A Good Sign
July 1, 1868
George Ticknor is expressing how the North must repudiate itself from the South to let "negro" suffrage work out on its own, instead of forcing it on the South.
A Good Sign. Among the ablest constitutional lawyers in the State of New York is George Ticknor Curtis. He is a States-rights Democrat as States rights are taught and understood among the northern people. He is a leading man in his party, and his utterances should carry much weight with them. In the last issue of the New York World is a long letter from Mr. Curtis, from which we extract the following passage : "To my apprehension, this whole issue, as to the future of this country, is to turn on the question whether the people of the North will or will not repudiate the reconstruction scheme. If they do, this forced negro suffrage in the South will take care of itself. If they do not, we may bid farewell to the Constitution, and whether General Grant or somebody else is to be 'the man on horseback' is to me a matter of indifference." The reader will perceive at once that this utterance is almost identical with ours in our editorial of yesterday's date upon the same subject. Either this question is to be decided against Congress, or else the form of government which we shall have left is not worth preserving. Now, we take it for granted that the common-sense of the great mass of the Democratic party must perforce have reached the same conclusion, and that consequently the National Convention of that party will determine to make a fight upon this issue. If to, Mr. Chase cannot be the nominee : he is an advocate of negro suffrage. Mr. Pendleton cannot : he is too closely identified with the greenback movement. Mr. Hendricks can be : he is a sound Democrat, and unobjectionable in every respect.
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