The Writings of Carl Schurz/To Edward L. Pierce, April 6th, 1859


Milwaukee, April 6, 1859.

Your favor of the 2nd inst. is received. I shall send you all the papers you want as soon as I can hunt them up. At the same time I shall write a few lines to the committee who have honored me with an invitation to the Jefferson festival.

Herewith I send you a copy of my speech on State-rights delivered in our judicial campaign. Would it not be a good thing to have it republished in a Massachusetts paper and to state in a note that the foreigner who made it would be disfranchised by your amendment if he lived in your progressive and intelligent Commonwealth? The fact is that I was naturalized and got my final papers of citizenship not quite two years ago. It would indeed be a telling illustration of the bearing of the amendment.

If you should publish the speech, cut off the last paragraph about the “candidates.”