Northern Public Sentiment
February 25, 1868
Citizens are unusually calm with all the corruption. Citizens in New York are "pledging themselves to stand by Andrew Johnson with warlike weapons if necessary." Their pledges mean nothing and the Dispatch doubts any of these New Yorkers would actually aid Johnson if presented with an opportunity.
Northern Public Sentiment. In former days, such proceedings as are now occurring at Washington would have raised a storm In the whole land. Meetings would have been held, speeches made, and resolutions would have been adopted resolutions, too, that meant something. But there is a calm not broken by anything, save that the super-serviceable Radical Governors are telegraphing their Congressmen to go ahead, the people will sustain them in their ultra and arbitrary acts. These are the same creatures who were so mischievous in '61, and, by visiting Washington, broke up the Peace Convention. They are now again obtruding themselves, and, like so many mayors of London, pledging their States to the usurpa tion. Again, it is reported that people in New York are pledging themselves to stand by Andrew Johnson with warlike weapons if necessary. A fig for such pledges! They are not worth the paper they are written on. We infer that the northern world, not sympathizing much with Mr. Johnson, are not overly excited by the war of Congress upon him ; and further, that they already see that Congress has usurped all power, and cannot acquire much more by the eviction of the President. Therefore no great change in any event is looked for, and gold doesn't show any alarm! Mr. Johnson to the Senate.?The communication of Mr. Johnson to the Senate, if properly reported by telegraph, is another of his blunders. It is a sort of apology and disclaimer in the face of a bitter prosecution. Such a message should have begun thus : "'Most potent, grave, and reverend seniors. My very noble and approved good masters. Beleaguered as he is, it is a pity that he should forfeit, by any want of manliness, any part of the public sympathy.
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