Ex-President Buchanan's Return to Wheatland
Philadelphia Morning Pennsylvanian, March 7, 1861
Ex-President BUCHANAN, with his large escort of disinterested friends and sincere admirers, arrived at Lancaster yesterday. Our telegraphic column will show how affectionately, generously and nobly he was received by his neighbors. With no rewards to bestow, with no promises to make or expectations to fulfil, Mr. BUCHANAN was received by the people of Lancaster with a degree of enthusiasm and affection as gratifying to him as it was honorable to them. Pursued by ungrateful men who have prospered on his bounty and been fed from his hands, and who, with the malignity of fiends, have sought to embitter his last days, to make his home hateful and his neighbors enemies, he has returned to Lancaster only to find that the assaults of these ingrates have made his friends more ardent and more numerous.
His journey from Washington to Lancaster has resembled more the triumphal tour of an incoming President than the return of a statesman whose power has departed. He has at every point been greeted with the cordial grasp and the hearty hurrah. These evidences of the attachment of the people are as real as they are spontaneous. Money could not purchase them, and of offices he has no more to bestow.
At Wheatland, which he has rendered historical, he will enjoy that repose which was denied him in Washington. Happen what may—and disaster, we fear, is certain, since a corrupt party is inaugurated in power—he will have the satisfaction of knowing that he did not bequeath to his country the bloody inheritance of civil war. May his last days be as happy as his former ones have been useful.