Washington Letter

May 14, 1869


A proclamation concerning the Virginia Election is coming soon. It says the disenfranchisement clause should be voted upon separately as well.


WASHINGTON LETTER. Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. Washington, May 12, 1869 The London telegram announcing that England, France, and Spain had allied against this country has been the sensation here today. When it was first received the excitement in "op-town" circles was quite intense ; but afterwards, upon a calm consideration of the question, the excited feeling subsided. and as gold did not rise, and bonds did slightly, discredit was given almost universally to the announcement. At the same time the prominent officials hero are anxious for definite official information from Europe, and it is expected that at least by to-morrow there will be advices received at the State Department concerning it. Mr. Boutwell, by his recent order for the sale of bonds, made without an accompanying explanation, has aroused the criticisms of his political friends, including several able financiers. The Secretary persists in the avowal that he intends nothing beyond the reduction of the interest and principal of the public debt, and prefers to use his own judgment in this respect to following the advice and dictation of others. Plans seem to be ripening for a very determined assault upon his financial policy. The President will soon issue a proclamation concerning the Virginia election. It may be tomorrow. It Is not yet positively settled what provisions of the constitution excepting the disenfranchisement clause are to be voted upon separately.
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