May 25, 1866
It appears as if the third section of the constitutional amendment will have to be omitted for its passage. Radicals are starting to feel increasingly uneasy about their loss of control of Reconstruction.
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch RECONSTRUCTION- SIR FREDERICK BRUCE HOPEFUL OF PEACE IN EUROPE Washington, May, 23rd, 1866 The Senate commenced to-day with the constitutional amendment. Senator Howard defined the meaning of the committee's report. Amendments in great number were handed in. The indications now seem as if the third section will have to be stricken out to insure its passage. This will be objected to very strenuously by Radicals of the Stevens stamp; but the growing disfavor which meets that clause will probably be the death of it.
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“Reconstruction,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed March 30, 2023, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/175.