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curse." The rebels desire that the United States troops shall be withdrawn, and their places supplied by State troops composed of officers and men from the rebel army, who would sooner protect the rebel oppressor than the loyal men.

While important service in the rebellion is a sure passport to political and social position and distinction, a systematic effort is made to brand every man with disgrace who has been true to the Government, thus openly and defiantly rewarding treason and punishing loyalty. It is a fact, to which I challenge contradiction, that in spite of all the caution, expostulations, arguments, and demands of the President in regard to the election of loyal men in the States he is attempting to reconstruct, with every consideration of policy urging them to a decent regard, for the time being at least, to the loyal sentiments of the country, the men who have been the most active and efficient in the rebellion are the most popular at the polls, and receive the largest vote. It is very true that some good men, under the pressure of circumstances, have been elected. A few such have been sent here as claimants of seats in this House-men who would honor the position they claim, and with whom we should all be most happy to be associated as members of this Congress, could we feel that they had a loyal constituency, able to maintain a loyal govern

ruinous to us.

"Every rebel in all this country, every McClellan man, and every ex-guerrilla chief, are loud and enthusiastic in praise of the President. The men who but a few months since were cursing him for an abolitionist and traitor, and wishing him executed, are now for executing all who dare oppose his policy or even doubt its success.

"There is twice the amount of bitterness and intolerance in the South to-day toward the Union and everything northern that there was at the time of Lee's surrender. Abuse of Union men, of the radical majority in Congress, and self-assumed superiority on the part of the southern chivalry have arisen to such a height that loyal men cannot travel on a steamboat or in a railroad car without being insulted. As it was during the war, so it is now; all concessions from the North or from the majority in Congress are regarded as evidences of fear. All the old rebel presses of 1861 and many new ones are in full blast, threatening Congress and the North with ultimate vengeance and boasting of southern prowess. The most popular men in the largest portion of Tennessee to-day are the men most distinguished for their hostility to the North and what they are pleased to term the radical Congress, and they are the class of men selected to fill offices, as the late county elections show. The same is true of the entire South, only to a greater extent. In a word, they are resolved on breaking up the Government, and they expect to carry out their scheme through the ballot-box, and how men of candor and intelligence can represent them as loyal and kindly disposed is a mystery to me, even in this age of rebellion and treachery.'


"Why, sir, many of them are expecting the President to disperse Congress with the bayonet, as Cromwell dispersed the Long Parliament. The southern breast is being rapidly fired to deeds of valor; and all this, and more, as I believe, has been caused by the mistakes of the President. His plan of trusting rebels with their State governments has had an effect exactly the opposite of what he intended. It has ruined the prospects of the Union men, and they feel that there is no safety for them unless Congress shall choose to protect them. Even three days ago General Thomas had to send troops into Marshall county, some sixty miles distant, to protect loyal men and freedmen who were fleeing for safety and coming to the city.'

North Carolina has been regarded one of the most loyal of the rebellious States; but, judging from the following from the Raleigh Standard, this State, too, is following her sisters in rebellion in the work of rewarding rebels and punishing loyal men:

"The town of Wilmington, in this State, has recently passed by popular election from the hands of loyal Union men into the hands of original secessionists and latter-day war men. The same is true as to the county court of New Hanover, under the appointment of magistrates made by the Legislature. It is considered disreputable in Wilmington to be an outspoken unconditional Union man. General Robert Ransom, lately of the confederate service, has been chosen marshal of the town, with a salary of $2,000. General R. is, we presume, still unpardoned."

Colonel Stokes, one of the true men elected to this House from Tennessee, in a recent speech said:

"We know that admission now would destroy the Union element of the States. Congress is doing right in holding them back. When the rebel armies first surrendered, there was everywhere a disposition toward loyalty; but I stand here to-night to say that there is now a feeling as bitter toward the Union men of the South as there was in 1860-61. And the facts have proved that Congress, in its cool and deliberate treatment of the matter, deserves the thanks of all Union men, in giving an opportunity for these rebels to show their hands. Time will show that Congress was right."

This view of the spirit of the South is confirmed by the necessity which prompted General Grant to issue an order, on the 12th of January last, directing the military power to protect the loyal citizens of the rebellious States from the prejudice and violence, of their rebel neighbors, and further to protect colored pergons from prosecutions charged with offenses for which white persons are not prosecuted or punished in the same manner and degree.

All the accounts we receive from loyal sources, from Grant, from Schurz, from the agents of the Freedmen's Bureau, from every loyal man from the North who has visited the South, from every truly loyal man in the South, by petitions and entreaties, all agree that, if the military force should be removed, it would be impossible for Union men, black or white, to remain there. And yet the reconstructed Governor of Mississippi says they (the Union soldiers) are not needed, that they are "a disturbing element, a nuisance, and a blighting


In many instances the disloyalty of the persons voting, or the persons elected, has been so notorious that the President has been compelled to declare the election void, and withhold the certificate of election, or forbid their entering upon the duties of the office. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Postmaster General both declare that they are unable to find loyal men enough in those States, who are willing to take the prescribed oath, to fill the offices under their Departments, and we are called upon to repeal or modify the oath so as to allow these men, just out of the rebellion, to accept some of the most responsible and lucrative offices under the same Government they have been laboring for four long years to destroy. To a proposition so flagrantly wrong and perilous I will not consent by my vote. If there are not loyal men enough in the South who have been true to the Union to fill these offices, I would appoint some of the heroes of the war, and bid them take part in the administration of the government in the States they have saved by their valor.

