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JOHN W. FORNEY
WHILE HE WAS
SECRETARY OF THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
FROM 1851 TO 1855
FROM 1862 TO 1868
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1881, by
HARPER & BROTHERS,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND VOLUME.
The immense success of the first volume of my “Anecdotes of Public Men" encouraged the preparation of the new series now presented to the public; and the reader will find, I hope, in this large variety of characters and scenes, the same kindly spirit to the living and the dead. Written in the turmoil of great excitement at Washington, while I was in a high official position, and in Philadelphia after I had voluntarily resigned all office, and in a foreign country when I was acting as the American Commissioner to promote the success of the Centennial Exhibition, between the years 1874 and 1876, I claim the indulgence of the press for all mistakes and omissions.
This second volume appears after an exciting political campaign, in which I supported the Democratic candidate for President, on the plea of sincere devotion to the conciliation of the sections. It was that which led me to vote for General Hancock; and it is my hope that his victorious competitor may keep the same aim before him all through his administration. I am rather proud of the fact that there is not a page in this book inconsistent with my own earnest desire to do justice to the motives of all men, of whatever rank, religion, party, or country. Published at a time when the passions of a great presidential struggle are slowly dying, and when all our people are looking forward to a new era of production and prosperity, I feel that this volume will be read with pleasure, and perhaps with profit, in all the states.