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On the Johnson Impeachment
Remarks of Representative Thaddeus Stevens
Delivered in Congress, March 29, 1867



    Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania.  I should like to know, sir, how we are to ever get disentangled if we go on passing these resolutions in reference to the adjournment. How many resolutions have we already passed? Certainly we have passed one from which we have as yet no report from the Senate.  


    Now, I think, Mr. Speaker, instead of voting on any more of these resolutions to adjourn, we had better take a vote on the resolution of the gentleman from Kansas, {Mr. CLARKE.}  That resolution means something. And all these other resolutions so not.


    For the last three or four months I have been satisfied that the committee are making but a mere pretense of prosecuting the impeachment by way of throwing it out of doors. I do not believe they ever intended it, and I do not believe they intend it now. I should like therefore to have a direct vote on the proposition of the gentleman from Kansas, to know how we stand. Holding these views and believing that what we are now doing is only intended and calculated to delude the people and make them believe just what is desired, although we know the result will be contrary to their expectations, I very much prefer that we should have a direct vote on this question involved in the resolution of the gentleman from Kansas, so the country may know exactly where we stand. I hope my friend will withdraw his amendment and let us have a direct vote on the proposition of the gentleman from Kansas. If that is voted down, the gentleman can again move his proposition as a privileged question. It is hardly germane to the question m now before the House; it does not belong there; it is unfair to make it.


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