The Writings of Carl Schurz/To Ex-President Cleveland, June, 1892


[June, 1892.]

I congratulate you most heartily upon your nomination. You have won a triumph of extraordinary significance. It is the triumph of the healthiest kind of public opinion. You have been nominated by the people over the heads of the politicians; and the people have preferred you for those very qualities which in the eyes of the machine politicians disqualified you. And for the same qualities the people are going to elect you too. The more the people become convinced that you will courageously follow your sense of right without fear of consequences, the more votes you will get. There will be half a dozen Independents and even Republicans voting for you in the place of every disaffected Democrat, if such there be.

Will you be so kind as to convey my congratulations also to Mrs. Cleveland. There will be general joy to see her in the White House again.