A communication from Colonel De Gress, addressed to General Howard, and dated at Houston, Texas, December 15, 1865, says:

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harbor, or secrete any person who shall leave his employer without his consent shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment; thus reviving, as far as possible, the principles of the old slave code. These facts might be multiplied indefinitely, but enough have been presented to show that, while these people accept the fact of emancipation, they believe the principle is wrong, and intend to make the condition of the freedmen as near that of slavery as possible. There are, to be sure, very many good and loyal men in the South, and had they the control of the States all would be well; but the unwelcome truth is the rebels are in the ascendency. Loyalty is the exception and disloyalty the rule.

Governor Cox, of Ohio, in his report of the President's conversation on the 21st of Febru ary last makes him speak of what he is doing in those States for the purpose of "stimulating loyalty" no less than six times in that short conversation. I fear that too much of the little loyalty we see manifested by these men is of the "stimulated" kind; that it is a sickly plant at most, and will die out as soon as the stimulation shall cease. I have no confidence in this "stimulating" business. My own observation proves to my mind that, though you may get a little more out of a subject for a day by administering stimulants, in the end he will sink just as much below his natural condition as he has been raised above it. The facts in this case show that the President's southern patient has been stimulated too long, that the medicine has ceased to have any effect, and he is rapidly sinking, and is now even lower than when the first dose was administered.

This is a sad picture, but it represents the spirit of the men who rule a large portion of the eleven seceded States to-day, and but for the presence of the military force would rule them all. Mr. Lincoln held that those States were "out of their practical relations with the Union," and no one will deny that this state of things exists at the present time. The great work before us is to restore these States to their "practical relations with the Union" at the earliest moment consistent with the future security, peace, and perpetuity of the Govern


On whom devolves the duty of deciding when these States are in a condition to be represented here? Not the Executive. No such power has ever been delegated to him. Not the House of Representatives or the Senate acting independent of each other, but the law-making power of the Government alone is competent to perform this important duty. In confirmation of this view of the subject I add the express declarations of the President himself, through the Secretary of State. On July 24, 1865, Mr. Seward telegraphed to the "provisional governor' of Mississippi:

"The government of the State will be provisional only, until the civil authorities shall be restored with the approval of Congress."

So, on September 12, 1865, he wrote to Governor Marvin, of Florida:

"It must, however, be distinctly understood that the restoration to which your proclamation refers will be subject to the decision of Congress."

Thus it is seen that, as late as September, 1865, both these distinguished men agreed with the majority of Congress that the readmission of these States is to be subject to "the approval of Congress.'


In accordance with the President's and Mr. Seward's original plan, I hold that it is the duty of Congress to take the whole subject into consideration, as it is now doing, and decide just what guarantees it is absolutely necessary to require to secure equal and exact justice to all the citizens, and to prevent the recurrence of another rebellion in the future. This shonld be secured by such constitutional amendments as cannot fail to accomplish the object; and, on the ratification of these amendments by a vote of the people of these States, as a pledge of their sincerity and loyalty, I would allow them to be represented in Congress on an equal footing with the other States.

I venture to suggest some of the guarantees which, in my judgment, would best secure the well-being and mutual interest both of the North and South.

of this Congress to have been elected to the
Congress of the new government. Our Dem-
ocratic friends on the other side, who have
always sympathized with the rebels in their
treason and now regard them truly loyal, would
find themselves very much at home, and might
very properly cooperate with the confederate
statesmen and ex-rebel generals in the work of
such a Congress. But an unconditional Union
man who hates slavery and treason and loves
liberty could only go there for the purpose of
molding the Government in accordance with his
own views. Just so will it be with these ex-
rebels if we admit them to legislate for a Gov-
ernment for which they have no sympathy. It
will be like taking to our bosoms and warming
into life the scorpion whose sting is death. If
we should err in this matter and keep the States
in question out (or in the position they volun-
tarily assumed) a little longer than is absolutely
necessary, the error can be corrected; but if
they are admitted with treason in the hearts
of the governing classes of the people the evil
may be irreparable.

In this view of our duty in regard to the treat-
ment of leading traitors I utter no new declara-,
tions. These are the settled convictions of a
large portion of the Union men of the country.
They were the principles boldly advocated by
President Johnson in his better days, before his
head became giddy with power, and southern
rebels and northern copperheads led him cap-
tive at their will. In the Senate of the United
States, March 2, 1861, he said:


1. The leading intelligent traitors who knowingly and willingly went into the rebellionthose denominated by President Johnson "conscious traitors"-should be deprived of all political rights for the present at least, and until they shall have brought forth fruits meet for repentance, or the loyal sentiment of the States shall have become so strong as to render them powerless for evil. Aside from a few leaders, who by their official position or infernal conduct have been the representatives of treason, on whose heads should be visited the extreme penalty of a violated law as a vindication of the supremacy of law and order, and a notice to coming generations that henceforth "treason is a crime to be punished and made odious,' I would allow them to live in the country if they desire, and would heap coals of fire on their heads by securing to them full and complete protection of their persons, and the enjoyment of the fruits of their labor. This is all they expected when they laid down their arms; and, it appears to me, is all a rebel possessed of common decency would ask. Even Lucifer himself never had the presumption to insult the Almighty by going back after the overthrow of his rebellion and asking to be permitted to assist in the administration of the government he attempted to destroy, much less to claim the privilege as a right. There is no evidence that these men love the old Union any better now than when they were openly fighting against it. Their arms have been broken, but they are defiant still. They may accept the fact of emancipation, but they still believe that slavery is the best condition for the colored race, and it is but reasonable to suppose that as far as possible this idea would, if they were allowed to govern, be embodied in law, and carried out in their intercourse with the colored people. If I believed slavery to be right, and the relation of master and slave the best condition for both whites and blacks, I should use my influence to make the condition of the colored population as near that of slavery as possible, and if I disliked the form of Government under which I live as those men professed to hate the old Union, I should not cease my efforts to supplant the hated Government and establish one more in accordance with my own idea. Nothing less than this could be expected of me. Is it reasonable to suppose that the recent rebels would do less? Do not the acts of the Legislatures of many of these States just quoted answer the question with alarming significance?

