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acts. I had an immediate interview accordingly with Messrs. Rhett, Barnwell and Chestnut, then members from South Carolina of the Southern Congress, sitting in Montgomery, and had the pleasure of receiving assurances from them as I had from Col. Memminger a day or two before, satisfying me that the authorities of South Carolina had no intention of initiating hostilities. Col. Memminger is not only a distinguished member of the Southern Congress, but is also one of the Executive Council of SouCol. Memminger is not only a distinguished member of the Southern Congress, but is also one of the Executive Council of South Carolina. Not having it in my power to see him after receiving Mr. Tyler's dispatch, I addressed a short letter to him on the subject of that dispatch, and suggested that it might be perhaps within the power of the Southern Congress to adopt resolutions or recommendations binding, or at least influencing the States therein represented to abstain, during the period contemplated by the resolution of the General Assembly of Virginia, from all hostile measures. Before leaving Montgomery, fi
see what is to be done in military matters. He doubtless will have things put in the right direction very soon. Mr. Memminger, of this city, is spoken of as Secretary of State in the new Confederacy. I suppose he will be chosen by President Davis for that high position. No man in the Confederacy has superior claims. Mr. Memminger is a gentleman of the first order of mind, logical, discriminating and comprehensive — a hard student, industrious and persevering, overcoming what many a man physically stronger than himself would sink under. To Mr. Memminger is this city indebted mainly for the admirable system of public education now in existence here, and for the fine normal school. No man in our day is more entitled to the name oor. His primary education was in the Orphan Asylum of this city — an institution unequalled in America, and in which Mr. Memminger has to this day a large and interesting class of females as Sunday School scholars. Great men can afford to condesce