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Message from Governor Holden to the General Assembly, December 16, 1869

December 16, 1869.

To the Honorable, the General Assembly of North Carolina.

Gentlemen: - Allow me respectfully and earnestly to call your attention to the necessity which exists for such amendments to the…

Argument in the impeachment trial of W.W. Holden, governor of North Carolina, February 23, 1871

Returning to the evidence we propose to offer, it will, we believe, satisfy the minds of the court, that there existed secret associations in the counties of Alamance and Caswell, having a common purpose and design to subvert the laws by threats,…

"THE GREAT STRUGGLE," August 19, 1865


When Governor Holden, Provisional Gov-
ernor of the United States for the State of
North Carolina, says that he does not think
Union men will be “punished” in that State,
what does such an extraordinary expression
mean? When the Northern…



IT seems to us they greatly mistake the tem-
per of the loyal majority of the American
people who suppose that because there are dif-
ferences among them upon certain points of
policy, they will, therefore, from sheer impa-
tience, grow careless…



WHEN a country has been convulsed by a
domestic war which has torn up old social
systems by the roots there is no short and easy
path to universal tranquillity. The danger to
be apprehended is an attempt to reach arbitrari-
ly and impatiently…

"WHAT NEXT?," December 29, 1866


THE North Carolina Legislature, by a vote
of 93 to 10 in the Lower House, and 44 to
1 in the Upper, has rejected the Amendment.
Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida have done
likewise. Governor Humphreys recommends
its rejection to the Mississippi…

"Reorganization of States," June 17, 1865


That the loyal freemen of a rebellious State who have fought bravely for the Government should be disfranchised, when the victory is won, by those in the same State who have fought against it, and who yield because they are conquered, not because…

"Making Haste Slowly," June 24, 1865


The President's reply to the Committee from North Carolina, begging him to recognize that State as fully restored to the Union, and to ask from Congress a repeal of the test-oath, confirms what we said last week of his views in regard to the…

"The People and the Ku-Klux," May 20, 1871


The People and the Ku-Klux

The President's proclamation under the Ku-Klux law is a simple, earnest appeal to the people of the disturbed section to keep the peace and secure the rights of all citizens through the agency of local laws. It is the…

Argument in the impeachment trial of W.W. Holden, governor of North Carolina, 1871


And this brings us to a brief statement of the nature and character of the offences preferred in the articles of impeachment against the accused.
Article I, charges, substantially, that the accused corruptly and wickedly declared the county of…