Thaddeus Stevens to Andrew Johnson - July 6, 1865

His Excellency Andrew Johnson,

 

Sir

        I am sure you will pardon me for speaking to you with a candor to which  men in high places are seldom accustomed. Among all the leading Union men of the North with whom I have had intercourse I do not find one who approves of your policy.  They believe that "restoration" as announced by you will destroy our party (which is of but little consequence) and will greatly injure the country.  Can you not hold your hand and wait the action of Congress and in the mean time govern them by military rulers? Profuse pardoning also will greatly embarrass Congress if they should wish to make the enemy pay the expenses of the war or a part of it.

With great respect Your obt Servt

Thaddeus Stevens