Suppose in this contest the rebels had succeeded, the old Government been overthrown, and the confederate government, based on the divinity of slavery and the right of secession, had become the government of this nation, what would have become of us here? If we had been permitted to live, we might have thought ourselves fortunate. But suppose the members

"Show me who has been engaged in these conspiracies, who has fired upon our flag, who has given instructions to take our forts and custom-houses and arsenals and dock-yards, and I will show you a traitor. Were I President of the United States I would do as Thomas Jefferson did, in 1806. with Aaron Burr. I would have them arrested, and, if convicted within the meaning and scope of the Constitution, by the eternal God I would execute them.'

Our fathers gave the right of suffrage to free colored men in nearly all the States in the Union, and without any evil results. The idea that the black man has no rights that white men are bound to respect is of modern invention.

We have paid dearly for our refusal to do justice to the colored race. Had we emancipated and enfranchised the colored men when Mr. Seward declared the "irrepressible conflict," secession would have been impossible. These four years of blood and anguish have been the fearful punishment for our refusal to obey the demands of God's eternal justice. The sins of the fathers as well as our own have fallen upon us with terrible consequences, and are to be visited upon coming generations in the shape of an enormous debt. And now, though we have given the colored man-what we had no right to withhold from him-his liberty, if we fail to give him the common rights of citizens we may depend on still further judgments from Him who made the black men black, and the white men white, and stamped upon both His own image.

"But in calling a convention to restore the State, who shall restore and reestablish it? Shall the man who gave his influence and his means to destroy the Government? Is he to participate in the great work of reorganization? Shall he who brought this misery upon the State be permitted to control its destinies? If this be so, then all this precious blood of our brave soldiers and officers so freely poured out will have been wantonly spilled. All the glorious victories won by our noble armies will go for naught, and all the

battle-fields which have been sown with dead heroes

When Mr. Lincoln, on the 1st day of January, 1863, proclaimed liberty to the bondmen, freedom to a race in slavery, and invoked upon the act "the blessing of God and the considerate judgment of mankind," he meant

during the rebellion will have been made memorable
in vain."

I quote further from the same speech in proof something more than the mere form of freeof my statement:

dom. That act was intended to carry with it the common rights of manhood. And when we called on the black men to assist in saving our imperiled country, we did not intend to avail ourselves of his services on the field of danger and then abandon him to the tender mercies of his former master, made doubly malignant because of his efficient aid to the Union cause. Unless we protect him in his civil rights his liberty is but a solemn mockery. The colored man, by rallying to the standard of a nation which had given him no rights except those of a slave, and bearing aloft our flag in the thickest of the fight, has earned his rights to all the privileges of a man. And if we deny him those privileges a God of justice will frown upon us, and mankind will curse us for our perfidy.

The practical question presented is, whether we will restore the government of the States recently in rebellion to the loyal or disloyal men. Will you trust the men who were hunted down by dogs, plundered of their property, imprisoned in loathsome dungeons, compelled to see their wives and little ones cruelly treated, exiled from their homes, driven to the mountains, to caves, and rocks, compelled to see their loyal associates shot down like dogs, dragged to the scaffold and hung as felons, and sub

In a speech made in Nashville, Tennessee, June 9, 1864, indicating his acceptance of the nomination made at the Baltimore convention, two days before, he said:

"Treason must be made odious and traitors must be punished and impoverished. Their great plantations must be seized, and divided into small farms, and sold to honest, industrious men. The day for protecting the lands and negroes of these authors of rebellion is past. It is high time it was."





The disloyal leaders who vacated their seats in this Hall in 1861, after having spent four years in an infamous attempt to destroy the Union by force of arms, and in vilifying the Constitution of our fathers without so much as professing to love the "old Government" better than when they were fighting against it, with the blood of four hundred thousand murdered patriots still unwashed from their hands, ask to come back into the Halls of Congress; and they and some others in high and low places seem to think it very strange that they are not permitted at once to become the guardians of the institutions they so abhor. Before such cool affrontery Satan's rebellion in heaven falls into insignificance. They have been here before and basely violated their oaths and took advantage of their official position to overthrow the Constitution and Government they had sworn to protect. They are no better now, and we should be false to our high trust to allow these men to come back again to renact the scenes of 1861.

