rom a letter written by the Hon. Frank B. Sexton, in March, 1895, and published in the newspapers at that time, in which he says:
On the day after the return of the commissioners from the Fort Monroe conference, I was told by Senator James. L. Orr, a close friend of, and certainly in the confidence of Mr. Stephens, that Mr. Stephens had told him the night before, and just after the return of the commissioners, that the conference was utterly fruitless; that Mr. Lincoln offered the Confederad previous to this conversation, said we now only need stout hearts and strong arms.
I did not hear him say this; it was told me at breakfast on Sunday morning, February 5, 1865.
My diary does not show who told me. I think it also came from Senator Orr.
Mr. Stephens again.
Some time after the war, between 1866 and 1870, a somewhat heated controversy arose between two gentlemen in St. Augustine county, where I then lived, as to the paragraphs above quoted from Colonel Watterson's a