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[118] White citizens of New Orleans, and charging disorder in the South on the military party, have created a profound excitement. When such party men as Foster and Phelps can find no word to say for their political friends, the cause is lost; yet President Grant was minded to go on, assume the burthen of events, and leave Sheridan free to take his course. He framed a Message to Congress in this sense.

But beyond the War Office, where his adjutants fumed and smoked, he found few backers. Senators of his own opinions and of great experience in affairs, came to his private cabinet and told him he was wrecking his party, if not ruining his country. The Republicans have lost so much, they are afraid of risking more. By secrecy and silence on the Caesarian question of a third term, the President lost them many thousands of supporters in the North, and now, by his unhappy interference with the Legislature of New Orleans, the South is gone. The Senators fear to face new trials. Are they to go further in a course for which Radicals like Foster and Phelps cannot say a word?

High office has no effect in softening censure

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