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W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke, Cobb, Coburn, Covode, Cullom,

EXECUTIVE MANSION, Donnelly, Eckley, Ela, Farnsworth, Gravely, Harding, Higby,

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 21, 1868. Hopkins, Hunter, Judd, Julian, Kelley, Kelsey, William Lawrence, Loan, Logan, Loughridge, Lynch, Maynard, dcClurg, Mercur, Mullins, Myers, Newcomb, Nunn, O'Neill, vested in me as President by the Constitution Orth, Paine, Pile, Price, Schenck, Shanks, Aaron F. Stevens,

S: 1 and laws of the United States you are hereby Thaddeus Stevens, Stokes, Thomas, John Trimble, Trowbridge, Robert T. Van Horn, Ward, 'Thomas Williams, Wil removed from office as Secretary for the Departliam Williams, Stephen F. Wilson-57.

ment of War, and your functions as such will NAYS-Messrs. Adams, Allison, Ames, Archer, Delos R. Ashley, Axtell, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Banks, Barnum,

terminate upon the receipt of this communicaBeaman, Beck, Benjamin, Benton, Bingham, Blaine, Boyer, Brooks, Buckland, Burr, Cary, Chanler, Cook, Dawes, Dixon, Dodge, Driggs, Eggleston, Eldridge, Eliot, Ferriss, Ferry,

Lorenzo Thomas, Adjutant General of the Army, Fields, Garfield, Getz, Glossbrenner, Golladay, Griswold, Grover, Haight, Halsey, Hamilton, Hawkins, Hill, Holman, Hooper, Hotchkiss, Asabel W. Hubbard, Chester D. Hubbard, Richard D. Hubbard, Hulburd, Humphrey, Ingersoll, Johnson, Jones, Kerr, Ketcham, Knott, Koontz, Laflin, George V.

van records, books, papers, and other public property Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Marvin, McCarthy, McCullough, Miller, Moorhead, Morgan, Mungen, Niblack, Nichol

Respectfully, yours, son, Perham, Peters, Phelps, Pike, Plants, Poland, Polsley, Pruyn, Randall, Robertson, Robinson, Ross, Sawyer, Sit

ANDREW JOHNSON. greaves, Smith, Spalding, Starkweather, Stewart, Stone, Ta To the Hon. EDWIN M. STANTON, ber, Taylor, Upson, Van Aernam, Van Auken, Van Trump,

Washington, D. C. Van Wyck, Cadwalader C. Washburn, Ellihu B. Washburne, Henry D. Washburn, William B. Washburn, Welker, James Which was referred to the Committee on ReF. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Woodbridge, Woodwird-108. construction, with authority to report at any RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY.

time, together with a resolution offered by Mr. 1868, January 27-Mr. Spalding moved a Covode, as follows: suspension of the rules, to allow him to offer this Resolved, That Andrew Johnson, President of resolution:

the United States, be impeached of high crimes Resolved, That the Committee on Reconstruc- | and misdemeanors. tion be authorized to inquire what combinations

REPORT OF COMMITTEE. have been made or attempted to be made to ob- 1868. February 22 --Mr. Thaddeus Stevens, struct the due execution of the laws, and to that from the Committee on Reconstruction, made the end the committee have power to send for per-| following report: sons and papers, and to examine witnesses on The Committee on Reconstruction, to whom oath, and report to this House what action, if was referred, on the 27th day of January last, any, they may deem necessary, and that said the following resolution : committee have leave to report at any time.

Resolved. That the Committee on Reconstruction be atiWhich was agreed to-yeas 103, nays 37, and

thorized to inquire what combinations have been made or the resolution was adopted-yeas 99, nays 31. attempted to be made to obstruct the due execution of the

laws; and to that end the committee have power to send OTHER MATTERS REFERRED.

for persons and papers aud to examine witnesses on oath, - February 10—The evidence taken on Impeach and report to this House what action, if any, they may deem ment by the Committee on the Judiciary was, on

necessary, and that said committee have leave to report at motion of Mr. Thaddeus Stevens, referred to

any time; the Committee on Reconstruction, and the com

And to whom was also referred, on the 21st mittee was given leave to report at any time. day of February, instant, a communication from February 11-The correspondence between F

hetween | Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, dated General Grant and President Johnson, relating on

ating on said 21st day of February, together with a to the retirement of the former from the war copy of a letter from Andrew Johnson, President Office, was also referred to the Committee on

| of the United States, to the said Edwin M. StanReconstruction.

ton, as follows: February 13-The Committee on Reconstruction

EXECUTIVE MANSION, are reported to have voted down resolutions of

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 21, 1868. impeachment offered by Mr. Thaddeus Stevens.

