Staunton Vindicator: July 19, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Judge Chase On Impeachment
(Column 5)Summary: The article explains Judge Chase's opinion of the impeachment effort, which he labeled "great folly."
Origin of Article: New York Times
(Column 1)Summary: Dismissing allegations that Virginia's antebellum leaders secretly desire to "'unite all white men of the State in one party against the colored people,'" the editors insist that it is Hunnicutt, the Radical leader, who is in fact the person most responsible for the emergence of race-based parties in the state.
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To a people desirous of peace and quiet, and who are bending all their energies to that end, nothing is so unpleasant as to have their intentions and acts misconstrued. The people of this State have, wisely we think, abstained from political agitation and participation from affiliation with any political party. The prominent men in the State have sedulously endeavored to prevent party organizations, counseling whites and blacks to vote for no man because of party considerations, but rather to select good, honest, reliable men for all prominent positions, entirely irrespective of party. Never, in a single instance, have they attempted to array class against class, but have universally deprecated such a result, counseling the greatest possible harmony between all classes. How totally devoid of fact then is the statement made by Gov. Pierpoint, a chapter of which has come to light, that "the great moving object of the leaders in Virginia, at this time, seems to be, to unite all the white men of the State in one party against the colored people to vote them down."
There has been but one party in the State which has sought to array class against class, and that was a small faction led by Hunnicutt, which sought to build themselves up, not by arraying "whites against blacks" but the blacks against the whites. The Governor exhibited little or no sympathy with this faction, untill Hunnicutt unhorsed the more Conservative Republicans, led by himself and Botts, and forced them to endorse him and acquiesce in his platform. Now the Governor tries to throw the onus of Hunnicutt's efforts on his adversaries. This is an old trick and will not win. If the blacks are outvoted it will be due to efforts of those, who have endeavored to array them as a class against the whites, whom the Governor endorses by affiliation with them, but by no possibility can it be charged to the whites, who, this day, are not united in any party. The conservative course of Governor Pierpoint led us to expect better things of him, at least, that he would utter no such damaging statement against so large a portion of our people, the truthfulness of which can not be sustained for a moment.
(Column 1)Summary: Reports that Thad Stevens introduced a bill to modify the Reconstruction acts; it would turn political power over to civilian authorities, appointed by Congress. Thereafter, the military commanders would solely be responsible for maintaining the peace.[No Title]
(Column 2)Summary: The article contains the resolutions adopted at the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Convention, most of which call on state and local authorities to contribute to the effort. The convention took place in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., on July 10.Negroes Not Yet Eligible
(Column 2)Summary: According to Wendell Philips, the "Republican party, or a more worthy successor" must grant blacks equal access to positions in State and national governments, regardless of the opposition it will evoke.[No Title]
(Column 3)Summary: The article contains a copy of the Reconstruction bill, which recently passed both houses of Congress and now awaits only the president's signature to become law.From Washington
(Column 4)Summary: The article contains a message from President Johnson in which he questions whether the Reconstruction acts are worth the extraordinary sums that would be required to implement them. With a price tag that he estimates at no less than $14,000,000, Johnson thinks not.
Origin of Article: Baltimore SunFull Text of Article:
Message of the President--Expenses of Reconstruction--Debts of the Southern States--An Important Consideration, &c.
WASHINGTON, July 15.--In reply to a resolution of the Senate, the President today sent in to that body the orders, correspondence, &c., with military commanders, &c., &c., and the War Department estimates regarding the amount necessary to carry out the reconstruction measures.
In answer to that portion of the resolution which inquires whether the sums of money heretofore appropriated for carrying these acts into effect is probably sufficient, the President refers to an accompanying report of the Secretary of war, and says: "It will be seen from that report that the appropriation of $500,000 made in the act approved March 30, 1867, for the purpose of carrying into effect the 'act to provide for the more efficient government of the rebel States,' passed March 2, 1867, and the act supplementary thereto, passed March 23, 1867, has already been expended by the commanders of the several military districts, and that in addition, the sum of $1,648,277 is required for present purposes.
