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December 12th, 1872 AD (search for this): chapter 2
public decency? Pinch could not be addressed as Governor; neither could he be recognised in open words. But, since he was acting as Governor, he might be addressed as Acting Governor, and his functions, though not acknowledged, might be taken as understood. Williams is adroit in vague and shadowy terms. Next day this telegram, which fully established the reign of anarchy, was seat from Washington to New Orleans :-- Acting Governor Pinchback, New Orleans. Department of Justice: Dec. 12, 1872. Let it be understood that you are recognized as the lawful Executive of Louisiana, and that the body assembled at the Mechanics' Institute is the lawful Legislature of the State; and it is suggested that you make proclamation to that effect, and also that all necessary assistance will be given to you and the Legislature herein recognized to protect the State from disorder and violence. On this authority from the Cabinet, Governor Warmoth was deposed and Pinchback was intailed in
December 11th, 1872 AD (search for this): chapter 2
n to Packard for advice, but Packard was afraid to speak. Every lawyer in New Orleans told him the warrants he was executing were illegal. No one in authority recognised Pinch; and Packard, brazen as he was, declined to stir one step unless supported by a message from the White House. Unable to move without Pinch, as Pinch was unable to move without Packard, Kellogg threw himself on his patron, President Grant, and wired this message to Attorney General Williams:-- New Orleans: Dec. 11, 1872. If President in some way indicate recognition, Governor Pinchback and Legislature would settle everything. If President indicate-only indicate recognition --in some way indicate-colourably indicate — recognition of Governor Pinchback, then-all will be well. George H. Williams is a man of large resources, never failing in audacity, but he was not prepared to ask the President to recognise a Negro rowdy as Governor of Louisiana, merely because that Negro rowdy, in the absence of
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