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Tewksbury (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
t me. Of his own motion the governor can nominate officers, but these officers cannot serve until the appointments are agreed to by an executive council of nine. In my council every member but one was opposed to me. The governor cannot even pardon an innocent man out of the State prison except by the advice and consent of the council. There was but one thing that I could do, and that was to attempt to reform the eleemosynary institutions of the State. I found that the State almshouse at Tewksbury, where there were some seven or eight hundred State paupers, more or less, had been carried on with such extent of peculation, that even the corpses of the paupers that died there were sold as a matter of traffic, and were delivered at Harvard College for use there; and that sometimes the bodies were skinned and the skins tanned. I attempted an investigation of that lazar house. The Republican party employed counsel to sustain the officer of the institution at great expense, and did ever
Stevens (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
e seen, a part of the debt secured by mortgage of the whole property of the United States, without depreciation. Our debt now is $2,500,000,000, about $2,200,000,000 of it interest-bearing. Suppose we issue our legal-tender greenbacks, as I will call them for convenience, and buy up or redeem our interest-bearing debt that is due to the amount of $1,000,000,000. Then our debt stands, James F. Wilson, Iowa. Geo. S. Boutwell, Mass. John A. Logan, El. Benj. F. Butler, Mass. Thaddeus Stevens, Penn. Thos. Williams, Penn. Jno. A. Bingham, Ohio: managers of the House of Representatives of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson. $1,000,000,000 of non-interest-bearing debt, and $1,500,000,000 of interest-bearing debt. Now, if that $1,000,000,000 of circulation is too much, i. e., more than is needed for currency, I agree with the gentleman from Maine that it will be depreciated. But what is too much? Too much is more than will be absorbed. as currency in the business of the c
Brooklyn (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
saved the country in war, and which has given it prosperity and happiness in peace. To it four million men owe their emancipation from slavery; to it labor is indebted for elevation from that thrall of degradation in which it has been enveloped for ages. I stand for that money, therefore, which is by far the better agent and instrument of exchange of an enlightened and free people than gold and silver, the money alike of the Barbarian and the Despot. Mr. Chittenden, a member from Brooklyn, N. Y., who was an honest opponent of my doctrine, came to me after I had finished my speech, and said: You evidently believe in the legal correctness of your opinion? Certainly. ( Can this question be brought before the Supreme Court? Certainly. If it can, will you present the matter from your standpoint? I will. How can it be done? he asked. Let an amount of merchandise, said I, be bought by A payable, according to the custom of the trade, in thirty days. The trans
Lowell (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
with the Army of the James in Virginia. In the summer of 1865 we were on Cape Ann again, where we spent a very delightful season in sailing and fishing, and the full enjoyment of a free life. This residence was about forty miles from my home at Lowell, and outside of the congressional district in which that city is situated. When autumn came we struck the tent, and afterwards I spent the winter at Washington before the courts there. In 1866 we returned to our tent, and in fishing and fowlingxt elections came I supposed the contest would be given up. At least, I was so assured by the Republican State Committee, and as the Republican National Committee wanted my services in Indiana, and promised to Views at General Butler's home at Lowell. Library. take care of my district, I spent many weeks in the Western States. I spoke on the platform there and made a great many personal friends whether I made any Republican votes or not. But I returned only to find that in the meantime my
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
alities, so long as these offences were such as would affect the dignity and purity of conduct in office. When the board of managers met, Thaddeus Stevens, of Pennsylvania, the great commoner, as he was styled, wished to be chosen chairman of the board as he had drawn up one of the principal articles of impeachment. While he wasy in his speech as to the currency in which this loan should be paid. And the first evidence of the contract he puts forward is that the honorable member from Pennsylvania [Mr. Stevens]--not now in his seat — did not say, at the time the act was passed, that the principal was payable in currency. Well, the gentleman from PennsylPennsylvania sets forth in a letter recently written by him as a reason why he did not say it was payable in currency, that he did not think anybody but a fool would think it was not. That is not my language; it is his; that is the ground he puts it on; and when he comes in he and the gentleman from Maine can fight the battle out. I am q
