Too Long; Didn't Read ADDRESS AT AN EARLY BANQUET OF THE WASHINGTON
The twelfth toast was as follows: “Woman—The pride of any
profession, and the jewel of ours.”
MR. PRESIDENT,—I do not know why I should be singled out to receive the greatest distinction of the evening—for so the office of replying to the toast of woman has been regarded in every age. I do not know why I have received this distinction, unless it be that I am a trifle less homely than the other members of the club. But be this as it may, Mr. President, I am proud of the position, and you could not have chosen any one who would have accepted it more gladly, or labored with a heartier good-will to do the subject justice than I—because, sir, I love the sex. I love all the women, irrespective of age or color.