Excerpt from Speeches (in Part) Of Hon. J. Warren Keifer, of Ohio: In the House of Representatives, Forty-Fifth and Forty-Sixth Congresses, and Certain Parliamentary Decisions Made by Him as Speaker of the Forty-Seventh Congress, 1877-1883
In 1875 this Congress gave to the country the resumption law, which did not promise resumption until seven years after speedy resumption had been demanded by all the par ties of the country, the Republican, the Democratic, the Liberal and all the other parties; and yet we are now told that we forced this matter hastily upon the country.
Since the passage of the act the Democratic party has continued to demand specie pay ments. Governor Tilden was made the standard-bearer of that party only one year ago. He had always favored specie resumption. He recommended, immediately after the passage of the resumption act as governor, and the New York Legislature passed and be approved, a bill, now the law of New York State, which requires all taxes to be collected in gold - no silver - and all contract obligations payable in the State of New York to be performed by payments in coin after January 1, 1879.
Tilden was placed on a platform which favored resumption of specie payments and which arraigned the Republican party before the bar of the world for not having resumed specie payments on the surrender of the insurgent armies. Lest some may be prone to forget that platform, I read an extract from it, as follows.
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