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Editorial
Harper's Weekly, January 4, 1868, page 2

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GENERAL GRANT’S LETTER
The letter of General Grant to the President upon the removal of Stanton and Sheridan is characteristic of the man. It shows the same supreme good sense which distinguishes Grant as it did Lincoln; the same sagacity and moderation, but clearness and firmness which endear him more and more to the country. In regard to Mr. Stanton the General reminds the President that the Tenure of Office Bill was intended especially to protect the Secretary of War, and concludes quietly: "The meaning of the law may be explained away by an astute lawyer, but common-sense and the views of the loyal people will give to it the effect intended by its framers." In speaking of Sheridan he gives him high praise in saying: "He is universally and deservedly beloved by the people who sustained this Government through its trials, and feared by those who would still be the enemies of the Government."

It seems to be impossible for any man to pretend further that he does not know what Grant’s views and sympathies are. Could he make them more clear, could he awaken profounder public confidence if he should write a letter advocating certain details of policy? On the contrary, if there be any thing which would disturb the feeling which the vast body of faithful Union men in the country entertain for General Grant, it would be a letter from him "defining his position." Deep and permanent faith in public men at such a period as this is not founded upon what they say for a particular purpose, but is the result of the impression of their whole career.

This letter, written under a strong sense of public duty, shows that the General’s opinion of the policy of reconstruction which has been adopted is that of the most intelligent men in the country. Supporting his friend Sheridan against the rebel pressure to which the President gladly yielded, he says that the assertion constantly made that the administration was dissatisfied with Sheridan "emboldened the opponents of the laws of Congress within his command to oppose him in every way in their power, and has rendered necessary measures which otherwise may never have been necessary." Those laws are to be repealed, or they are to control reconstruction. The Democratic Party will go into the election clamoring for its repeal, and insulting Sheridan and all the "satraps" who enforced the law. The Republican Party will insist that the principle of the law, namely, the equal rights of all the citizens, shall continue to inspire reconstruction. One of the two parties will succeed. There will not be a new party, and, of course, if the Republicans repeal the law they retire from the contest. Can there be any doubt, then, that General Grant will be the Republican candidate as the representative of the Republican policy? He will be the President elected by the principle which maintained the war to its triumphal close.

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