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President Johnson On Negro Suffrage

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Day
23
Month
June
Year
1865
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Public Domain
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Last rJ.'iu:sday aftornoon, a eoinr.iilf.ee appointed by tho yeaiïy meuliog of the New York Friends to present a me mor ial to Uie President rik) caliinel bad an interview' with President Johrisou. After referHhg, vvit'h simple eloquenco, to tho maoner of Uic death of President Lincoln, they ofima to tlio questinn of the enslaved millions ia tho Boutb, and then made the folio wiog appoal : "We thereiore, respeetfully, yet caruei'ly, petition that., iu the reorgarnzution of tlioso statcs which havt watitouly rebelled Bgajnst the fcdiral authority, the inliuenco und of tho govcrument may lio bo oxp, uised as to secure to all persons, v.'inuiit diétinotiou ol eoloi1, an eqMttl'ty oi 'lights und franchises. Thus viuld vvo practicnlly Biirry out in spirit those selt-evident tr ut ha containud iu llia Di'chiiatiou of ludfptincleijce, ' that all men are eioaied equai ; that they are erduwed by ihcir Ureator with eerta'n inalieiniblü rights ; that among thoso rigli' h are lile, liborty, aud the pürsuit of happiness." In respoBso, President Juhnson said he would not ulukè a speech, but would talk to them in the spirit of frièndship and fraternal regard. Ile wished to talk to tliein ás though they were all memb sra of the same family. He told thern of the dijjictUie in theway of eon f erring the righi of svjfrage as ïheij desirtd, and gave them mauy instances of bis experience among the glaves of tho South, whose habits and feclings he proi'essed thorougbly to ■ understaud. But one great act inight be said to have heen iuilv accomplished by the war, after tho resturation of the Union, and tlmt is tho complete aboütion of slavery. Theru were many o'.her things that would require time to accotnplih, and among these mighl be the quedion of sujfrage. The President referred to his ov esperience in tho rebellion, and to the faot ibat vvhile he had suffered pergonally and pecuniarily and in other ways, he had no complaints to uiake, but would do his best to brirg peace and order to the country. The kind, frank, and familiar inannor with which hc mot and treated this cominittee of F.riends made a profound impres-ion upon them, and they 'eft Washington yesterday fully eotrvïnced that they r.ould repose implicit ponfidence in Ar.drew Johnsou. Thoy feit and saw that he was xinimated by a truc Christian spirit, and by those teachings of the imraorta! Jefferson to which they referred in their memorial. After a fervent benediction liad been pronounced by one of tl;e feinaifi members oí the committec, they called tipnn tho cabiuot. Secretar}' Staritoa was oípeciaüy frank and syuipathétic, showing fully his knowledgo of the gret questions iuvolvet! in tbe struggle, and a religious detonninatioii to lio. his shara of tho work.

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