Sir: By virtue of the power and authority The vote on a motion to lay them on the

vested in me as President by the Constitution table was, yeas 6, pays 3, as follow:

and laws of the United States you are hereby Yeas–Messrs. Beaman, Beck, Bingham, Brooks, Hul

removed from office as Secretary for the Departburd, Paiuc6.

ment of War, and your functions as such" will Nays-Messrs. Boutwell, Farnsworth, T. Stevens—3. terminate upon the receipt of this communica

tion. The Final Effort at Impeachment. You will transfer to Brevet Major General IN HOUSE.

Lorenzo Thomas, Adjutant General of the Army, 1868. February 21—The Speaker, by unani-ered to act as Secretary of War ad interim, all

who has this day been authorized and empowmous consent, laid before the House the follow-l:

records, books, papers, and other public property ing communication from the Secretary of War:

now in your custody and charge. WAR DEPARTMENT,

Respectfully, yours, ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON City, February 21, 1868.

To the Hon. EDWIN M. STANTON, SIR: General Thomas has just delivered to me

Washington, D. C. a copy of the enclosed order, which you will

And to whom was also referred by the House please communicate to the House of Representatives.

of Representatives the following resolution, E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

namely: · Hon. SCHUYLER COLFAX,

Resolved, That Andrew Johnson, President of the

United States, be impeached of high crimes and misde. Speaker House of Representatives.

meanors;

Have considered the several subjects referred | Beck, Boyer, Brooks, Burr, Cary, Chanler, Eldridge, Fox,

Getz, Glossbrenner, Golladay, Grover, Haight, Holman, Hotchto them, and submit the following report:

kiss, Richard D. Hubbard, Humphrey, Johnson, Jones, Kerr, That, in addition to the papers referred to the Knott.

Knott, Marshall, McCormick, McCullough, Morgan, Morrissey.
Mungen, Niblack, Nicholson, Phelps, Pruyn, Randall, Ross,

Sitgreaves, Stewart, Stone, Taber, Lawrence S. Trimble, Van on the 21st day of February, 1868, signed and

Auken, Van Trump, Wood, Woodward-47. issued a commission or letter of authority to one Nor VOTING-Messrs. Benjamin, Dixon, Donnelly, Ela, Lorenzo Thomas, directing and authorizing said | Finney, Garfield, Hawkins, Maynard, Pomeroy, Robinson, Thomas to act as Secretary of War ad interim, she

Shellabarger, John Trimble, Robert T. Van Horn, Henry D.

" Washburn, William Williams-15. and to take possession of the books, records, and

Same day - On motion of Mr. Thaddeus papers, and other public property in the War

Stevens, the appointment of a committee of two Department, of which the following is a copy :

to notify the Senate, and of a committee of EXECUTIVE MANSION,

seven to prepare and report Articles of ImpeachWASHINGTON, February 21, 1868.

ment against Andrew Johnson, President of the SIR: Hon. Edwin M. Stanton having been United States, was ordered, with power to send this day removed from office as Secretary for the for persons, papers, and records, and to take Department of War, you are hereby authorized | testimony under oath. and empowered to act as Secretary of War ad Which was agreed to-yeas 124, nays 42. interim, and will immediately enter upon the The Speaker appointed Messrs. Thaddeus discharge of the duties pertaining to that office. Stevens and John A. Bingham on the former, Mr. Stanton has been instructed to transfer to l and Messrs. Boutwell, Thaddeus Stevens, Bing. you all the records, books, papers, and other | ham, James F. Wilson, Logan, Julian, and Ward, public property now in his custody and charge. I on the latter. • Respectfully, yours, ANDREW JOHNSON. February 25—Mr. Thaddeus Stevens and Mr. To Brev. Maj. Gen. LORENZO THOMAS,

John A. Bingham appeared at the bar of the Adjutant General U.S. A., Washington, D.O. Senate and delivered the following message :

Official copy respectfully furnished to Hon. Mr. PRESIDENT: By order of the House of Edwin M. Stanton.

