President Johnson and the Democracy-Southern Conventions-Impeachment Excitement

February 3, 1868


There will be no progress of Johnson's impeachment until further notice. At a more appropriate time this tricky subject will be revisited. All eyes will be on Johnson and his every move.


PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND THE DEMOCRACY SOUTHERN CONVENTIONS- IMPEACHMENT EXCITEMENT-PUBLIC DEBT, ETC. Washington, January 31, 1868. Johnson's chances for receiving tire nominations of the Democratic Convention for the next Presidency are looming up in more formidable proportions now than any of those who have been mentioned. His iron principles domitable will in defence of the principles upon which the Democracy in this country intend to fight the next campaign have shown most conclusively that no fitter standard-bearer could be chosen, and the indications are not few that he will be chosen. The most extreme members of the Radical party have among them those who admit that the persistent course of; the President alone has brought Congress, with its revolutionary majority, to the position it now occupies, and which is causing the members of that majority more, trouble and anxiety than they have experienced in the whole course of their political existence. Mr. Johnson's views as to the nomination have not been expressed. It is well enough known that his ambition does not tend further than the success of the principles he has advocated and urged so forcibly. The proceedings of the Reconstruction Conventions in the several southern States have not inspired the leading Radicals in Congress with much respect for their legislation, notwithstanding the extreme partisanship displayed in all of them. Congress will not allow these Conventions to regulate matters as they are disposed to do, and it is a great waste of time and talent for the members to propose, in writing and otherwise, their various schemes for disfranchising and enfranchisement, voting qualifications, militia laws, and other requirements, which the prominent lights of Congressional Radicals intend themselves to attend to. The Conventions will exceed the limits of their prerogatives unless very careful, and thus get into bad repute with Congress. It is not thought that the flurry of yesterday about impeaching a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States will amount to anything beyond the expenditure of several hundred dollars in the exercise of a special committee's functions. Some of the members of the House of Representatives are rabid on the subject of impeachment; but it is very safe to assert that there will be no impeachment of any one, either during this session or the next. It has been stated that should the Radicals nominate Grant for the Presidency Butler will stump the South in opposition to his election. In this case it is assorted by some parties that the influence of the Freedmen's Bureau will be exerted among the negro voting population in order to counteract Butler's operations and sustain the nominee of the Convention. The public debt statement will be ready about the 6th of the month, as usual, and as the payment of interest on the fivetwenty bonds and the bonds of 1847 has been very heavy during the month, there will be shown a considerable increase in the debt. Timon.
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