Vicksburg Herald, May 28, 1867

Vicksburg Herald, May 28, 1867

In the Herald of this morning, I observed the following:

“At a public meeting of the colored people, presided over by Mr. Albert Johnson, the views of Rev. Mr. Stringer, another colored brother, are solemnly repudiated as “disloyal.” Don’t Mr. Albert Johnson, colored, know that brother Stringer, colored, has as much right to his opinion, as Mr. Johnson; and that brother Stringer has as much right to hold a mass meeting and repudiate Mr. Johnson’s views?”

I wish the public to know that it is not my design to prevent Mr. Stringer, from having his public views, neither do I intend to encourage Mr. Stringer, or any other man, in uttering disloyal addresses. I believe that disloyal persuasion was the cause of the late war, and I also believe that the Southern people know that disloyalty will not do for these times. Had I wished to prevent Mr. Stringer, from expressing his views, I should have recommended the old plan, to-wit: The use of the cow hide, a bucket of tar, and a bag of feathers. I don’t believe it right that any of the human family should be so treated, therefore I forbear.

I will furthermore state, that I am but one man, and was elected chairman of the meeting, to which the Herald refers. Therefore it was not an undivided act, but an act of the people. I am laboring for the good of the people both, white and colored, and wish to see them live in harmony,

Yours &c.,
ALBERT JOHNSON,
A resident of this place, for thirty-six years.
Vicksburg, May 26th, 1867.

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