It is rumored that the leading friends of the Administration in Congress --
those who are determined "to rule or ruin" -- are playing a deep game in
They see that the Nebraska-Kansas Bill cannot pass without striking out
the Clayton amendment, by which move every worthless foreigner, having no
knowledge of our institutions, and less attachment for some of them, will be
admitted to the ballot box in those territories, thereby excluding most
effectually all Southern slaveholders.
They also see, that,
"To our mind it is rash to declare, that
because the President cannot approve a bill appropriating land for a purely
eleemosynary purpose, he cannot approve one which grants his homestead to the
hardy pioneer, or one which grants alternate sections of land for the
construction of a railroad."
Can such language as this be mistaken?
-- Does it not show, most conclusively, what are the views and purposes
of the President, -- that he is resolved to approve the Homestead Bill?
This document was produced as part of a document analysis project by Lloyd Benson, Department of History, Furman University. (Proofing info: Lloyd Benson.) This electronic version may not be copied, or linked to, or otherwise used for commercial purposes, (including textbook or publication-related websites) without prior written permission. The views expressed in this document are for educational, historical, and scholarly use only, and are not intended to represent the views of the project contributors or Furman University.