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"Why all this carnage and devastation? It was that treason might be put down and traitors punished. Therefore I say that traitors should take a back seat in the work of restoration. I say that the traitor has ceased to be a citizen, and in joining the rebellion has become a public enemy. He forfeited his right to vote with loyal men when he renounced his citizenship and sought to destroy our Government. Wo say to the most honest and industrious foreigner who comes from England or Germany to dwell among us, and to add to the wealth of the country, Before you can be a citizen you must stay here for five years.' If we are so cautious about foreigners, who voluntarily renounce their homes to live with us, what should we say to the traitor, who, although born and reared among us, has raised a parricidal hand against the Government which always protected him? My judgment is that he should be subjected to a severe ordeal before he is restored to citizenship. A fellow who takes the oath merely to save his property, and denies the validity of the oath, is a perjured man, and not to be trusted. Before these repenting rebels can be trusted, let them bring forth the fruits of repentance. He who helped to make all these widows and orphans, who draped the streets of Nashville in mourning, should suffer for his great crime."

spective of race or color. The loyal men, white and black, who have always loved the old flag and were true to it in the darkest hours, can now be trusted to aid in the administration of the Government.

Right here it is objected that by placing the colored people on an equality before the law with the whites you will bring about a war of races. And this cry has been heard from the lowest groggery in the land up through all the grades of society to the White House. Do not these people understand that the measures they propose are the only measures that can possibly bring about a war of races in this country? What creates a war of races? It is the application of one law to one race and another to another race in the same community. It is granting privileges to one race which you withhold from the other, thus engendering jealousy, hatred, revenge, and terminating in open hostility. I admit that one hundred and fifty thousand men, trained to war, representing four or five million people stung to madness by the refusal of the Government to recognize their manhood, would be a dangerous element in any Government. But give the colored man the common rights that belong to man, give him an equal opportunity with the whites, subject him to the same laws, award to him the privileges you claim for yourself, bid him God speed in his efforts to raise himself from his degraded condition, and a war of races will be impossible.

These are precisely the doctrines I advocate to-day, and, in the name of the people I represent, I call upon the President to cooperate with Congress in giving them practical appli


2. All the civil and political rights belonging to citizenship, including the right of suffrage, should be guarantied to all loyal citizens, irre

jected to all the outrages and indignities that devils could invent, and still stood true to the old flag, faithful among the faithless, or the men who were the authors and active perpetrators of all these cruelties? Shall we give heed to the entreaties of the men who have always been true and never faltered, and who now implore us to protect them from the rage of their rebel neighbors, or the recent traitors in arms who come to us with their hands still reeking with the blood of our murdered brothers, and, without any evidence of sorrow for what they have done, or the least signs of regret for their stupendous wickedness, demand an opportunity to accomplish by the ballot and other civil influences what they have failed to do by the sword?

Some say if you give the ballot to the negro his old master will control it. So when we talked about putting them in the Army it was said they would turn against us and fight for their old masters; but when were soldiers truer than they? Go ask at Port Hudson, at Milliken's Bend, and Fort Wagner, where their spirits went up from their black bodies to their God in defense of liberty, the Constitution, and the Union, and tell me whether these men can be depended on. The men who will peril their lives on the field of battle in defense of our Constitution will vote for it if you will give them an opportunity.

It is objected that the colored people are too ignorant to be intrusted with the ballot, but it is an objection that applies only to color. The most ignorant foreigner that ever landed from an emigrant ship, the most benighted poor white in all the South, is deemed a safe depositary of this important trust, providing he has noshade of African blood in his veins. Scarcely a black man can be found in the whole country who was so ignorant that he did not know and choose the right side during the war, while his intelligent master was generally on the wrong side. I would sooner trust a loyal black man with the ballot than a disloyal white man. The argument that would exclude a poor or ignorant colored man from the right to vote would also exclude the poor or ignorant white man. The more this question is discussed the stronger are the convictions of the people "that the only way to secure and perpetuate our Government in its purity is to confer upon all the races of men equal rights, or such opportunities as will prepare them for the enjoyment of equal rights."

And the time is not far distant when the people of this country will acquiesce in this principle as fully as they now do in the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery, which our Democratic friends so strenuously opposed.

In these views I also find myself sustained by the declarations of the President. In his Nashville speech, before referred to, he said:

3. We should forever prohibit the payment of the confederate and State debts contracted in aid of the rebellion, and prohibit the nation and the States from making payment for emancipated slaves. Already the less cautious rebels are talking about being able, by the aid of northern Democrats, when they shall be rep resented in Congress, to compel the General Government to assume their debt or repudiate the whole. James L. Orr, the so-called Governor of South Carolina, says:

"If there be but five thousand men in Tennessee loyal to the Constitution, loyal to freedom, loyal to justice, these true and faithful men should control the work of reorganization and reformation absolutely.'

In August, 1865, the President recommended to Governor Sharkey, of Mississippi, the extension of the franchise "to all persons of color who can read the Constitution of the United States in English and write their names, and to all persons of color who own real estate valued at not less than $250 and pay taxes thereon."

In October last the President was in favor of negro suffrage. He then said to Major

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"I therefore cherish the hope that Congress will, as soon as the public debt is provided for, make some just and equitable arrangement to make the citizens of the South some compensation for the slaves manumitted by the United States authorities."

General Schurz, in his report to the President,


"In fact, there are abundant indications, in newspaper articles, public speeches, and electioneering documents of candidates, which render it eminently probable that on the claim of compensation for their emancipated slaves, the southern States, as soon as readmitted to representation in Congress, will be almost a unit. In the Mississippi convention the idea was broached by Mr. Potter, in an elaborate speech, to have the late slave States relieved from taxation 'for years to come, in consideration of debts due them for the emancipated slaves;' and this plan I have frequently heard advocated in private conversations."

