What Virginia is Expected to Do

June 2, 1866


Senate declares that four of the seceded states will ratify the caucus amendment, Virginia included. Virginia wants to reach a settlement, but uncertainty remains if it will be satisfied with having black suffrage forced upon them.


It was declared in the Senate yesterday that four of the seceded States would ratify the caucus constitution amendment, naming Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Virginia. It is now confidently declared on the other side that more than four non-seceded States will refuse to ratify it. The eleven southern States, and particularly Virginia, have been so deeply agitated by political uncertainties that almost any settlement would be a relief to her. But it is not believed that she will agree to a curtailment of her representation upon the plan now proposed, and for the professed object of forcing upon her negro suffrage.
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