The New Movement: The Carpetbaggers on the New Movement

January 21, 1869


A few "negroes" and a couple of white men met in metropolitan hall to show their protest to the committee of nine. They held elections and then discussed how the "nine" are trying to halt reconstruction. They believe that any Republican adhering to the "song of the nine" is no friend to reconstruction.


THE NEW MOVEMENT. THE CARPET-BAGGERS ON THE NEW MOVEMENT Resolutions Adopted, ETU. Responsive to a call abounding in large capitals and exclamation points, several hundred negroes and a few white persons assembled in Metropolitan Hall last evening to enter their indignant protest against the friendly reception (driven by Congress to the " committee of nine " now in Washington. At about half-past 7 o'clock Joe Cox (negro) called the meeting to order and announced that nominations for office were in order. Somebody in the crowd nominated Joe Cox, "ef he could git a secun." Lewis Lindsay (on the platform) said that man was nominating irreg'lar. He nominated Captain Maddox, of Powhatan. Several persons then arose, but Lindsay moved that the nominations be now closed, and upon that motion called the previous question . Agreed to. The vote was about to be taken when Lindsay again arose and moved that " it be gone into by risin' and standin' and settin'." Agreed to. Mr. Maddox was then elected by a large majority. Being escorted to the chair, he made a few remarks explaining the objects of the meeting. The rebels of Virginia were attempting to effect by strategy what they could not do by force. A committee with that end in view had during the past week been laboring in Washington with considerable success. They only conceded colored suffrage because they could not thelp themselves, and would make the best of what they consider a bad job by an effort to get their disabilities removed. This meeting was called to protest as Republicans against this sort of thing going any further. Mr. B. W. Gillis, of the State Journal , and R. L. Hobson (negro), were elected secretaries. Cornelius Harris (negro) was also nominated for secretary, but Lewis Lindsay again moved that nominations be closed, and called the previous question. The following persons were elected vicepresidents: First, Joe Cox (negro), of Richmond ; second, B. Wardwell, of Richmond ; third, Joseph Farrar; fourth, Chas. E. Zincke, of Buckingham ; fifth, Henry Hox (negro), of Chesterfield ; sixth, Robert Johnson ; seventh, D. B. White, of Elizabeth City. Mr. Charles H.- Porter moved the appointment of a committee of fifteen to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting. Agreed to; and the Chair appointed Charles H. Porter, D. B. White. B. W. Gillis, E. W. Massie, Luther, Jr., W. H. Samuel. C. L. Harris, Benjamin C. Conk. C. E. Zincke, B. Wardwell, William H. Trent, and some negroes. While the committee were behind the scenes, C. W. Buttz, of Norfolk, was called out, and made a spirited speech against the "new movement." At length the committee returned and reported several long resolutions ; which were unanimously adopted. The first declares that the constitution framed by the convention which met in Richmond on the 3d of December, 1867, was conceived in loyalty and in accordance with the congressional policy of reconstruction ; and denies that it is vindictive, prescriptive, or that it tends to retard the prosperity of the State. The second beseeches Congress to listen to the friends of the Republican party and not to heed the "song of the nine." It further asks that a vote upon the new constitution be forthwith ordered to take place on the fourth Thursday in May - the election to last three days in Richmond, two in Norfolk and Petersburg, and one in other parts of the State. The Legislature to meet in thirty days thereafter. The third declares that the UnderwoodBayne constitution does not disfranchise any more persons than are already disfranchised by the reconstruction laws of Congress.The fourth claims for the loyal people of Virginia the right to complete the work of reconstruction, under their auspices so gloriously commenced, and not to hand it over to the enemies of the Union. It also scouts at the idea of Grant's being in sympathy with the "nine." The fifth says that any Republicans at the Capital showing sympathy with the "new movement " are not sustained by the Republican party of Virginia. The sixth emphatically declares that it is inexpedient to remove the disabilities of any more persons until the State is in the hands of "the loyal." Finally, the Washington papers are requested to lay the proceedings of this meeting before their readers as an act of justice to the State of Virginia. Addresses were then made by Porter and others, and the people dispersed.
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