Hon. John Covode, in his account of an interview with Governor Wells, of Louisiana,

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This is the programme now shadowed forth, and which, if not put to rest forever, will be a source of infinite trouble to us hereafter. We owe it to the loyal tax-payers North and South to provide that they shall not be taxed to pay the expenses of a war to destroy the nation's life; and we owe it to the holders of our national securities, as well as our own credit and financial stability, to provide by amendment to the fundamental law that none of these pretended claims shall ever be paid.


4. The doctrine of secession should be repudiated and branded with everlasting infamy. This proposition is too plain to need argument The experience of the last four years, the graves of four hundred thousand fallen heroes, the emblems of mourning all over the country, all speak in thunder tones, demanding that this doctrine hereafter shall find no place among the possibilities of the country.

The Union members of Congress carnestly They will have none except so far as he repudesire to avoid any conflict with the President. diates the principles which gave him the election in 1864. They ask nothing that the principles heretofore expressed by him, and enforced in his administration of affairs in the States recently in rebellion, do not absolutely justify and require.

But it is objected that our plan contemplates amendments to the Constitution, and the President says, "Amendments to the Constitution ought not to be so frequent that their effect would be that it would lose all its prestige and dignity." The President lost sight of this idea when, in the Senate of the United States in December, 1860, he proposed no less than nine amendments to the Constitution in one day. He repudiated this idea when speaking for the votes of the American people in Nashville soon after his nomination for Vice Pres

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cooperate with their representatives in securing such amendments as the changed condition of things demand; and to conform "to the requirements and progress of the people and enlightened spirit of the age," and to "fix the foundation of the Government on principles of eternal justice which will endure for all time."

Because of the enunciation of such princi ples as I have quoted, and others corresponding thereto, the true men of this country rallied around Andrew Johnson, and triumphantly elected him to the second office within their gift.

And now, in 1866, the loyal people of the country say amen, and call upon the author to

I have quoted to some extent the declarations of the President to show that when a candidate for the suffrages of the people, and even later, he favored every proposition that the majority of Congress desire to adopt. If he will now, in his high position, carry out the principles he then avowed, a confiding people will rally around him and hold up his hands in the great work, and future generations will hold his name in grateful remembrance. Failing to do this, the terrible judgment of popular condemnation awaits him.

Mr. Speaker, I am no alarmist. I believe in a glorious future for this country, but on the express condition that we prove ourselves deserving. such a future. The day of our peril is not yet past. Already in the North a large, and in some States a powerful, party who from the beginning of the war have sympathized more with the rebellion than the Government, are coming forward to meet their southern friends, and over the graves-not yet covered with the verdure of a single seasonof the nation's fallen heroes, whom one has branded as murderers and the other has slain, they propose to shake hands, and pledge themselves to place this Government in the hands of those who but yesterday were striving to destroy it, and threaten revolution if their demands are not acceded to; and, "tell it not in Gath," they claim a President elected by loyal votes to cooperate with them. Already a Senator rises in his place and declares that "it is the duty of the President to ascertain who constitute the two Houses of Congress," and calls upon him to "recognize the Opposition here and the southern members as a majority of the Senate." Another Senator, at a recent meeting in this city, is reported to have said that "he believed to-day that a revolution is pending, and President Johnson would have better work for southern men than hanging them. He believed to-day that when Jeff. Davis left the Senate he was a better Union man than Abraham Lincoln. This he would say on the floor in Congress before he got through."


The New York World suggests that the 'present national Legislature should be put down by force," and the Constitutional Union talks about the "second advent of Cromwell of England, or of Napoleon of France;" while the Macon Telegraph echoes back from Georgia the sentiment of its northern allies, and

declares that "the ballot-box is too slow a remedy for existing grievances," and adds:

"Let the President put down the rebellion in Congress and appeal to the ballot-box to sustain that." And continuing further in the same strain, it


"We prefer peaceable means; but, these failing, the President should issue his proclamation declaring the Union fully restored, and inviting the southern members of Congress to enter the Capitol and take their seats. If refused admittance, a regiment of United States troops should be sent to put tho southern members in their places."

The proclamation has been issued, but the southern members and the regiment of United States troops have not yet appeared.

The Chicago Times says:

"We do not hesitate to declare that it is the solemn duty of the President to follow his words by deeds. We do not hesitate to declare that it is the solemn duty of the President to command the arrest of Thaddeus Stevens, Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner, and their confederates in Congress and all over the country, for the erime of treason. In no other way can this northern rebellion be promptly quelled and the public quiet restored.

"And if the rump Congress shall not speedily abandon its seditious, revolutionary, and lawless prac

ghastly wounds, bows her head before Him who has given us the victory, she makes the solemn pledge that justice and equal rights to all her people shall be the rule of her conduct, and that every element which tends to injustice and oppression shall be removed from the basis of the reconstructed Union, and that our

glorious banner with every star restored, shining forth with a brighter luster then ever before, with liberty written in letters of living light on its ample folds wherever it may float, on land or sea, shall be the symbol, not merely of might and power, but of justice, and the highest civilization of human governments, inspiring the great heart of universal humanity with better hopes, and prompting to nobler endeavor.