L. THOMAS, Representatives, we appear at the bar of the Secrotary of War ad interim. Senate, and in the name of the House of Rep. Upon the evidence collected by the committee, resentatives, and of all the people of the United which is herewith presented, and in virtue of States, we do impeach Andrew Johnson, Presithe powers with which they have been invested dent of the United States, of high crimes and by the House, they are of the opinion that An

misdemeanors in office; and we do further indrew Johnson, President of the United States, form the Senate that the House of Represen be impeached of high crimes and misdemeanors.

tives will in due time exhibit particular articles They therefore recommend to the House the of impeachment against him, and make good adoption of the accompanying resolution. the same; and in their name we DO DEMAND

THADDEUS STEVENS, that the Senate take order for the appearance
GEORGE S. BOUTWELL,

of the said Andrew Johnson to answer to said
JOHN A. BINGHAM, impeachment.
C. T. HULBURD,

The President of the Senate pro tempore reJohn F. FARNSWORTI,

plied that the Senate would take order in the F. C. BEAMAN,

premises, and the committee withdrew. H. E. PAINE.

Same day-The committee reported to the Resolution providing for the impeachment of

House the response received at the bar of the

Senate.
Andrew Johnson, President of the United
States.

Articles of Impeachment and Votes thereon, Resolved, That Andrew Johnson, President of

the Answer of President Johnson, the Repli. the United States, be impeached of high crimes

cation of the House, the Progress of the and misdemeanors in office.

Trial, and the Judgment of the Senate. February 24–This resolution was adopted yeas 128, nays 47, as follow :

FORTIETH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION,

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES U. S., YEA8_Messrs. Allison, Ames, Anderson, Arnell, Delos R. Ashley, James M. Ashley, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Banks,

March 2, 1868. Beaman, Beatty, Benton, Bingham, Blaine, Blair, Bontwell,

Articles exhibited by the House of Representatives Bromwell, Brooma!l, Buckland, Butler, Cake, Churchill, Reader W. Clarke, sidney Clarke, Cobb), Coburn, ('ook, Cor of the United States, in the name of themselves nell, Covode, Cullom, Dawes, Dodge, Driggs, Eckley, Eggles and all the people of the United States, against ton, Eliot, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Fields, Gravely, Gris

Andrew Johnson, President of the United wold, Halsey, Harding, Higby, Hill, Hooper, Hopkins, Asahel W. Hnbbard, Chester D. Hubbard, Ilulburd, Hunter, Inger

States, in maintenance and support of their imsoll, Jenckes, Judd, Julian, Kelley, Kelsey, Ketcham, peachment against him for high crimes and Kitchen, Koontz, Laflin, George V. Lawrence, William Law

misdemeanors in office. rence, Lincoln, Loan, Logan, Loughridge, Lynch, Mallory, Marvin, McCarthy, McClurg, Mercur, Miller, Moore, Moor ARTICLE I.-That the said Andrew Johnson, head, Moi roll, Mullins, Myers, Newcomb Nunn, O'Neill,

President of the United States, on the 21st day of Orth, Paine, Perham, Pcters, Pike, Pile, Plants, Poland, Polsley, Price, Raim, Robertson, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Selye, Shanks, Smith, Spalding, Starkweather, Aaron F. ington, in the District of Columbia, unmindful Stevens, Thaddeus Stevens, Stokes, Taffe, Taylor, Thomas,

of the high duties of his office, of his oath of Trowbridge, Twichell, Upson, Van Aornam, Burt Van Horn, Van Wyck, Ward, Cadwalader C. Washburn, Ellibu B.Washburne, William B. Washburn, Welker, Thomas Williains. James F. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Stephen F. Wilson, Win

faithfully executed, did unlawfully, and in viodom, Woodbridge, Mr. Speaker Colfax-128.

