The Case of Jefferson Davis

May 2, 1867


Jefferson Davis is about to go through trial, though it is likely that the court will say it is out of their jurisdiction, likely causing a direct appeal to the president.President Johnson is also determined to carry out his version of reconstruction, one that some senators believe will make southern states ready for readmission into the Union by December.


THE CASE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS The District Court of the United States meets in Richmond on Monday, and the only case on the docket of any moment is that of the United States vs. Jefferson Davis. The District Attorney arrived here to-day, and has been in consultation with officers of the Government relative to the trial. The counsel for Mr. Davis are also here, and will demand that their client be tried at this term, or that he be released from confinement. To this the court will probably reply that the prisoner is not within its jurisdiction, as he is in military custody. An appeal direct to the President will then be made, which will probably result in the release of Mr. Davis on nominal bail. -- World. THE LATEST PRESIDENTIAL RECONSTRUCTION VIEWS. The latest bulletin as to presidential reconstruction views would place Mr. Johnson in direct hostility to the enemies of reconstruction under the congressional programme. It is stated to-day by a distinguished senator that Mr. Johnson sincerely regrets that any of the southern States have been so unwise as to attempt to restrain the enforcement of the reconstruction acts by injunction. Nay, more. It is even said that so determined is the President to carry out the measures, that even should injunctions issue from the Supreme Court he would disregard them. This is certainly a very remarkable exposition of presidential views on this important subject; but it is vouched for by a very reliable senator. The same senator anticipates that by the meeting of Congress next December the southern States will be ready for admission, and the great problem of reconstruction will be solved, or at least very near its solution. -Herald. THE CASE OF MR. DAVIS. Washington, April 30. -- The Rev. Mr. Bagley called on the President yesterday to inquire whether the Executive would pardon Jefferson Davis should the latter petition for such clemency. The President replied that he had issued a proclamation two years ago which set forth certain conditions and rules for pardon; that any one desirous of obtaining pardon must place himself within the terms and provisions of that proclamation. The President added that he declined to say to Mr. Bagley, as he had heretofore declined to say to others, what course he would pursue with regard to Jefferson Davis; that he (Mr. Johnson) would endeavor to perform his duty conscientiously, as he understood his obligation, at the proper time. Such was the substance of the conversation, as I get it from an authoritative source. -- Telegram in Sun.
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