The Proposed National Union Convention
July 4, 1866
There is some controversy over sending delegates from Confederate states to the National Union Convention in Philadelphia. By excluding Confederates, the convention would lack true national character, obstructing the full vision of Americans.
There is some difference of opinion among the editors of the Virginia papers as to the propriety of sending delegates from the Confederate States to the National Union Convention in Philadelphia. We have expressed a wish to see the South represented in the Philadelphia Convention. We desired to see the Radical party rebuked by the convocation and assemblage of a council of wise men from every State in the Union. To refuse to send delegates would be to strip the Convention of its national character, and make it a by-word among the enemies of our people. Indeed, we can imagine no good object that could be accomplished by a convention of men from only the same States which are already represented in Congress. It would be merely a counterpart of Thad. Stevens's Congress, and would not present that contrast which should he brought prominently before the eyes of the people. The spectacle of a large body of statesmen coming from every part ot the Union,and representing the interests of the southern as well as of the northern division, must exercise a wonderful influence in removing the veil of prejudice which now obstructs the vision of the people of the latter section.
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“The Proposed National Union Convention,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed May 24, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/244.