Memorial Address on the Life and Character of the Hon. Jacob Collamer: Read Before the Vermont Historical Society, October 20th, 1868

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Tuttle, printers, 1868 - 27 pages

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Page 16 - It was he that set in place the great ban, not yet lifted, by which the Rebel States were shut out from the communion of the Union. This is a landmark in our history, and it might properly be known by the name of its author, as
Page 13 - In those two reports the whole subject is presented characteristically on both sides. In the report of the majority the true issue is smothered; in that of the minority the true issue stands forth as a pillar of fire to guide the country.
Page 19 - When will and when ought Congress to admit these States as being in their normal condition?" To which he answers, "It is not enough that they stop their hostility and are repentant. They should present fruits meet for repentance. They should furnish to us, by their actions, some evidence that the condition of loyalty and obedience is their true condition again, and Congress must pass upon it; otherwise we have no securities.
Page 19 - ... say when that state of things existed which would entitle the Rebel States to perform their functions as integral parts of the Union. It was for Congress to decide this question, and not for the President, except so far as the President unites in an Act of Congress by his signature. And he asked, " When will and when ought Congress to admit these States as being in their normal condition ? " To which he answers : " It is not enough that they stop their hostility and are repentant.
Page 19 - The case of distant and oppressed Kansas was revived. Who can forget the awakened leonine energy of the aged senator when, contrary to his custom, he interrupted another in debate to declare his judgment against the power of the President to institute permanent civil governments "to last beyond the war?
Page 19 - This was the last speech of our patriot senator, It is his dying legacy to his country. Let all, from President to citizen, heed its words. The aspiration so often expressed to-day that he were now alive to take part in the restoration of the rebel States is fulfilled. He lives in his declared opinions, which are now echoed from the tomb.
Page 19 - President, who now reposes in immortality, undertook, in disregard of Congress, and solely by executive power, to institute civil governments throughout that region of the Union where civil governments had been overthrown, — imitating, in the agencies he employed, the Cromwellian system of ruling by "major-generals.
Page 22 - MR PRESIDENT, — Since Henry Clay left this Chamber by the gate of death, no Senator has passed that way crowned with the same honorable years as Mr. Collamer ; nor has any Senator passed that way whose departure created such a blank in the public councils, unless we except Mr. Douglas. He was our most venerable associate ; but his place here had not shrunk with time.
Page 5 - Without any of the qualities designated fancy, imagination, brilliancy, genius, his mind was made up of a clear and ready perception, acuteness of discrimination, a facile faculty of analysis, an aptness and ease in rigid and simple logic, excellent common sense, and, withal, a most tenacious memory of facts.
Page 18 - ... electors elected by the votes of the inhabitants of any such State, or the Legislature thereof, be received or counted. According to my view, when a state of war has been declared to exist, declared according to law, we cannot recognize a state of peace and reconciliation in any other way but by declaring it by law, or authorizing the President to declare it by law.

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