Virginia vs. West Virginia-Continuation of the Argument. -The Passage of the Bill to Enforce the Amendment Act-Spirited Debate.

February 16, 1871

Summary

The Radicals are attempting to control the southern states through the election process, however the Conservatives will show that campaigning will prove to be powerful, and the lousy attempt that the Radicals are making in passing a bill will fail.

Transcription

Washington, Feb. 15..The argument in the case of Virginia vs. Wes Virginia was continued to-day by Andrew Hunter and Benj. ft. Curtis, of counsel for Virginia. The bill to enforce the amendment act, which passed the House to-day, is the most desperate remedy the Radicals could have employed to sustain its waning fortunes. The speeches of the Democratic members were in every instance powerful constitutional arguments against, the bill, and cannot fail to show it in its true light to the country. Its passage, however, was a foregone conclusion, and, like all other recent enactments in the interest of the party in power, causes no surprise. Representative Cox, of New York, declared the bill aimed at that State, which he said would control its own election by fixing another day than the congressional for its State elections, or they would meet Federal invasion with the power of the State. Representative Kerr, of Indiana, delivered one of the most earnest and thoughtful speeches against the encroachments upon the country by the Radical party ever delivered in the House of Representatives, while Woodward, Eldridge, Voorhees, and others, were equally effective. A full report of to-day's proceedings in the House will prove one of the most powerful campaign documents the Conservative party could wish.
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“Virginia vs. West Virginia-Continuation of the Argument. -The Passage of the Bill to Enforce the Amendment Act-Spirited Debate.,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed February 1, 2023, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1981.