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ee! This assurance, too, was given at the very moment when a messenger from his own department was on the way to Charleston to notify the governor of South Carolina that faith would not be kept in the matter. It is scarcely necessary to say that the commissioners had, with good reason, ceased to place any confidence in the promises of the United States government, before they ceased to be made. On April 8th they sent the following dispatch to General Beauregard: Washington, April 8, 1861. General G. T. Beauregard: Accounts uncertain, because of the constant vacillation of this Government. We were reassured yesterday that the status of Sumter would not be changed without previous notice to Governor Pickens, but we have no faith in them. The war policy prevails in the Cabinet at this time. M. J. Crawford. On the same day the announcement made to Governor Pickens through Chew was made known. The commissioners immediately applied for a definitive answer to their
rratives of that period and well-nigh lost sight of, although it does the highest honor to his patriotism and integrity. It was written on the same day on which the announcement was made to Governor Pickens of the purpose of the United States government to send supplies to the fort, and is worthy of reproduction here: See The Record of Port Sumter, p. 37. letter of Major Anderson, United States army, protesting against Fox's plan for relieving Fort Sumter. Fort Sumter, S. C., April 8, 1861. To Colonel L. Thomas, Adjutant-General United States Army. Colonel: I have the honor to report that the resumption of work yesterday (Sunday) at various points on Morris Island, and the vigorous prosecution of it this morning, apparently strengthening all the batteries which are under the fire of our guns, shows that they either have just received some news from Washington which has put them on the qui vive, or that they have received orders from Montgomery to commence operations her
ect to the Executive, yet, so strong has been his desire to practice entire directness, and to act in a spirit of perfect respect and candor toward Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford, and that portion of the people of the Union in whose name they present themselves before him, that he has cheerfully submitted this paper to the President, who coincides generally in the views it expresses, and sanctions the Secretary's decision declining official intercourse with Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford. April 8, 1861. The foregoing memorandum was filed in this department on the 15th of March last. A delivery of the same to Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford was delayed, as was understood, with their consent. They have now, through their secretary, communicated their desire for a definite disposition of the subject. The Secretary of State therefore directs that a duly verified copy of the paper be now delivered. the commissioners in reply to Seward Washington, April 9, 1861. Hon. William H. Sewar