An Infamous Proposition

May 10, 1866


The South is in absolute disbelief that the new amendment will earn a two-thirds vote from Congress; it is dead to them.


The idea broached by old Thad Stevens that the constitutional amendment may be forced upon the South by the North is worthy of the dark ages of His Satanic Majesty. Forney was throwing out hints to the same effect when he wrote the articles we have from time to time referred to, saying that the South had better accept the proposition, because the northern States intended to enforce it. Fortunately, the amendment is already dead, and, while it may receive a majority of votes, cannot possibly get the two-thirds necessary to give it life.
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