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a warm friend of General McClellan, and chatting over matters which were of interest when we were political friends, he said to me: I suppose you are not aware that I witnessed a very remarkable scene between yourself and President Buchanan in the latter part of December, 1860, when I met you in Washington. I said I did not know that he had seen anything between Mr. Buchanan and myself. He answered that he had, and added: You told me that you intended to advise Buchanan to treat Barnwell, Adams, and Orr,--the commissioners appointed by South Carolina to present the ordinance of secession to the President,--as traitors guilty of an overt act of treason; and that another audience had been granted you by the President for Monday morning at ten o'clock for that purpose. I determined to be there; and going up soon after ten o'clock I got a sight of that interview and it impressed itself upon my mind very strongly, and I have told it many times since to different friends. Ah, I said, I
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 12: administration of finances, politics, and justice.--recall. (search)
ys, with interest, at the rate of six per cent. per annum, and trust that pledge will be made good, or I shall have to suffer the loss. I shall also obtain from Adams & Co. here $50,000 in Treasury notes, or thereabout, and by leaving the allotments unpaid here, but to be paid in New York, I shall be able to have the payment completed; but this only pays the March and April payment, leaving two months still due. May I ask, therefore, that my draft of $25,000 in favor of Adams & Co. be honored, and a future draft, not exceeding in all $50,000, be honored at sight? So that Adams & Co. can send forward remittances to the soldiers' wives, which have been useAdams & Co. can send forward remittances to the soldiers' wives, which have been used here to pay others, and that $50,000 in gold be sent me to repay that which I have borrowed. I would not let my soldiers go longer unpaid. It was injuring the credit of the government with our foes, and breeding sickness and discontent among my men. Trusting that this action will meet approval in the emergency, I am, Mo
cked up. It was marked, and Record was taken to the lock-up. Now Record was known to the district attorney, as he had escaped him once or twice, and he was very glad to get a clear case against him. The city marshal, the prosecuting officer, was so assured of the prosecution of the case, that when he learned that I had been retained by Record's wife for his defence, he said to me:-- Are you going to defend record? Yes. Well, if you get him off, I will throw up my commission. Mr. Adams, I said, I did not expect so large fees for trying this case, but for it I will do my best. Record was indicted for stealing from a building, and we went to trial. The fact that he took a key out of a door lock and ran away with it was proven beyond all question. While I was cross-examining a witness,--the man that lost the key,--an elderly member of our bar and friendly to me, said:-- Butler, why do you take such cases, when you know you are sure to be beaten? It's a custom I h
Index. A Abbott, Judge J. G., 50. Adams Express Co., 515, 517. Adams County Iowa Suit, 992-995. Adams, So. Carolina Commissioner of Secession, 156. Advertiser, Lowell, anecdote of, 999. Alabama claims, 962-967. Alley, Hon. John B., member of Congress, 919; succeeded by Butler, as member of Congress, 919. Almaden, quicksilver case, Halleck convicted of perjury in, 872. Allen, Hon. Stephen M., interviews on conduct of war, 580, 583. American Emigrant Aid Society, suit against, 992-995. Ames, Brig.-General, reference to, 651, 690, 816; despatch to, 652; in Roanoke expedition, 781; reference to, 862. Ames, Adelbert, son-in-law, 81; stationed at Perryville, 211. Ames, Butler, grandson, 81. Ames, Seth, studied Latin with, 52. Anderson's Corps, first to reinforce Petersburg, 703. Andersonville, great loss of life in prison, 609, 610; lack of water at, 611. Andover, Mass., President Pierce's son killed, 1020. Andre, tried by military co