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When I remember that those "Democratic editors" have never uttered a word in condemnation of the action of General Lee from the

time he ignominiously betrayed the confidence of General Scott and the country, and basely drew his sword against the Government on whose patronage he had lived, to the present time, and that they have never ceased to apply the vilest epithets to the other two distinguished men named, I cannot avoid the conviction that Mr. Burr speaks what he knows on this subject.

For myself, standing in my place in the American Congress, representing a people who have freely poured out their treasure and their blood that this nation might live, and speaking for thousands of homes made desolate by the war, with the dust of the bravest and best of my constituents sleeping in patriots' graves, almost within sound of my voice, I am ready to swear, by all the sanctity of this free-will|| offering, that I will never consent, by my vote, that the Government of this country shall be taken from the loyal citizens who have saved it by their blood and given to traitors. Could I be so false and base as to do so, I should expect the gory dead to rise up in judgment against me.

We have emerged from the greatest military struggle on record, and now a moral contest has commenced. Already we have had seeming defeat. Already our enemies boast that our chosen leader is in sympathy with them and against us. God grant that the experience of the war may not be repeated; and that we may not be subjected to three years of political McClellanism and Chickahominy anguish, before a Grant shall be found to lead us on to victory.

There is a grandeur in the contest we are entering amounting to the sublime. Our people have stood unawed and invincible in the midst of the thunder and smoke of terrible battle, when carnage and death held high carnival. It remains for us to show to the nations of the earth that we can stand erect in this moral conflict, and, with hearts strong and undaunted, meet every responsibility incident to the great work which devolves upon us. The result of this conflict is not doubtful. We may not now be worthy to enter the promised land of peace and prosperity which lies before us. Months and years even of severe conflict may intervene, but we shall surely win at last. While God sits on His throne, right and justice are indestructible. Men may attempt to raise their puny arms and fight against His purposes, but they will be paralyzed. The man who expects to turn the Union party of this country from its convictions of duty by executive influence, will soon find he has mistaken the men who compose it. They have written their principles in letters of blood and will not abandon them. The equal rights of all men before the law in this country is foreordained of God; and he who puts himself in the way of its accomplishment will find that the terrible "groundswell of popular judgment," referred to by the President in his speech of the 22d of February, will open a chasm beneath his feet in which he will be buried out of sight.

While the nation to-day, in her tears and


A message from the Senate, by Mr. McDonALD, its Chief Clerk, informed the House that the Senate had passed House bill No. 238, to amend an act relating to habeas corpus, and regulating judicial proceedings in certain cases, approved March 3, 1863, with amendments,

in which the concurrence of the House was requested.

Also, that the Senate had agreed to the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the amendment of the House to the bill (S. No. 89) to issue American registers to the steam vessels Michigan, Despatch, and William K. Muir.

Also, that the President of the United States had approved sundry acts and joint resolutions. of the Senate.


Mr. J. L. THOMAS. Mr. Speaker, I yield few moments to the gentleman from Pennsylvania, [Mr. MILLER.]


Mr. MILLER. Mr. Speaker, much has been said in regard to reconstruction, and as it is one of the most momentous questions that has ever devolved upon Congress since the formation of our Government, it is well that it has attracted the serious consideration of both Houses of Congress.

The wicked rebellion having been crushed, the next great question for us to legislate is, to try to prevent a similar outbreak; and to this Congress the nation looks for a guarantee of permanent security. The Union, in legal contemplation, is perpetual. It is much older than the Constitution formed by the Articles of Association of 1774, matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation of 1778, and finally in 1787 the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution were "to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Thus the original thirteen States were by solemn compact cemented together. And the third section of the fourth article of the Constitution provides that new States may be admitted by Congress

into this Union.

right to break off from the bargain than the others have to hold them to it, and certainly there is nothing in the Virginia resolutions of 1798 adverse to this principle, which is that of common sense and common justice. The fallacy which draws a different conclusion lies in confounding a single party with the parties to a constitutional compact of the United States; the latter having made the compact may do what they will with it, the former, as only one of the parties, owes fidelity to it till released by consent or absolved by an intolerable abuse of the power created. It is high time that the claim to secede at will should be put down by public opinion."

1822, says: Mr. Madison in his letter to Mr. Trist, in

"I partake of wonder that the man you name should view secession in the light mentioned. The essential difference between a free Government and a Government not free is that the former is founded on compact, the parties to which are mutually and equally bound by it; neither of them, therefore, have a greater

Also Mr. Madison, in his letter to Mr. Everett in 1880, said:

"It [the Constitution] was formed by the governments of the component States, as the Federal Government for which it was substituted was formed; nor was it formed by a majority of the people of the United States as a single community, in the manner of a consolidated Government. It was formed by the States that is by the people in each of the States acting in their highest capacity, and formed consequently by the same authority which formed the State constitutions.

"Being thus derived from the same source as the constitution of the States, it has within each State the same authority as the constitution of the State, and as much a constitution in the strict sense of the term, within its prescribed sphere, as the constitution of the States are within their respective spheres, but with this obvious and essential difference, that being a compact among States in their highest sovereign capacity, and constituting the people thereof one people for certain purposes, it cannot be altered or amended at the will of the State individually, as the constitution of a State may be at its individual will." General Jackson, in his letter to Colonel Hamilton, of November 2, 1812, and the one to Mr. Crawford, of May 1, 1833, takes strong grounds against the right of secession. In the latter he uses this patriotic language:

"Take care of your nullifiers; you have them among you; let them meet with the indignant frowns of every man who loves his country. Haman's gallows ought to be the fate of such ambitious men.'

