The Dilemma of Wells

April 14, 1869


The Governor must go, "he is afraid of the President, and is equally afraid of what he calls the Republican party in Virginia!" He is said to be our direct line to the President and therefore is Virginia's only hope. However, "the President thinks the people of Virginia can be trusted while Wells has boldly declared that they cannot be trusted."


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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