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Washington, D. C., Aug. 15--yester

Washington, D. C., Aug. 15--yester image
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day tho President briefly engagod in oonversation with soveral friends, cbietty on politioal topics, from which it tippears that he is satisfiod with the situation as regards hmisulf. Whon asked aboat the alloged slight to ÏYedorick Douglass, he replied that it' Douglass did not complain bocause he was not invited by him to dinnur, ho did not eoe why Senator Suionor should exhibit so much anxiety, if not indignatiou, upon the subject. The simple fact was that the San Domingo Cominiisioners, with their Secretary, having called to subrait thair report, ho inrited thom to dine with hira. Prodetick Douglass not bcing with tho Commissionors, ho did not, at tho time, think of him, nol of others who acoompanied the expedities. Hut if Sigel and Douglass luid been v'ith the Commissionurs they would have been included in tho invitation to dinner, which was informal and private, having no ofti.ial significance. The President expreesed is surprise that so inuuh should bo said about an Immaterial raattor, one that merely coneernüd his own household. The President romarked that no public business was neglccteil by his absence from Washington, as he nttends to it at Long Bmnch. Ilis ooming back to Washington to-day was not absolutoly necessury for that purpose. Tho conversation turning on t romark of Sumncr to the offeet thot G-reeley is a better friend to the black raiiri tlmn tho President, Grant replied that ho nevtr pretended to bc, as he had repuHtedly said, an original abolitionist, but ho favri d emancipaticn as a war measuro. When this wua aeonred, ho thought the ballot BhonW bo conforrnd, to make tho gift complete, and place thoso who hnd been liberated in full poeaession of thu rights of freemen. Iïis views, howover, oiftho subjoot of slavory wore woll known, having been expreesed by letters to Wnshbume and otheia, and exteusively ciro.ulated ; henoo thiB wag not now a inatteT in dispute. In the oourso of convoraation ha said tht while President sliould ba in aocord with tho principies of the party that enforce tho laws which may bo enaoted and administer tho Oovernniont, not in the iuterests of a party, but in the intcro-ts of the entire country. While he had no unkiud voids to utter concerning Senator Sumner, ho wae perfectly willmg to place his acts against Sumnet'B words. In this oonnection lusnid that Sumner did not ghow hi such a good friond to the blnck man as he profesnod to bc. vrhen he was not wiiling to have a Civil liights bilí stand on its oto morits, requiring a majority vote, Imt insisttd on a bilí of h8 own, kb au amendtnent to the Aranesty bill, which ;ould uot bo pa.ssi&d without a two-thirds majority. Cajrpenttr's Civil Righta bill, however, was pasa;d during tlio absence of Senator Sumner, and, as thu facts show, muoli to hia suipriee. The President a'.so taid that it wiU bo seen by the Gongreauwnal Globe that Senator fSumnur did not voto on the Joint Roeolution rccommending the ntiflbation of the amendmont of tho Constitution of the United Statos. Thia atnondment, since ratifiod, provides thtU tbe right of citizons of thu United Stdtr-i to vote shill not be doniod or abridgod by the United States or by uny State on account ot' race, oolor or preyious coï:d;.tion of sorvitude, and Congress is invested with power to enforoe this articlo by appropriato legislntion. Sumnpr, tho President said, dodged a voto on this joint roaoluüon.


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