Mr. Lincoln very properly said in his inaugural address of March 4, 1861:

"Physically speaking, we cannot separate; we cannot remove our respective sections from each other, nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced and go out of the presence and beyond each other, but the different parts of our country cannot do this. They cannot but remain face to face."

And in his first message to Congress on the 4th of July, 1861, he stated that

I need not, however, consume time in citing authorities against the right of secession, for even Mr. Buchanan, under whose administration the rebellion was matured, in his last message, delivered on Tuesday the 4th day of December, 1860, denied that "secession" could be justified as a constitutional remedy, and asserted that the principle is wholly inconsistent with the history as well as the character of the Constitution, but said he could not find anything in the Constitution to coerce a State into submission which is attempting to withdraw from the Confederacy, (notwithstanding the Constitution which he had sworn to sup-. port required him to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,) and for this dereliction of duty his country, on which his administration inflicted so much misery, will hold him responsible.

Has any State which formed a part of this Union a right, under the Constitution, to secede? That right is nowhere admitted in that sacred instrument, but the very contrary is inculcated.

Chief Justice Marshall, in the case of Cohen vs. Virginia, 6 Wheaton, 390, says:


"The people made the Constitution and the people

can unmake it; it is the creature of their will and lives only by their will. But the supreme invisible power to make or unmake resides only in the whole body of the people; not in any subdivision of them. The attempt of any of the parts to exercise it is usurpation and ought to be repelled by those to whom the people have delegated their power of repelling it."

"The Constitution provides, and all the States have accepted the provisions, that the United States shall guaranty to every State a republican form of government, but if a State may lawfully go out of the Union, having done so, it may also discard the republican form of government; so that to prevent its going out is an indispensable means to the end of maintaining the guarantee mentioned."

And finally, in his message of 2d of March, 1862, he repeated that-

"The Union must be preserved, and hence all indispensable means must be employed."

But again, the seed of secession, for many years sown broadcast in the then slave States and especially in South Carolina (which was the nest of treason) has been eradicated by the blood of more than three hundred thousand as brave men as the world ever saw who fell battling in defense of the flag of this great Republic; and another great moral victory was achieved by this bloody conflict, which was the overthrow of a system conceded by every true patriot to be incompatible with a republican form of government, and that is slavery.

There are eleven States that the leaders of the rebellion claim to have seceded, and the

by adopting the doctrine of the rebel States having been out of the Union.

Considerable has been said as to what is required to constitute a State and attempt to show that the rebel States, as they are called, cannot be "States." In Wheaton's International Law, pages 57 and 58, it is said:

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Nor can I agree in all the views of my learned colleague, [Mr. WILLIAMS,] although his speech, for its learning and research, reflects great credit upon its distinguished author, nor can I to all contained in the able speech of that distinguished gentleman from Ohio, [Mr. SHELLABARGER,] in which is displayed much legal learning, and was delivered with great force. The authorities, however, cited by him do not, in my opinion, sustain his position as applicable to the so-called rebel States. The two latter gentlemen do not profess to go the same length as the former. I am certain that neither of these distinguished gentlemen will concede the right of secession under the Constitution to any of the States of this Union. Then, if no such right exists to peaceably withdraw, can the citizens of any State or number of States by force, short of a successful revolution, take such State or States out of this Confederacy?

I hold that no rebellious act can force a State out of the Union; that notwithstanding the rebellion, it still remains a part and parcel of it, as much as an arm is an integral part of the human body; though, owing to the rebellion, it may for a time be somewhat paralyzed. I would accord to the rebels no such honor as having been successful in taking the eleven rebel States, or any one of them, out of the Union, and now to be treated as conquered provinces. But suppose we should admit these States had forced themselves out of the Union, and no constitutional prohibition adopted, how Would we stand in regard to the rebel debt? In Wheaton's Elementary International Law, page 63, it is laid down that

Though I have great respect for the learning and statesmanship of my distinguished colleague, I cannot subscribe to all the doctrines enunciated by him. It may, however, be proper to state here that the honorable gentleman did not pretend to express the views of the Repub-right lican party, for in the speech first delivered he, with his usual candor and fairness, says:

"As to public debts, whether due to or from the revolutionized State, a mere change in the form of government or in person of the ruler does not affect the obligation.

The essential form of the State-that which constitutes it an independent community-remains the same, its accidental form only changed. The debts being contracted in the name of the State by its authorized agents for its public use, the nation continues liable for them, notwithstanding the change in its international condition. The new Government succeeds to the fiscal rights, and is bound to fulfill the fiscal obligations of the former Government. It becomes entitled to the public domain and other property of the State, and is bound to pay its debts previously contracted."

"A State, as to the individual members of which it is composed, is a fluctuating body, but in respect to society it is one of the same body of which the existence is perpetually kept up by a constant succession of new members. This existence continues until it is interrupted by some change a fecting the being of the State. If this change be an internal revolution, merely altering the municipal constitution and form of government, the State remains the same: it neither loses any of its rights nor is it discharged from any of its obligations.

I cite this authority merely to show the increased difficulties we might have to encounter

"The habitual obedience of the members of any political society to a superior authority must have once existed in order to constitute a sovereign State. But the temporary suspension of that obedience and of that authority in consequence of civil war does not necessarily extinguish the being of the State, although it may affect for a time its ordinary relation with other States."

