It’s not too often that our most famous Eph alum is featured in the news, but President Garfield’s preparation for his Inaugural Address is discussed in detail in this week’s New Yorker.   The article quotes a particularly timely passage of Garfield’s Address:

My countrymen, we do not now differ in our judgment concerning the controversies of past generations, and fifty years hence our children will not be divided in their opinions concerning our controversies. They will surely bless their fathers and their fathers’ God that the Union was preserved, that slavery was overthrown, and that both races were made equal before the law. We may hasten or we may retard, but we can not prevent, the final reconciliation. Is it not possible for us now to make a truce with time by anticipating and accepting its inevitable verdict?

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