My dear Lilly It is too hot to enter into an argument or I should address this epistle to Alexis on the subject of his threatening to vote for Tilden. I trust however before he gets a chance to vote that calmer thoughts may possess his mind. I think I said a little on this subject in my last letter though as I did not then know of Alexis's indignation I perhaps did not say as much as I ought to have said. When the nomination was made Danl B. Smith said it reminded him of an old saying of someone who was minister from some European government to the U.S. many years ago. That
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