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Greeley makes a motion to admit the Southern members.

--You who don't like all the views and acts of President Johnson, let us know what you propose to gain for black suffrage, and how you mean to secure it by breaking with the President. Admit that we shall not get on so fast as we might wish in his company, show us how we are to get on faster by making him our enemy.

Bear in mind that we do not ask nor expect Congress to do whatever the President may propose — nothing of the kind. Congress has the same right to dictate to him that he has to dictate to Congress — that is none at all. But we cannot find fault with him for expressing his own views frankly — that being our own way — and asking Congress to consider them; just as we thought Congress had a perfect right to pass the Stevens resolve on the first day of its session before hearing from the President. Let the White House and the Capitol each speak its mind; let the two utterances be compared and weighed; let us see wherein they differ and what basis of agreement they present. We once saw the House extricate itself from a mischievous and every way unlucky collision with the Senate by adopting a motion to concur with an amendment. We make that motion in the case now in hand. The South wants to be restored to its old status in Congress and elsewhere; the President seconds the application. We cannot deem it either desirable or possible to protract the present state of things indefinitely. We move a concurrence in the demand for restoration, with an amendment guaranteeing to the freedmen and all blacks all the rights of manhood throughout the whole extent of our country. But let this, in good faith, be presented as a means of getting the ex-rebel States speedily back into Congress — not as a device for keeping them out. --New York Tribune.

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