Excerpt from House Miscellaneous Papers in the Library of Congress
None of the variations listed are, perhaps, of consequence; yet no careful editor of historical documents would be willing to allow such errors on his pages. It will be noted that Docu ment no. 34 gives the most accurate text of Johnson's message. Throughout the selected House papers there is abundant evi dence of the use of original manuscripts as printer's copy for, the reports and documents of Congress. Other texts, as in the Journal, Globe, etc., would seem to be taken from the printed report or document With corresponding increase in liability of error.
Several other messages from President Johnson were col lated with Richardson's text and showed more accurate print ing than that of the message of July 20, 1867. Lack of time prevented a collation of the records of the Johnson impeach ment trial among the selected House papers - a promising field for such an investigation.
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