NÁYS_Messrs. Adams, Archer, Axtell, Barnes, Barnum, lation of the Constitution and laws of the United

States, issue an order in writing for the removal office, and in violation of the Constitution of the of Edwin M. Stanton from the office of Secretary United States, and contrary to the provisions of for the Department of War, said Edwin M. an act entitled “An act regulating the tenure Stanton having been theretofore duly appointed of certain civil offices," passed March 2, eighteen and commissioned, by and with the advice and hundred and sixty-seven, without the advice consent of the Senate of the United States, as and consent of the Senate of the United States, such Secretary, and said Andrew Johnson, said Senate then and there being in session, and President of the United States, on the 12th day of without authority of law, did, with intent to August, in the year of our Lord 1867, and during violate the Constitution of the United States, the recess of said Senate, having suspended by and the act aforesaid, issue and deliver to one his order Edwin M. Stanton from said office, and Lorenzo Thomas a letter of authority in subwithin twenty days after the first day of the stance as follows, that is to say: next meeting of said Senate, that is to say, on

EXECUTIVE MANSION, the 12th day of December, in the year last afore

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 21, 1868.

SIR: The Hon. Edwin M. Stanton having been this day said, having reported to said Senate such sus

removed from office as Secretary for the Department of War, pension with the evidence and seasons for his you are hereby authorized and empowered to act as Secreaction in the case and the name of the person tary of War ad interim, and will immediately enter upon

the discharge of the duties pertaining to that office. designated to perform the duties of such office

Mr. Stanton has been instructed to transfer to you all

the records, books, papers, and other publio property now and said Senate thereafterwards on the 13th day

in his custody and charge. Respectfully, yours,

ANDREW JOHNSON. of January, in the year of our Lord 1868, having To Brevet Major General LORENZO THOMAS, duly considered the evidence and reasons re Adjutant General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C. ported by said Andrew Johnson for said suspen- Then and there being no vacancy in said office sion, and having refused to concur in said suspen- of Secretary for the Department of War, whereby sion, whereby and by force of the provisions of said Andrew Johnson, President of the United an act entitled "An act regulating the tenure of States, did then and there commit and was certain civil offices,” passed March 2, 1867, said guilty of a high misdemeanor in office. Edwin M. Stanton did forthwith resume the func-° ARTICLE INI.-That said Andrew Johnson, tions of his office, whereof the said Andrew President :of the United States, on the 21st day Johnson had then and there due notice, and said of February, in the year of our Lord 1868, at Edwin M. Stanton, by reason of the premises, on Washington, in the District of Columbia, did said 21st day of February, being lawfully entitled commit and was guilty of a high misdemeanor to hold said office of Secretary for the Depart. in office, in this, that, without authority of law, ment of War, which said order for the removal while the Senate of the United States was then of said Edwin M. Stanton is in substance as and there in session, he did appoint one Lorenzo follows, that is to say :

Thomas to be Secretary for the Department of EXECUTIVE MANSION,

War ad interim, without the advice and consent WASHINGTON, D. C., February 21, 1868. SIR: By virtue of the power and authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States yon are hereby removed from office as Secretary for the Department of War, and your functions as such will terminate upon receipt of this communication.

the Department of War during the recess of the You will transfer to Brevet Major General Lorenzo Senate, and no vacancy existing in said office Thomas, adjutant General of the Army, who has this day been authorized and empowered to act as Secretary of War ad interim, all records, books, papers, and other public

Sublic by said Andrew Johnson, of said Lorenzo Thomas, property bow in your custody and charge.

is in substance as follows, that is to say :
Respectfully, yours,
ANDREW JOHNgon.

