end and willing instrument of Slidell,
The politicians more directly under the influence of Slidell seem to have had the management of the Convention.
It had been all arranged beforehand, apparently, that Mouton should be made President of that body.
He was elected on the first ballot.
As early as the 14th of the month (January), nine days before the Convention assembled, a letter written by Slidell, and signed by himself and Judah P. Benjamin, and Representatives J. M. Landrum and J. G. Davidson, of Louisiana, was addressed, from the Capitol at Washington, To the Convention of the State of Louisiana, directed to Hon. Alexander Mouton, President of the Convention, &c. This letter (the original is before me) occupies six pages of large foolscap paper, and contains an expression of the views of the arch-conspirator and his colleagues on the great topic of the hour.
It urges the necessity of immediate and energetic action; and after referring to the fact, that many of the people of