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to take care of it at the Department till your action can be had and forwarded on. And still people insist that Mr. Lincoln was such a guileless man and so free from the politician's sagacity! In June I wrote him regarding the case of one Walter Davis, who was soured and disappointed because Lincoln had overlooked him in his recommendation for the Springfield post-office. There must be some mistake, he responds on the 5th, about Walter Davis saying I promised him the post-office. I did notWalter Davis saying I promised him the post-office. I did not so promise him. I did tell him that if the distribution of the offices should fall into my hands he should have something; and if I shall be convinced he has said any more than this I shall be disappointed. I said this much to him because, as I understand, he is of good character, is one of the young men, is of the mechanics, is always faithful and never troublesome, a Whig, and is poor, with the support of a widow-mother thrown almost exclusively on him by the death of his brother. If these
nting an apparatus for the purpose. Using the principle involved in the operation he had just witnessed, his plan was to attach a kind of bellows on each side of the hull of the craft just below the water line, and, by an odd system of ropes and pulleys, whenever the keel grated on the sand these bellows were to be filled with air, and thus buoyed up, the vessel was expected to float clear of the shoal. On reaching home he at once set to work to demonstrate the feasibility of his plan. Walter Davis, a mechanic having a shop near our office, granted him the use of this tools, and likewise assisted him in making the model of a miniature vessel with the arrangement as above described. Lincoln manifested ardent interest in it. Occasionally he would bring the model in the office, and while whittling on it would descant on its merits and the revolution it was destined to work in steamboat navigation. Although I regarded the thing as impracticable I said nothing, probably out of respect
It was nearly a month after he left Washington before he sent his decision to the several departments at Washington. The letter quoted below, relating to one of these appointments, is in substance almost identical with the others, and particularly refrains from expressing any opinion of his own for or against the policy of political removals. He also expressly explains that Colonel Baker, the other Whig representative, claims no voice in the appointment. Dear Sir: I recommend that Walter Davis be appointed Receiver of the Land Office at this place, whenever there shall be a vacancy. I cannot say that Mr. Herndon, the present incumbent, has failed in the proper discharge of. any of the duties of the office. He is a very warm partizan, and openly and actively opposed to the election of General Taylor. I also understand that since General Taylor's election he has received a reappointment from Mr. Polk, his old commission not having expired. Whether this is true the records of
ty report, for which he asked the same disposition. Both reports were ordered to be printed. The morning hour having expired, the special order, the bill from the Military Committee, to increase the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, was taken up; the question, as announced by the Chair, being upon the amendment of Mr. Chrisman, of Ky. This amendment, which comes in after the 5th section of the bill reported by the committee, was agreed to Substitutes submitted by Messrs Davis, of Miss., and Bonham, of S. C. were considered and voted down. The question then came up on the engrossment of the committee's bill, and on this the ayes and noes were called, and the bill was ordered to be engrossed, by the following vote — ayes 46, noes 44. The vote by which the bill was ordered to its engrossment was reconsidered, and several amendments were proposed. It was read a third time, engrossed, and passed. We present below the bill as it received the sanction of
The Daily Dispatch: September 18, 1862., [Electronic resource], The evacuation of Huntsville, Ala — the Vandalism of the Yankees. (search)
independence of Jackson county, admitting that they had sustained more loss and stouter resistance from that county than from any portion of the country elsewhere. Of the 4th Ohio cavalry, numbering perhaps 1,000 on their arrival not more than 300 remained. They were mainly bushwhacked. The citizens, with very few exceptions, were wild with rejoicing at their departure. Judge Geo. W. Lane left with his friends. Jere Clemens remains, but boarded Federal officers during their stay. Nick Davis is considered true. There were some few who bought and sold cotton; one of whom, (Hickman,) former proprietor of the Madison Hotel, was required to give a bond of $40,000 for his appearance. The Federals, at their departure, left, far fewer Union men than they found, and their bitterest foes are in Athens, Ala, the last place in the State to acknowledge allegiance to the Southern Confederacy. Eighty prisoners (the sick) were left-some of whom having gone home, acknowledge that they ha