EXECUTIVE MANSION,
To the Hon. EDWIN M. STANTON, Washington, D. C.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 21, 1868. Which order was unlawfully issued with intent SIR: The Hon. Edwin M. Stanton having been this day then and there to violate the act entitled “An removed from office as Secretary for the Department of War,

you are hereby authorized aud empowered to act as Secre. tary of War ad interim, and will immediately enter upon

the discharge of the duties pertaining to that office. contrary to the provisions of said act, in violation | Mr. Stanton has been instr

Mr. Stanton has been instructed to transfer to you all

the records, books, papers, and other public property now in thereof, and contrary to the provisions of the Con

his custody and charge. Respectfully, yours, stitution of the United States, and without the

ANDREW JOHNSOX. advice and consent of the Senate of the United To Brevet Major Gen. LORENZO THOMAS, States, the said Senate then and there being in

Adjutant General U.S. Army, Washington, D. C. ' session, to remove said Edwin M. Stanton from! ARTICLE IV.-That said Andrew Johnson, the office of Secretary for the Department of President of the United States, unmindful of War, the said Edwin M. Stanton being then and the high duties of his office and of his oath of there Secretary for the Department of War, and office, in violation of the Constitution and laws being then and there in the due and lawful exe- of the United States, on the 21st day of Febcution and discharge of the duties of said office, ruary, in the year of our Lord 1868, at Washwhereby said Andrew Johnson, President of the ington, in the District of Columbia, did unlawUnited States, did then and there commit, and fully conspire with one Lorenzo Thomas, and was guilty of a high misdemeanor in office with other persons to the House of Represent,

ARTICLE II.-'That on the said 21st day of atives unknown, with intent, by intimidation February, in the year of our Lord one thousand and threats, unlawfully to hinder and prevent eight hundred and sixty-eight, at Washington, Edwin M. Stanton, then and there the Secretary in the District of Columbia, said Andrew John- for the Department of War, duly appointed son, President of the United States, unmindful under the laws of the United States, from of the high duties of his office, of his oath of 'holding said office of Secretary for the Devart

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ment of War, contrary to and in violation of ments of the moneys appropriated for the milithe Constitution of the United States, and of tary service and for the Department of War, on the provisions of an act entitled “An act to the 21st day of February, in the year of our define and punish certain conspiracies," approved Lord 1868, at Washington, in the District of July 31, 1861, whereby said Andrew Johnson, Columbia, did unlawfully and contrary to the President of the United States, did then and provisions of an act entitled "An act regulating there commit and was guilty of a high crime the tenure of certain civil offices," passed March in office.

| 2, 1867, and in violation of the Constitution of ARTICLE V. - That said Andrew Johnson, the United States, and without the advice and President of the United States, unmindful of the consent of the Senate of the United States, and high duties of his office and of his oath of office, while the Senate was then and there in session, on the 21st day of February, in the year of our there being no vacancy in the office of Secretary Lord 1868, and on divers other days and times for the Department of War, and with intent to in said year, before the 2d day of March, in the violate and disregard the act aforesaid, then and year of our Lord 1868, at Washington, in the there issue and deliver to one Lorenzo Thomas District of Columbia, did unlawfully conspire a letter of authority in writing, in substance as with one Lorenzo Thomas, and with other per- follows, that is to say: sons to the House of Representatives unknown,

EXECUTIVE MANSION, to prevent and hinder the execution of an act

WASHINGTON, D.O., February 21, 1868. SIR: The Hon. Edwin M. Stanton having been this day removed from office as Secretary for the Department of War, you are hereby authorized and empowered to act as Secretary of War ad interim, and will immediately enter upon

the discharge of the duties pertaining to that office. åttempt to prevent Edwin M. Stanton, then and

Mr. Stanton has been instructed to transfer to you all

the records, books, papers, and other public property now War, duly appointed and commissioned under | in his custody and charge. Respectfully, yours, the laws of the United States, from holding said |

ANDREW JOHNSON.

