I was a mugwump. We, the mugwumps, a little company made up of the unenslaved
of both parties, the very best men to be found in the two great parties--that
was our idea of it--voted sixty thousand strong for Mr. Cleveland in New
York and elected him. Our principles were high, and very definite. We
were not a party; we had no candidates; we had no axes to grind. Our vote
laid upon the man we cast it for no obligation of any kind. By our rule
we could not ask for office; we could not accept office. When voting,
it was our duty to vote for the best man, regardless of his party name.
We had no other creed. Vote for the best man--that was creed enough.
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