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John H. Brinton to Andrew Johnson, West Chester, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1866

Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1857
Chester County, Pennsylvania attorney John H. Brinton wrote to inform President Johnson he was receiving the "kind feelings personally and politically" of his fellow Democrats. He also warns that, from his Pennsylvania observations, the Republicans are working hard to produce a dominant Congress which would support a radical such as Benjamin Butler as Johnson's successor in the White House. More specifically, he also writes to convey Chester County Democrats' dismay at the Southern Homestead Bill then making its way through Congress. The bill sought to resettle landless Southerners, black and white, on public lands. Brinton recommended instead that the black population should be resettled en-masse in Liberia, urging this as "the only sure method of benefiting them and the twenty seven millions of white freemen of our Republic." Despite Brinton's urgings, Johnson signed the Southern Homestead Act on June 21, 1866. (By John Osborne)

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