To Brevet Major Gen. LORENZO THOMAS, office, whereby the said Andrew Johnson, Presi. Adjutant General U. S. Army, Washington, D.C. dent of the United States, did then and there whereby said Andrew Johnson, President of commit and was guilty of a high misdemeanor the United States, did then and there commit in office.

and was guilty of a high misdemeanor in office. ARTICLE VI.-That said Andrew Johnson, ARTICLE IX.- That said Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, unmindful of President of the United States, on the 22d day of the high duties of his office and of his oath of February, in the year of our Lord 1868, at Washoffice, on the 21st day of February, in the year ington, in the District of Columbia, in disregard of of our Lord 1868, at Washington, in the District the Constitution and the laws of the United States of Columbia, did unlawfully conspire with one duly enacted, as commander-in-chief of the army Lorenzo Thomas, by force to seize, take, and of the United States, did bring before himself possess the property of the United States in the then and there William H. Emory, a major Department of War, and then and there in the general by brevet in the army of the United custody and charge of Edwin M. Stanton, Sec- States, actually in command of the department retary for said Department, contrary to the pro- of Washington and the military forces thereof, visions of an act entitled “ An act to define and and did then and there, as such commander-inpunish certain conspiracies," approved July 31, chief, declare to and instruct said Emory that 1861, and with intent to violate and disregard part of a law of the United States, passed March an act entitled "An act regulating the tenure of 2, 1867, entitled “An act making appropriacertain civil offices," passed March 2, 1867, tions for the support of the army for the year whereby said Andrew Johnson, President of the ending June 30, 1868, and for other pur. United States, did then and there commit a high poses," especially the second section thereof, crime in office.

which provided, among other things, that, ARTICLE VII.—That said Andrew Johnson, "all orders and instructions relating to miliPresident of the United States, unmindful of tary operations issued by the President or the high duties of his office and of his oath of Secretary of War shall be issued through the office, on the 21st day of February, in the year General of the army, and in case of his inability of our Lord 1868, at Washington, in the Dis- through the next in rank" was unconstitutional, trict of Columbia, did unlawfully conspire with and in contravention of the commission of said one Lorenzo Thomas, with intent unlawfully to Emory, and which said provision of law had seize, take, and possess the property of the been theretofore duly and legally promulgated United States in the Department of War, in the by General Order for the government and direccustody and charge of Edwin M. Stanton, Section of the army of the United States, as the said retary for said Department, with intent to vio- | Andrew Johnson then and there well knew,

ate and disregard the act entitled "An act with intent thereby to induce said Emory in his regulating the tenure of certain civil offices," official capacity as commander of the departpassed March 2, 1867, whereby said Andrew ment of Washington, to violate the provisions of Johnson, President of the United States, did said act, and to take and receive, act upon, and then and there commit a high misdemeanor in obey such orders as he, the said Andrew Johnoffice.

son, might make and give, and which should not ARTICLE VIII. That said Andrew Johnson, be issued through the General of the army of the President of the United States, unmindful of the United States, according to the provisions of said high duties of his office and of his oath of office, act, and with the further intent thereby to enable with intent unlawfully to control the disburse- him, the said Andrew Johnson, to prevent the

seen this and act emates inevitan step by ste

execution of the act entitled "An act regulating the multitudes then assembled and in hearing, the tenure of certain civil offices," passed March which are set forth in the several specifications 2, 1867, and to unlawfully prevent Edwin M. hereinafter written, in substance and effect, that Stanton, then being Secretary for the Depart. is to say: ment of War, from holding said office and dis- SPECIFICATION FIRST.-In this, that at Washcharging the duties thereof, whereby said An. ington, in the District of Columbia, in the Exdrew Johnson, President of the United States, ecutive Mansion, to a committee of citizens who did then and there commit and was guilty of a called upon the President of the United States, high misdemeanor in office.

speaking of and concerning the Congress of the And the House of Representatives, by pro- United States, said Andrew Johnson, President testation, saving to themselves the liberty of of the United States, heretofore, to wit, on the exhibiting at any time hereafter any further arti- 18th day of August, in the year of our Lord cles or other accusation, or impeachment against 1866, did, in a loud voice, declare in substance the said Andrew Johnson, President of the United and effect, among other things, that is to say: States, and also of replying to his answers which “So far as the executive department of the government

is concerned, the effort has been made to restore the Union, to heal the breach, to pour oil into the wounds which were consequent upon the struggle, and to speak in common

