Letter From Washington

July 2, 1866


On a national level, there seems to be no chance of compromise between Johnson and the Radicals. A full out political war between Conservatives and Radicals seems to be approaching.


Every indication at present tends towards "the inauguration of a political war of great magnitude between the Conservatives and Radicals. The latter are well organized, and express themselves sanguine of success in the coming elections, though the admission is made that the utmost vigilance and industry is necessary. The Conservatives have a broad field, and under proper management must accomplish happy results; but partyism will avail no good. Such is the opinion of leading advocates of the restoration policy. Until Congress adjourns the strife will be comparatively quiet, for the members must be home to manipulate affairs in their several districts. It is now universally conceded that all hopes of a reconciliation between the President and his opponents must be abandoned. He will stand Arm in defence and advocacy of his oft-repeated convictions with regard to the proper line of policy to be pursued. It is certain that before very long there will be other evidences of his disposition not to allow his Administration to be thwarted in disposing of the great questions which are before it. The Negro Suffrage bill will bo called up again next week. It is the intention not to adjourn without passing the bill, though it will affect no other portion of the countrv than the District of Columbia.
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