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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

Full Discussion and Fair Argument

Full Discussion and Fair Argument.

I appear before you at your request. On one point at least we agree. It is your good pleasure to listen to arguments in favor of principles and doctrines with which you do not agree because in your judgment they are not sound. You do not, on that account, question my honesty of purpose, my sincerity of conviction, or my love of country. Perhaps the speaker of this afternoon and his hearers are as wide apart on this question as any two individuals in the country. Yet we have come together,—I, to address you in plainness of speech, not wanting, I trust, in courtesy; you, to listen patiently and attentively.