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POLITICAL MANUAL FOR 1869,
INCLUDING A CLASSIFIED SUMMARY OF THE IMPORTANT
EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIAL, POLITICO-MILITARY
GENERAL FACTS OF THE PERIOD,
From July 15, 1868. to July 15, 1869.
BY EDWARD MCPHERSON, LL.D.,
CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES.
PHILP & SOLOMONS.
1870, April 4.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Columbia.
This volume contains the same class of facts found in the Manual for 1866, 1867, and 1868. The record is continued from the date of the close of the Manual for 1868, to the present time.
The votes in Congress during the struggle which resulted in the passage of the Suffrage or XVth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, will disclose the contrariety of opinion which prevailed upon this point, and the mode in which an adjustment was reached; while the various votes upon it in the State Legislatures will show the present state of the question of Ratification. The additional legislation on Reconstruction, with the Executive and Military action under it; the conflict on the Tenure-of-Office Act and the Public Credit Act; the votes upon the mode of payment of United States Bonds, Female Suffrage, Minority Representation, Counting the Electoral Votes, &c.; the Message of the late President, and the Condemnatory Votes in Congress upon it; the Inaugural Address, Message, and Proclamations of President GRANT; the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Texas and McCardle Cases, on the "Legal Tender" Act, and the Taxing Power of the States as to travelers passing through them, and as to United States certificates and notes; the Opinions of Judges Chase and Underwood in the Cæsar Griffin Case; the Georgia decisions as to the eligibility of colored persons to office, and intermarriage of the races; the Opinion of Attorney General Hoar on Military Commissions; and the General Political Miscellany, including the usual lists of Cabinets and Congresses, combine to constitute a varied and interesting fund of information quite worthy the attention of every student of American history.
WASHINGTON CITY, July 15, 1869.