phrase) to prepare as the learned and wise physician would, other article, accusation, or impeachment which à plaster healing in character and coextensive with the

wound. We thought, and we think, that we had partially shall be exhibited by them, as the case shall re

succeeded; but as the work progresses, as reconstruction quire, DO DEMAND that the said Andrew Johnson seemed to be taking place, and the country was becoming may be put to answer the high crimes and mis reunited, we found a disturbing and marring element oppos

ing us. In alluding to that element, I shall go no further than your convention and the distinguished gentleman who

has delivered to me the report of its proceedings. I shall and judgments may be thereupon had and given

make no reference to it that I do not believe the time and

the occasion justify. as may be agreeable to law and justice.

“We have witnessed in one department of the Govern SCHUYLER COLFAX,

ment every endeavor to prevent the restoration of peace, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

harmony, and Union. We have seen hanging upon the

verge of the Government, as it were, a body called, or which Attest:

assumes to be, the Congress of the United States, while in EDWARD MCPHERSON,

fact it is a Congress of only a part of the States. We have Clerk of the House of Representatives.

seen this Congress pretend to be for the Union, when its every step and act tended to perpetuate disupion and make

a disruption of the States inevitable. * * * We have · IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES U. S.

seen Congress gradually encroach step by step upon consti

tutional rights, and violate, day after day and month after March 3, 1868.

mouth, fundamental principles of the government. We have seen a Congress that seemed to forget that there wag

a limit to the sphere and scope of legislation. We have ment were agreed to, viz:

seen a Congress in a minority assume to exercise power ARTICLE X.-That said Andrew Johnson, which, allowed to be consummated, would result in despot President of the United States, unmindful of ism or monarchy itself.” the high duties of his office and the dignity and SPECIFICATION SECOND.-In this, that at Cleveproprieties thereof, and of the harmony and land, in the State of Ohio, heretofore, to wit, on courtesies which ought to exist and be main the 3d day of September, in the year of our Lord tained between the executive and legislative 1866, before a public assemblage of citizens and branches of the government of the United States, others, said Andrew Johnson, President of the designing and intending to set aside the rightful United States, speaking of and concerning the authority and powers of Congress, did attempt Congress of the United States, did, in a loud voice, to bring into disgrace, ridicule, hatred, con- declare, in substance and effect, among other tempt and reproach the Congress of the United things, that is to say:

"I will tell you what I did do. I called upon your con

gress, that is trying to break up the government. * * * the good people of the United States for the

"In conclusion, beside that, Congress had taken inuch pains to poison their constituents against him. But what

had Congress done? Have they done anything to restore all officers of the Government ought inviolably the union of these States? No; on the contrary, they had

done everything to prevent it; and because he stood now

where he did when the rebellion commenced, he had been odium and resentment of all the good people of denounced as a traitor. Who had run greater risks or made the United States against Congress and the laws greater

greater sacrifices than himself? But Congress, factions and by it duly and constitutionally enacted; and in

domineering, had undertaken to poison the minds of the

American people.” pursuance of his said design and intent, openly

| SPECIFICATION THIRD.--In this, that at St. and publicly, and before divers assemblages of Louis, in the State of Missouri, heretofore, to the citizens of the United States convened in

wit, on the 8th day of September, in the year of divers parts thereof to meet and receive said

said of our Lord 1866, before a public assemblage of Andrew Johnson as the Chief Magistrate of the citizens and others. said Andrew Johnson, PresUnited States, did, on the 18th day of August, lident of the United States, speaking of and in the year of our Lord 1866, and on divers

concerning the Congress of the United States, other days and times, as well before as afterward, make and deliver with a loud voice cer- effect, among other things, that is to say:

did, in a loud voice, declare, in substance and tain intemperate, inflammatory, and scandalous "Go on. Perhaps if you had a word or two on the sub

s lject of New Orleans you might understand more about and bitter menaces as well against Congress as

it than you do. And if you will go back-if you will go

back and ascertain the cause of the riot at New Orleans per. the laws of the United States duly enacted

haps you will not be so prompt in calling out 'New Orleans.' If you will take up the riot at New Orleans, and trace it back

th

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