THE EVIDENCE FOR THE PROSECUTION
THE New York Tribune was overjoyed with Butler's opening. It was pleased especially by his assertion that what was taking place was not a trial but a mere inquest of office.1 Enchanted by this Massachusetts oratory, from his barricaded War Department Stanton wrote the orator: "The world to all time is enriched by it. As an American citizen and as your friend, I rejoice at the mighty blow you struck against the great enemy of the nation."2 But Gideon Welles recorded: "Though a Radical favorite, he is an unscrupulous and in every respect a bad man. The intelligent Radicals do not seem to be satisfied with his performance, while the Democrats do not feel that Butler has made much headway against the President."3
On the reconvening of the trial the following day, it soon developed that despite Butler's pyrotechnics, what the managers had to offer in the way of proof was dull. It consisted of formal documents, and the testimony concerning facts long since of common knowledge.4
The first witness was William McDonald. Yes, he had served the Senate resolution on the President,5 J. W. Jones served it on Thomas at the masquerade ball.6 Since the Tenure-of-Office Act the form of commission for appointment had omitted the words "during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being,"7 testified Clerk Creecy of the Treasury Department. Next came Representative Van Horn. He narrated what had happened when Thomas demanded possession of the War Department.8 On cross-examination Stanbery asked him if Thomas at that time was armed. Van Horn had noticed no arms, he said, except what the Almighty had given him."9
Walter Burleigh, a delegate from the territory of Dakota, was the managers' next witness,--called to prove the threats of force
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Publication information: Book title: Andrew Johnson:A Study in Courage. Contributors: Lloyd Paul Stryker - Author. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1929. Page number: 633.
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