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Morton's Movement On Mississippi

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Ex-Senator Reveis, of Mississippi (colored), now out of politics and engaged in the work of the ministry, has written to President Grant ooncerning the recent election in that State, which Senator Morton proposes to investígate, with a view of upsetting, just because the Ropublicans were beaten. He says : In view of the result of the recent election in our State, I have determined to write you a letter cauvassing the situation and giving you my views therfton. I will preinise by saying that I arn no politician, ihough having been honored by a seat in the United States Senate. 1 have never sought political preierinent, nor do I ask ït now, but am engaged in my calling (the ministry), and feeling an earnest desire for the weltare of all the people, irrespective of race or color, I have deemed it advisible to submit to you, for consideration a few thoughts in regard to the political situation in this State. Since reconstruction, the masses of my people have been, as it were, enelaved in mimi by unprincipled adventurers, who, oaring nothing for the country, were willing to stoop to any thing, no matter how iufainous, to secure power to themselves and perpetúate it. My people are uaturally Republicana, but as they grow older in freedom so they do in wisdom. A gieat portion of them learned that they were being uaed as mere tools, and, as in the late election, not being able to correct the existing evil among themselves they determined by casting their ballots against these unprincipled adventurers to overthrow them. My people have been told by these schemers, when men were placed upon the ticket who were notoriously corrupt and dishonest, that they must vote for them; that the salvation of the party depended upon it; that the man who scratohed a ticket waa not a Republican. This is only one of the many means these malignant demagogues have devised to perpetúate the intellectual bondage of my people. To defeat the policy at the late election, men, irrespective of race or party affiliation, united and voted together against men known to be incompetent and dishonest. I cannot recognize, nor do the masses of my people who read, recognize the majority of tbe officials who have been in power for the past two years as Republicana. We do not believe that Republicanism meaus corruption, theft, and embezzlement. These three offenses have been prevalent among a great portion of our office-holdera ; to them must be attributed the defeat of the Republican party in the State, if defeat there was, but I, with all the lights before me, look upon it as an uprising of the people, to crush out corrupt rings and men from power. The bitternesa and hate created by the late civil strife has, in my opinión, been obliterated in this State, except perhaps, in some localitios, and would have long since been entirely effaoed were it not for somo unprincipled men who would keep alive the bitterness of the past and incúlcate a hatred between the races in order that they may aggrandize themselves by office and its emolutnents to oontrol my people, the effect of which is to degrade them. I give you my opinión that had our State administration adhered to Republican principies, and stood by the platform upon whinh it was elected, the State to-day would have been on the highway of prosperity. If the State administration had advanced patriotic measures, appointed only honest and competent men to office, and sought to restore confidence between the races, bloodshed would have been unknown, peace would have prevailed, Federal interference been unthought of, and harmony, friendship, and mutual confidence would have taken the place of the bayonet. In conclusión, let me say to you, and through you to the groat Republican party of the North, that I deern it my duty, in behalf of my people, that I present these facts, in order that they and the white people (their former owners) should not suffer misrepresentations whioh certain demagogues seem desirous of eucouraging. At Allon, Hillsdale oounty, Saturday night, James Campbell's barn with all its contents was burned. It contained threo horses, one of which was a valuable stallion worth $3,000, three cows, a large amount of wheat and hay some valuable agricultural implements.


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