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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by EDWARD MoPHERSON, In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Columbia.
This Manual has been prepared, in order to present, in compact and convenient form, the important Political Facts of the period to which it refers. It will be found to contain Messages, Proclamations, Orders, Telegrams, Speeches, Bills, Propositions, Reports, Constitutional Amendments, Votes, Platforms, and sundry Miscellaneous Matters required to make the Record complete.
It is necessarily confined to those facts which illustrate the positions of parties ; and to those propositions upon which votes were taken, and t0 the more significant of the latter class. Much material, interesting in itself as part of the history of the times, and as showing the precise views of persons, has been omitted, in
obedience to this rule. I hope, in a future work, to develop these various features
. of current history.
The action of all parties on Reconstruction will be found full, and especially pertinent to present issues. This Record covers the agency of the President, the responses of the people of the lately insurrectionary States, and the judgment of Congress, with the elaborated views of each.
The Tabular Statements at the close of the Volume have been prepared with direct reference to the topics to be discussed this fall. That giving the Votes on each Tarifi' since, and including that of, 1816, by States and Sections, will be conceded to be a valuable and interesting contribution to the history of the subject; and that respecting Representation, and the effect of proposed Amendments to the Constitution, will be of highest utility.
A glance at the Table of Contents will show the scope of the Work, and the variety of facts embraced. In the votes given, the names of Democrats are placed . in italic, that results may be readily analyzed.
The whole Manual, it is hoped, will be found adapted to the purposes which prompted its preparation.
EDWARD MoPHERSON. WASHINGTON CITY, July 12, 1866. ' .