Judge Underwood Speaks for Virginia
September 22, 1866
Angered by a report that Judge Underwood, speaking on behalf of all Virginians, said the Virginia legislature should approve the new constitutional amendment. The editor attacks Underwood saying he has no right to talk on behalf of Virginia and that this statement is nothing more than Republican propaganda.
Judge Underwood Speaks for Virginia. The Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger telegraphs to that journal that Judge Underwood expressed the opinion that the Virginia Legislature at its next session will inaugurate a movement looking to the adoption of the constitutional amendment. The people of Virginia, says he, believe that their best policy will be to adopt the amendment, thinking that if they do not. Congress will either pass on act reducing them to territorial condition, or one imposing universal suffrage. It is understood, the correspondent adds, that Mr. Baldwin, speaker of the House of Delegates, will urge the adoption of the proposition of Congress, as embodying the best terms which the rebellious States can obtain. It is certain that the people of Virginia have not confided their fears or their opinions to Judge Underwood. He has no more right to speak for them, and is entitled to no more credit when he undertakes to do so, than Wardwell or Botts. Nor is it at all probable that Mr. Baldwin has made a confidant of the Ledger's correspondent. The telegram is an electioneering document, intended to encourage the Radicals and discourage the Conservatives of the northern States. Many such will doubtless be circulated in those States between this time and the full elections. The Conservatives should pay no attention to them.
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