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Ben Wade On The War-path

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Jefferson, O., April 9 Mr U. H. Painter, Wa3hington. D. O. : Mï Dkak Sir- Your letter of the öth was duly reoeived. You aek whether ] remember what I said in favor oí' President Hayes in my endeavor to procure nis nominaton at the Cinoinnati Conven ton. I do remember it nitor what has since transpired with indigntion and bitterness oi soul that I never telt before. You know with what inspiring zeal ] labored for the einancipation of the slaves of the South and to procure justica fot them before and during the time 1 was in Congress, and I supposed Gov. Hayes was in full accord with me on this subject. But I have been deceived, botrayod, and even humiliatcd by the course he has taken to a degree that I have not language to exprese. During the first nionth of his admiuistration we fiiui him oloseted with two of the worst ana most malignant enemies of the oolored race that can be found in that slave cursed región, and there Consulting with those malefactor how best he can put these colored people under the iron heel of their most bitter enemies and reduce thein to a condition infinitely worso than before they were made freo. I feel that to have emancipated these people and theu to leave theui unprotected would be a orimo as infamous as to have reduced thein to slavery when they were Free ; and for Mr. Hayes to do this to men who had at the hazard of their lives jiven him the votes without which he never could have had power to do this terrible injustico, no doubt he meditates the destruction of the party that olected Üm. A oontemplation of all this filis me with amazement and inexpressible ndignation. My only consolation is ;hat history informa me that better men ;han I ever pretended to be have in like nannerbeen deceived. Some have utemped exouses for him by sayiug tbat ie means well, but heil is paved with ust such good intentions. Truly yours, B. F. WADE.


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