Admission of Virginia.

December 15, 1869

Summary

Virginia is disappointed to hear the question of admitting Virginia representatives has been postponed to Saturday. Grant is quoted, "Every day's delay in the case of Virginia is a day's injustice. And any reconstruction which leaves disabilities in its track is a work unliuislied."

Transcription

The news from Washington is that the question of admitting the Virginia representatives has been postponed to Saturday. This disappoints a large portion of the Virginia people, who had been led by previous intelligence to expect the prompt admission of the state yesterday or today. We had not looked for such a speedy accomplishment of the work. It is not an easy matter to press through a deliberative body a measure of great dignity where there is any expression of a desire for delay for almost any alleged motive. Legislators are, from policy and from respect for the dignity of their own proceedings, disposed to grant time for examination and reflection to members who desire it. For these reasons we may console ourselves for the delay. We cannot suppose, after the proofs we have had, that Congress, or the great majority, is disinclined to admit Virginia, it is stated that General Canby's report arrived on yesterday, and was not printed, and that the statements submitted to the Reconstruction Committee had not been printed, and that for these reasons, although the committee had determined to report in favor of the admission of Virginia, they withheld their report until these papers, printed, were before them. As the ease goes over to Saturday, it will likely be postponed to Monday, the Senate hardly ever sitting on Saturday. We have not a doubt of the early admission of the Virginia representatives, and while we regret the temporary delay we are not surprised at it. The New York Times (Grant Republican) expresses its own feelings on the subject thus:"Every day's delay in the case of Virginia is a day's injustice. And any reconstruction which leaves disabilities in its track is a work unliuislied."
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“Admission of Virginia.,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed May 18, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1549.