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1  and Hay's ‘Life of Lincoln,’ vol. VIII. pp. 416, 427, 428. In his last Cabinet meeting, April 14, 1865, the President thought it providential that the end of the rebellion came when the question of reconstruction could be considered, as far as the Executive was concerned, without interference by Congress. Ibid., vol. x. p 283, G. Welles in the ‘Galaxy,’ April, 1872, p. 526.
2 Mr. Lincoln said this of Sumner, Jan 18, 1865. （Nicolay and Hay's ‘Life of Lincoln,’ vol. x. pp. 84, 85.) He said at the Cabinet meeting on the last day of his life, ‘These humanitarians break down all State rights and constitutional rights. Had the Louisianians inserted the negro in their Constitution, and had that instrument been in all other respects the same, Mr. Sumner would never have excepted to that Constitution.’ G. Welles in the ‘Galaxy,’ April, 1872, p. 526.
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