And in Vattel, 423, one of the cases cited and relied on by my colleague, [Mr. STEVENS,] || it is said:

"A civil war breaks the bands of society and government, or at least suspends their force and effect."

There is no doubt that the civil operations of the Government were for awhile suspended as regards the rebel States, but that would not as soon as the rebellion was crushed, nor prevent the Government from exercising that would it be any acknowledgn.ent that these States were separated from the Union. Much has been said and authorities cited in regard to ancient Governments which have but little application to a Government like ours. We may look in vain into ancient history to find one constituted like the United States, for even in the most enlightened days of the Grecian republic piracy was regarded as an honorable employment.

The law of nations, as understood by the European world and by us, is the offspring of modern times. It is truly said in Phillimore on International Law, page 138, (33 Law Library, 133:)

"That the United States of North America furnishes us the greatest example which the world has yet seen of a Federal Government; that its Constitution differs materially from the Germanic Confederation; the latter is a league of sovereign States for the common defense against exte mal and internal violence, the former is a supreme Federal Government; it is in fact a composite State, the constitution of which affects not only members of the Union but all its citizens both in their individual and corporate capacities."

And the same doctrine is recognized in Wheaton's International Law, page 92. But it has been said that during the four years of bloody conflict the so-called rebel States were acknowledged by the United States as belligerents, and to sustain this theory 2d Black's United States Supreme Court Reports, which is known as the prize cases, has been cited and relied on. It cannot be denied that the rebellion against the Government of the United States assumed a gigantic form; that the rebel government had enforced obedience to its authority over a large region of country, and over many millions of people; that it had by force excluded temporarily the operation of the laws of the United States; and that our Government has in many ways recognized the contest as a civil war, and from motives of policy and humanity could not act strictly upon legal principles, but ex necessitate rei adopted so much of the civil warfare as would prevent indiscriminate slaughter and the infliction of unnecessary pain and hardship.

This was done without in any manner recognizing the rebel leaders or their organization, but constantly denying them to be a Government de facto or de jure. On examination of all the proclamations of the President, beginning with that of the 15th of April, 1861, and all the principal laws of Congress, I have not been able to find a single executive or legislative act which conceded a governmental status to the so-called rebel confederacy. The whole ground of legislation has been aimed to sup

press insurrection, punish treason, and confiscate property of rebels. The most important bill on that subject that passed Congress is the one approved July 17, 1862, entitled:


A bill to suppress insurrection, to punish treason and rebellion, to seize and confiscate the property of rebels, and for other purposes.'

The so-called southern confederacy certainly" was not a Government de jure; all its actions were a gross violation of rights. It was nowhere a recognized Government. It was never admitted into the family of nations. Every rebellion or insurrection is in reality a war, and it becomes more evidently such when it brings hundreds of thousands of men into the field; still, it is only a rebellion, and the citizens of the rebellious portion are only rebellious citizens, over whom the Government possesses not only all its legal rights, but all those powers which a state of war confers upon it.

As regards the United States, all the ordinances of secession were null and void, and the so-called southern confederacy was an entire and complete nullity, and the rebellious people may very properly have been treated as rebels and enemies. They may be tried as traitors and punished. The Supreme Court, in the prize cases, decided no more than this, that being engaged in a war with rebels the President had a right, jure belli, to blockade ports in possession of States in rebellion, which neutrals were bound to regard. There is no intimation of an abrogated Constitution or an outside status. Had this question been before the court no doubt Justice Grier would have adhered to his own opinion in case of the pirates, in which that eminent judge said:

"Every Government is bound by the law of selfpreservation to suppress insurrection, and the fact that the number of the insurgents may be so great as to carry on a civil war against their legitimate soyercign will not entitle them to be considered a State. The fact that a civil war exists for the purpose of suppressing a rebellion is conclusive that the Government of the United States refuses to acknowledge their right to be considered such. Consequently this court, sitting here to execute the laws of the United States, can view those in rebellion in no other light than traitors to their country, and those who assume by their authority a right to plunder the property of our citizens on the high seas, as pirates and robbers."

My colleague, [Mr. STEVENS,] in his speech, recites a few words of what Justice Grier said in the prize cases, when speaking in relation to insurrections against Governments, as follows:

"When a party in rebellion occupy or hold in hostile manneracertain portion of country, have declared their independence, have cast off their allegiance, have organized armies, have commenced hostilities against their former sovereign, the world acknowledges them as belligerents, and the contest is a war,"

But in the same paragraph that judge continues:

"They claim to be in arms to establish their liberty and independence in order to become a sovereign State, while the sovereign treats them as insurgents and rebels who owe allegiance and who should be punished with death."

This does not conflict with the opinion given by that distinguished jurist in the trial of the pirates, but is in confirmation of the fact that the United States did not acknowledge the rebel confederacy as a belligerent.

It cannot be disputed but that during the rebellion the civil laws could not be enforced over those States, and consequently the functions thereof were in a great measure suspended. But this fact, as the authorities hereintofore cited show, did not place those States out of the Union, or destroy their status as States, and turn them into Territories.

During all that trying period there was still prevailing (though in a great measure sup pressed) a Union element in those States which did much in aiding to crush out the rebellion. If there had been found in Sodom and Gomorrah ten righteous men, we are told that those cities of the plain would have been saved from destruction, and surely more than that number of true loyal men could have been found in each of the rebel States, even South Carolina not excepted. And are we more uncharitable than He who holds in his hands the destiny of worlds?

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