Excerpt from Representation of Southern States: Speech of Hon. Wm. M. Stewart of Nevada, in the United States Senate, February 28 and March 1, 1866
Then, if this resolution be correct in principle, it means that if a portion of the people Of a State go into insurrection that State shall be excluded from representation in Congress just so long as Congress may elect. I do not say that that principle ever will be, and I hope it never may be, applied to any other section or to this section again; but I ask you, are you willing to apply it to other sections? If a part of the people of a State rebel, you say Congress may then exclude loyal Representatives from the Congress so long as they may elect to do so.
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