Quotation by Chester A. Arthur

Indiana was really, I suppose, a Democratic State. It has always been put down in the book as a state that might be carried by a close and careful and perfect organization and a great deal of—[from audience: "soap"Ma reference to purchased votes, the word being followed by laughter].
I see reporters here, and therefore I will simply say that everybody showed a great deal of interest in the occasion, and distributed tracts and political documents all through the country.
Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886), U.S. president. New York Times (February 12, 1881). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 11, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).

The remarks concerned the presidential election of 1880. An uncritical admirer later claimed that Arthur had said that the speech was invented by an unfriendly reporter.
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