Governor Wells Yesterday

April 13, 1869


Yesterday Governor Wells held a meeting with his usual "deluded mass" telling lies and speaking beyond the comprehension of his audience. He also "claimed a great deal of credit for what he had done," taking much more credit than what was owed to him.


Governor Wells yesterday evening had his accustomed negro audience, and made his accustomed fulsome exhibition towards that deluded mass whose fate he cares no more about than he does that of the inhabitants of the Cannibal Islands. He discussed matters in a great degree beyond their comprehension especially "that letter which is beyond anybody's comprehension! But he claimed a great deal of credit for what he had done. He took to himself all the credit for the passage of the election bill! But he took care to say nothing about the submission of the constitution in separate parts to the popular vote. That is an important point. Did Governor Wells advocate the submission of tho constitution in this manner?
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