Lincoln's attitude towards Southern States on February 3, 1865, as related by reconstructionist Seward who hated white people:
Seward called attention to that phrase of his annual message where he
had declared, "In stating a single condition of peace, I mean simply to
say that the war will cease on the part of the Government
shall have ceased on the part of those who began it." As to the rebel
States being admitted to representation in Congress, "Mr. Lincoln very
promptly replied that his own individual opinion was, they ought to be.
He also thought they would be; but he could not enter into any stipulation
upon the subject. His own opinion was that when the resistance ceased
and the National authority was recognized, the States would be
immediately restored to their practical relations to the Union."
Another indication of Lincoln's attitude towards the conquered South:
the evening of February 5, 1865, Lincoln called his cabinet together
and read to them the following draft of a message and proclamation,
which he had written during the day, and upon which he invited their
opinion and advice:
Fellow citizens of the Senate and House of
Representatives: I respectfully recommend that a joint resolution,
substantially as follows, be adopted, so soon as practicable, by your
honorable bodies: "Resolved by the Senate and the House of
Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That the President of the United States is hereby empowered, in his
discretion, to pay $400,000,000 to the States of .... in the manner and
on conditions following, to wit: The payment to be made in 6%
Government bonds, and to be distributed among said States pro rata on
their respective slave population as shown by the census of 1860
This guy didn't want rob them blind, he wanted to give them money for the negroes. The
reconstructionists had to act quickly and remove Lincoln from the way.
With a President like this in office, there could not have been
Stevens-Sumner reconstruction act. And this president had wide support
behind him; much wider support than behind Thaddeus or Sumner. Against
Lincoln they couldn't have organized an impeachment revolt.