It is exceedingly difficult at the present time to estimate the probable expenditure of carrying into full effect the two acts of March last and the bill which passed the two Houses of Congress on the 13th. If the existing governments of ten States of this Union are to be deposed, and the entire machinery is to be placed under the exclusive control and authority of the district commanders, all the expenditures incident to the administration of such governments must necessarily be incurred by the federal government. It is believed that, in addition to the two millions one hundred thousand dollars already expended, or estimated for, the sums which would be required for the purpose should not be less than $14,000,000, the amount expended prior to the rebellion in the administration of their respective governments by the ten States embraced in the provisions of these acts.
This sum would no doubt be considerably augmented if the machinery of these States is to be operated by the federal government, and would be largely increased if the United States, by abolishing the existing State governments, should become responsible for liabilities incurred by them before the rebellion in laudable efforts to develop their resources and in no wise created for insurrectionary or revolutionary purposes. The debts of these States, thus legitimately incurred, when accurately ascertained, will, it is believed, approximate $100,000,000, and they are held not only by our own citizens, among whom are residents of the portion of the country which has ever remained loyal to the Union, but by persons who are subjects of foreign governments.
It is worthy the consideration of Congress and the country whether, if the federal government, by its action, were to assume such obligation, so large an addition to our public expenditures would not seriously impair the credit of the nation; or, on the other hand, whether the refusal of Congress to guarantee the payment of the debts of these States, after having displaced or abolished these State government, it would not be viewed as a violation of good faith and a repudiation by the national legislature of liabilities which these States had justly and legally incurred.
Trailer: Andrew Johnson[No Title]
(Column 4)Summary: It is reported that emigration to the West "continues to flow in a steady and increasing stream." In June alone, nearly ten thousand immigrants arrived at Columbus, Ohio, where two thousand of the settlers are expected to remain. The rest will scatter themselves across the prairie states.Registration In Louisiana
(Column 5)Summary: There are roughly twice as many blacks as whites registered to vote in Louisiana according to last count, states the article.
(Column 1)Summary: The editors thank Jed. Hotchkiss for providing them with a copy of his latest map of Richmond, and encourages residents to pick up a copy of their own.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Capt. Jed. Hotchkiss)
(Column 1)Summary: Reports that registration totals for six of the county's districts have been tallied; based upon those numbers alone, whites outnumber blacks 2,423 to 1015.Local Items
(Column 1)Summary: Relates that a military court will convene in Winchester on July 25 to decide the fate of the Methodist Church property.Local Items
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that F. S. Tukey will deliver a speech from the Piazza of the American Hotel. He is slated to discuss "reconstruction, reconciliation, and re-union."Local Items
(Column 1)Summary: In local real estate news, Dr. J. C. Merrillatt sold three buildings last Saturday for a total of $6,150.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Dr. J. C. Merrillatt, W. P. Johnson, J. B. Engleman, H. L. Reagan, Hageman, Capt. J. C. Marquis)
(Column 1)Summary: Notes that Kate M. Kelly and W. B. Kayser purchased property from the estate of William Kinney: Kelly bought the Law Office on Court House Alley for $805 and Kayser the Law Office on Court House Square for $740.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Kate M. Kelly, W. B. Kayser, William Kinney)
(Column 1)Summary: Reports that Rev. Walton has returned from his trip to Texas, which was undertaken ostensibly to solicit subscriptions for the "'Lee Endowment fund of Washington College.'"Local Items
(Names in announcement: Rev. Walton)
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that the first quantity of Augusta flour went on sale last week priced at $11 per barrel. It has been categorized "Extra."Local Items
(Column 2)Summary: Judge Sheffey halted the latest session of the Circuit Court on Monday after he was called away to attend a session of the District Court at Abingdon, reports the article.Married
(Column 2)Summary: On July 9 Frank Montgomery and Josephine Dobbins, of Charlottesville, were married by Rev. J. C. Bowman.Died
(Names in announcement: Frank Montgomery, Josephine Dobbins, Rev. J. C. Bowman)
(Column 2)Summary: On July 11 Elizabeth Carroll died. She was 72 years old.
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth Carroll)
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