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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4 4 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: December 14, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 50: last months of the Civil War.—Chase and Taney, chief-justices.—the first colored attorney in the supreme court —reciprocity with Canada.—the New Jersey monopoly.— retaliation in war.—reconstruction.—debate on Louisiana.—Lincoln and Sumner.—visit to Richmond.—the president's death by assassination.—Sumner's eulogy upon him. —President Johnson; his method of reconstruction.—Sumner's protests against race distinctions.—death of friends. —French visitors and correspondents.—1864-1865. (search)
Congress who if their motives were good were nevertheless impracticable, and who possessed feelings of hate and vindictiveness in which h did not sympathize and could not participate. This remark may have been intended to apply to Wade, Davis, Stevens, and Sumner; but certainly it did not justly apply to Sumner, who was not influenced by those passions. On Sunday, the 16th (Andrew Johnson now being President), Stanton read his draft at the war department to Sumner and other gentlemen, memberscause he had at heart was safe with the new President. There were, however, not wanting some disturbing signs. Carl Schurz wrote Sumner, May 9, warning against the schemes of Southern leaders in Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina. Thaddens Stevens wrote, May 10, with alarm at the President's proclamation of the day before, recoganizing the Pierpont government of Virginia. A caucus was held in the National Hotel in Washington, May 12, with a view of preventing the Administration from
Centreville, Va., Dec. 13. --There are no present indications of a battle here. We have New York dates to the 1st inst., and you probably have as late dates in Richmond.--There are no tidings from Europe about the Mason and Sildell affair. The abolition press are much exercised at Gen. McClellan's tardy execution of the war, and are ouging a forward movement. Sherman, of Ohio, in the Senate, in adverting to the inquiry into the Bull Run and Bull's Bluff affairs, thought that there were causes why the whole conduct of the war should be investigated. The special correspondent of the New York Tribune states that Thaddens Stevens had announced in the Republican caucus that Gen. McClellan had threatened to resign unless the obnoxious part of Cameron's report about slaves should be expunged. Messrs. Mason, Slidell, Eustis, and McFarland had published a report in the New York Herald protesting against their seizure. Butler's expedition sails on the 18th inst.