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Report of the Joint Select Committee to Inquire Into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States, Made to the Two Houses of Congress February 19, 1872 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...granted, but where or to whom I do not know. Question. You have just heard a general rumor? Answer. Yes, sir; a general statement that a great number had been pardoned. I think it was published by the last legislature, was it not? Question. That legislature appointed a committee to investigate the matter, and they made a report which entirely exonerated the governor. Answer. I got the impression in that way, that there were a great many pardons. Question. The general rumor among the white democrats is that there have been pardons improperly granted? Answer. Yes, sir. Question. That is the general rumor in your region? Answer. Yes, sir., Question. When the governor was impeached, was one of the counts of the impeachment with which they charged him the improper granting of pardons? A nswer. I do not 111 i 11 k So. Question. Was there any count that charged him with corruption in railroad matters? Answer. No, sir. Question. None at all? Answer. No, sir. By Mr. Blair: Question. Was there not subsequently a charge of that kind voted by the house of representatives? Answer. Yes, sir; it was not introduced in the senate. Question. It was voted by the house of representatives? Answer. Yes, sir; but the reason why they did not introduce it was that they thought it would make the case too long. As the bill they had against him contained only one or two counts, they conclnded that they ought to make some show really of a strong case; not to have it appear that it was a political thing, becanse it was not political. Question. 'And then the charge that he was corrupt was voted in the houso of representatives? Answer. Yes, sir; I think that is so as to the house, but it was not sent to the senate. Question. It was not accepted by the senate? I understand the senate had t... Hide synopsis

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