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Governor Raymond : These gentlemen and myself represent the citizens of Chicago and by them we have been instructed to give you, and the ladies who accompany you, a hearty welcome to the hospitality of the "Garden City. "
Although this may possibly be your first visit to our city, we do not consider you at all in the light of a stranger in a strange land; for your fame has preceded you, and in our homes your name is known in connection with your enviable war-record and the important measures which have distinguished you in our national councils. Nor are you in any sense a stranger to the great metropolis of the Central States of our Union, for yon have often spoken brave words in our behalf as a commercial and manufacturing city - words for which we heartily thank you and gladly welcome you here to-day.
As we have been informed that your visit has no political or commercial significance, we do not propose, in welcoming you, to beset you with an imposing array of facts and figures relating to our municipal position in the Union, but, instead, to make your sojourn with us a source of pleasure and recreation. For this purpose all our arrangements have been perfected for escorting you to such places as we deem will give you most delight, and to provide such other entertainments as hospitality may suggest for your comfort and convenience.
We have provided suitable apartments for you at the---------Hotel, and shall be pleased to regard you as our guest while you remain in the city.
We ask, however, that should it be consistent with your wishes and arrangements, you will allow us to announce a public reception tomorrow evening, at your hotel, in order that your numerous friends, embracing the wealth and culture of our population, may be enabled to express their welcome to you in person.
Gentlemen: The warm greeting which meets me at the threshold of your thrifty and renowned city, I believe, is an earnest of the esteem which the people of Chicago desire to express for me. and I fully appreciate their kindness and very generous reception.
My first visit to Chicago, gentlemen, was in 1832, when General Scott (under whom I was then only a subaltern officer) came to Fort Dearborn, in pursuance of military orders from headquarters. The city was not then in existence, and the place was a wilderness. General Scott, for want of better accommodations, slept in a wooden trough, and I, a mere lad, was glad to "bunk" upon the ground in a blanket. The fort was a hospital, for the cholera was making fearful ravages in the little garrison.
To-day I come to a city, they tell me, of 600,000 inhabitants, where not a vestige of the old Indian village or the fort remains. A city so great that the most terrific conflagration of modern times has not been able to destroy its vigor or wealth. A city that controls the trade of nations. A city that has no equal for rapid growth and augmentation in the world. A city that contains the elements of high civilization in great profusion.
Gentlemen, I am telling you nothing new, and I desist; but I am come prepared to be still farther astounded than I now am at your prosperity and the magnitude of your business and social institutions. With the Queen of Sheba, I feel that " the half has not been told. " I therefore submit myself to your care and direction, believing that as your guest I shall find new causes for enlarging my views of Chicago and her hospitable citizens.