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Context of "My friends." : When in July 1863, the city of New York was under the reign of a mob ... when arson, plunder, murder, and all the infernal passions of a brutalized mob were holding high carnival ... then Horatio Seymour, the candidate of the McClellan Confederate Peace Democracy for governor of New York, requested the men doing these bloody deeds, to meet him in front of the City Hall in New York, and there began his coaxing, blarneying address to them, with the words "My friends." ..
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