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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
h an offer was made, must do so in the face of, and in defiance of, all the facts connected with that conference. The only interest I feel in this matter is to see to it that the historic facts connected with that conference shall not be perverted and misrepresented, so as to throw on President Davis and the Confederate authorities the responsibility of having rejected such a proposition. The Hon. Henry Watterson, editor of the Courier-Journal, gave to the public in that paper, on the 12th of July, under the display heading, The Truth of History, over four columns' criticism and reply to my letter of the 7th of July. I cannot descend from the consideration of an important historical question to a reply to what he says about my vehemence and volubility and a number of other merely ill-natured and ungracious personal flings at me. I am only concerned in the settlement of the historical question. Replying to my denial that President Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offe