The Freedmen's Bureau opposed by the President

February 3, 1866


White southerners hope Congress will shoot down legislation meant to enlarge the powers of the Freedmen's Bureau.


The Republican of this evening, which claims to be the President's organ, is out in a long, strong, and able editorial against Mr.Trumbull's bill to enlarge the power of the Freedmen's Bureau. It denounces the bill as eminently anti- Republican, and as founding a permanent and costly feudal system at the expense of the Government. It says: "Give this Bureau two years, and we can never eradicate it.' The appearance of the article creates a profound sensation." So says the Washington correspondent of the New York News. It certainly behooves Congress to look carefully at the features of a bill which promises to cost the country more than the army or navy.
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