Attorney General Hoar

November 24, 1869


Attorney General Hoar weighs in on moving the Capitol.


Attorney-General Hoar, it is stated, is strongly of the opinion that Congas has no constitutional power to remove the capital from the District of Columbia. cannot see what that has to do with the question. The Constitution is a dead letter. It certainly authorizes the removal of the capital as clearly as it authorized the emancipation proclamation or the reconstruction acts. We have long ceased to expect anybody to respect the Constitution. And it has, therefore, been a matter of constant wonder to us that the Republicans should be so anxious to put new provisions into a Constitution which they themselves have proved to be of no binding force upon Congress.
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