August 4, 1869


The Wellsites are fighting to take suffrage away from some white Virginians. This is hypocritical considering they worked so hard to give blacks suffrage on the premise that everyone deserves a vote.


Proscription. The Wellsites were terribly exercised a short time ago because of their fears that the Conservatives would discharge the negroes who voted to disfranchise their employers. The Wellsites declared that such conduct would be intolerable; that this being a free country, and every man being entitled to vote as he pleases, General Grant and General Canby and Congress and Sumner and Wilson and Greeley and all the rest of the terrible men who roam over the wilds of the North, would come down upon us of the South, " like a wolf on the fold," if we dared to turn off for such a reason even one negro. Yet the same Wellsites arc now at Washington, Platte being amongst them, endeavoring to induce General Grant to discharge from the Government employ those of the hands now working in the navy-yard at Portsmouth who voted for Walker (and those who voted for Godwin and Baynk, also, we suppose). It is to be said of these hands, however, that they are white men, and therefore are not entitled to the same consideration that would be accorded by the Radicals to negroes. Negroes are not to be molested even though they vote to deprive their own employers of the right of suffrage. White men must be punished if they dare to vote to give to their fellow whites the same rights which the Radicals have by law secured to the negro. The Wells organ in this city should denounce Platte and his co-workers in this iniquity. Its tongue should be eloquent in holding up to the scorn of mankind these base enemies of genuine republicanism who are thus trying to undermine the foundations of the Government.
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“Proscription,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed May 24, 2022,