Trying To Keep Us Out

September 20, 1869



Butler has openly avowed his determinenation to stand in the door to keep out Virginia, and Wilson, of Massachusetts, in the Independent, declares a similar purpose, having the effrontery to excuse his course on the score of alleged frauds in Tennessee. We suppose these gentlemen are in this way endeavoring to propitiate the supposed bitter feelings of the Massachusetts Legislature ; and thus each tries to get the better of the other. Wilson is inconsistent; for last winter he expressed cordial sympathy with the committee of nine, and in his place in the Senate proclaimed general amnesty and universal suffrage as his platform. But we suppose he don't mean to let Butler beat him before the unforgiving legislators of the Bay State. A telegram in the New York Herald charges that Messrs. Boutwell and Butler have both written letters to this State urging the Wells Radicals to pile up the evidence of intimidation by the Walker party, so that a strong case against Virginia may be made out next winter; and Butler tenders $300 to assist to pay for the affidavits to that effect. It would be a great outrage--such inter-ference--such exhortations to a proceeding which could but disturb the public mind and revive bitter passions. This wrong would be so serious indeed, especially in the case of Mr. Boutwell, an officer of the Federal Government--as much ours as he is that of Massachusetts--that we cannot take it for granted that the charge is true. It is one that should be well substantiated. But it is certain that opposition to the admission of Virginia is to be made. We feel that our cause will triumph. But we are admonished to be more than ever circumspect, and not to lose ground by committing a blunder in a vital proceeding which has yet been without a single one. There should be no hesitation in sending senators as well as representatives to knock at the doors of Congress immediately the body assembles. We want togo full-handed. We should leave no part of our work undone to afford a loop-hole for the imputation of motives--to engender debate--and to keep out the State while all her best interests are suffering.
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