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Theodore M. Pomeroy to Elizabeth L.W. Pomeroy, February 1, 1865

Theodore Medad Pomeroy, circa 1864, detail
Congressman Theodore Pomeroy of New York wrote this letter to his wife at home the day following the final passage of the measure to send the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution to the states for ratification. In it, with events fresh in his mind, he relate vividly the course of the vote, the decision, votes, and comments of several of his congressional colleagues, and then recounts the scenes in the House after the final vote is taken. He also writes how he went afterwards to visit the Sewards, although the Secretary of State was not in. He concludes the letter by saying what a massive moral, diplomatic, and reforming impact the measure will have on the United States. (By John Osborne)


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