“Thomas Clement Fletcher” by Missouri Life Inc. – Missouri Governor Portraits.
The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 9, 1865 has a number of items of interest. First, Governor Fletcher shows himself to be a somewhat moderate Radical, asking for modifications to the new Missouri Constitution’s “ironclad oath” provisions.
Touching the new Constitution, [Governor Fletcher] recommends such amendments as will exempt from the requirements of the second article all officers, trustees, directors or other managers of corporations for benevolent purposes, in which neither the United States, this State, nor any county, city or town is interested as a stockholder, creditor or contributor, as well as all professors or teachers in schools, not endowed, supported or in any manner contributed to by the United States, this State, or any county, city, or town. He recommends also the striking out the 23rd and 24th sections of Article II, requiring persons who have served in the Union Army to expurgate themselves from former sympathy with the rebellion. He concludes by recommending the establishment of a Soldier’s Home.
Then there’s an item about Charles Sumner’s demand that the Southern States enfranchise freedmen. Of course the Argus is opposed, and they garnish that opposition with a tidbit from the Louisville Journal.
Mr. Sumner says President Johnson must not let the Southern States come into the Union until they admit the negroes to the suffrage. President Johnson has no more right to do this than he has to drive Northern States out of the Union because they don’t admit negroes to the suffrage.
Is not the negro a man and a brother? — N.Y. Independent.
He may be your brother or half brother; he is not relation of ours. — Louisville Journal
Finally, a note about Congressional Radicals and their early attempts to impeach Johnson.
Their Bill of Indictment.
According to the Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger, which is not a partisan paper, the radicals are busily organizing for the fight in Congress and have preferred their bill of indictment against the President. It embraces the following counts:
1. Refusal to extend negro suffrage.
2. The appointment of secessionists as provisional Governors.
3. The free exercise of the pardoning power, wherein were included many who should have been hanged.
4. The introduction of arms into Southern States.
5. The disbanding of the colored regiments.
6. The refusal to issue a sweeping confiscation.
7. The restoration of the Southern churches.
8. The refusal to arraign Lee, the leader of the rebel hosts, after he had been indicted for treason.
9. The refusal to try Davis in a military court.
10. The apathy shown in the enforcement of the Monroe doctrine, as applicable to Mexico.
— Cairo Dem.