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Stevens, T[haddeus]:

SPEECH OF HON. T. STEVENS, OF PENNSYLVANIA, DELIVERED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MARCH 19, 1867, ON THE BILL (H.R. NO. 20) RELATIVE TO DAMAGES TO LOYAL MEN, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

[Washington: 1867] 8pp, dbd, caption title [as issued]. Printed in double columns, lightly worn. Good+ or so. The House leader in imposing Congressional Reconstruction on the South over the resistance of President Johnson, Stevens calls for "the punishment of belligerent traitors by enforcing the confiscation of their property to a certain extent, both as a punishment for their crimes and to pay the loyal men who have been robbed by the rebels, and to increase the pensions of our wounded soldiers. The punishment of traitors has been wholly ignored by a treacherous Executive and a sluggish Congress." Stevens rebuts the notion that "Johnson is but carrying out the policy of Mr. Lincoln," who "expressly accorded to Congress alone the power to declare 'when or whether members should be admitted to their seats in Congress.'" Moreover, Lincoln "rose to the Chief Magistracy of the great Republic by his sterling patriotism, sober habits, and modest worth. He was not thrown into power by any...accident." FIRST EDITION. Not in Monaghan, Sabin, Work, Blockson, LCP.


Book Id: 13878

Price: $125.00

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