Oct 26 1864 Speech of the Honorable Thomas Swann
Speech of Honorable Thomas Swann in the Convention.
The Hon. Thomas Swann was announced, and introduced to the Convention as the "first Governor of Maryland under the Free State Constitution" amidst the utmost enthusiasm on the part of the delegates and the spectators in attendance. Mr. Swann spoke as follows:
Gentlemen of the Convention:
I have just received, through a committee of your body, the announcement that you have selected me as your candidate for the first Governor under the Free Constitution of Maryland. [Applause.] In conveying to you my readiness to accept this trust, should your action meet with a response from the people of the State, you will permit me to return you my most sincere thanks for this distinguished mark of your confidence. Such an endorsement of past record, after so many years labor in the interest of the State of Maryland, and more recently as connected with the national issues which are now engrossing the attention of the country - coming from the representatives of the people - has sunk deep into my heart. I do not feel that I am at liberty to shrink from any duty or responsibility in a crisis like the present. [Applause.] The State of Maryland is about entering upon a new career. [Great applause.] With the adoption of a Free Constitution, and a change in her present system of labor - involving, as it does, the whole domestic organization - there is a duty before us which may well excite the ambition of every true Marylander. [Applause]. My past service will be the best guaranty of the future, and of my desire, so often manifested heretofore, to place Maryland in the rank which her geographical position, her fertile soil, her inexhaustible mineral resources, and her enlarged manufacturing capabilities entitle her to occupy. The centre of our Union, with her star no longer dimmed by the blight of Slavery [applause], the future of our State, under a practical and vigorous development of the many facilities which nature has thrown her way, will be at once established; and not the least of our causes for thankfulnss and congratulation, when we shall have emerged from the war in which we are now engaged, will be that Maryland will find herself in the category of Free States. [Great applause.]
Permit me, in conclusion, to thank you again, gentlemen, for the distinguished honor you have done me.
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