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
as I ever did on any occasion in my life. But summoning up such courage as I could, I stuck to my post and addressed the Senate in a speech of two hours length, of which forty thousand copies were ordered by the House the next day for circulation throughout the country. The board of managers occupied the floor of the Senate chamber at the left of the chief justice. On the right sat Attorney-General Stanbury, Mr. Evarts of New York, Judge B. R. Curtis, of Massachusetts, Judge Nelson, of Tennessee, and other gentlemen, counsel for Andrew Johnson, President of the United States. I had brought it to the attention of the board of managers that we should have Mr. Johnson brought in and placed at the bar of the Senate to be tried according to the forms of the English law,--or as Judge Chase had been tried when Aaron Burr presided over the Senate,--and required by the presiding officer to stand until the Senate offered him a chair. But our board of managers was too weak in the knees o
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
ama claims you shall never be Governor of Massachusetts I will be Governor of Massachusetts anMassachusetts and he becomes Governor that council Tewksbury the Fast-day proclamation Appointees Harvard CollEvarts of New York, Judge B. R. Curtis, of Massachusetts, Judge Nelson, of Tennessee, and other genem. Mr. Blaine. Will the gentleman from Massachusetts [Mr. Butler] allow me to read one sentence war by saying that I would be governor of Massachusetts. I then came to the conclusion that I coure is one other thing that the governor of Massachusetts by long custom and law can do, and that isPeirce, Secretary. God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Now, be it known that the goodtlemen who occupied many of the pulpits in Massachusetts were quite active politicians, and it was ver been appointed to a judicial office in Massachusetts, and a vacancy occurring on the bench in tt degree to the President who should visit Massachusetts during his term of office, and it was give[16 more...]
Scotland (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 22
Wendell Phillips. at an enormous cost, and maintain for four years, blockading fleets whose business was simply to prevent the running in and out of Confederate ports of vessels loaded with arms, ammunition, provisions, and every class of smuggled goods. As I have stated before, Southern cotton had advanced from ten cents a pound at the beginning of the war to a dollar a pound. It must be had in England or the laborers of her cotton manufactories would starve. The steamship builders of Scotland and England supplied large numbers of blockade runners of the finest construction, and of the greatest speed, so as to elude and escape our slower, old-fashioned naval vessels. All these smuggled supplies substantially were paid for in cotton, and one half of all the cotton shipped abroad was by the act of the Confederate Congress to be devoted to the purchase of Confederate governmental supplies. There is a curious fact that I desire to state in regard to blockade running and the cap
Lynn (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
n alternate nights to different audiences. The people gathered around me; the bondholders gathered around him. It was evident that if he could not get the people away from me his votes would be scarce. He himself claimed to be of the aristocratic class in Massachusetts, and he attempted in his speeches to put himself on a level with the common people for the purpose of getting their votes, and his efforts afforded me infinite amusement as I replied to him. He went among the workingmen of Lynn, who are almost all shoemakers, and showed how well he knew the manner in which people liked to be approached by those who seek their votes. He undertook to answer a charge made against him of being an aristocrat and wearing white gloves and holding himself apart and above the people. He laid himself out in the speech in which he did this, and it was the most amusing one I ever read. He said in substance:-- Fellow-citizens, I am accused of being an aristocrat. It is said that I wear wh
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 22
hose he terms the authorized agents of the United States who disposed of the loan. Allow me here trough other means into the Treasury of the United States, and at the same time should issue to the n by the non-interest-bearing notes of the United States without any shock to the business of the cf the Treasury with gold at 200 and bought United States five-twenty bonds at par. They stepped intwhich I have yet to be taught, because the United States is the final indorser and payer of all thef the United States to redeem notes of the United States. If we can release, therefore, the whole onsideration the currency furnished by the United States, the $300,000,000 of greenbacks, or about ty up to the amount of notes issued by the United States, it will be at once got; when it is not wasuit against A in the circuit court of the United States for the amount of his claim. Let A answercondescend to direct the Government of the United States, and give them wisdom to discern and firmn[65 more...]
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