The Constitutional Amendment
November 1, 1866
The editors of the Dispatch are warning the editors of Northern newspapers not to waste their time in trying to convince the south to ratify the amendment. They suggest that the South is united against this amendment and the North cannot change that.
The Constitutional Amendment.--The last issues of the Times and the Sun of New York, contain calm and earnest appeals, evidently made in good faith, to the southern people to ratify the constitutional amendment "lest a worse thing come upon them." It seems to be impossible to satisfy the northern people that there is no party in this section of the Union which favors such ratification. Our people are all on one side, or so nearly so that there is no sense in writing upon the subject, as if many of them were halting between two opinions.
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