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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, XI. (search)
pardon or commute the majority of the death sentences, he remarked, The President is without exception the most tender-hearted man I ever knew. Judge Holt, it will be remembered, was called into Mr. Buchanan's cabinet towards the close of his administration. Glancing around the room,incidentally referring to my errand there,--he said, This room was the theatre of some very exciting scenes during the last months of Mr. Buchanan's term. He spoke, warmly of the courage and fearlessness of Stanton, on those occasions, who did not hesitate to call traitors and treason by their right names. When the clock struck twelve, Mr. Lincoln drew back from the table, and with a stretch of his long arms, remarked, I guess we will go no farther with these cases to-day; I am a little tired, and the Cabinet will be coming in soon. I believe, by the by, he added, that I have not yet had my breakfast,--this business has been so absorbing that it has crowded everything else out of my mind. And
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xii. (search)
e evening of Tuesday I dined with Mr. Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury, of whom I painted a portrait in 1855, upon the close of his term as United States Senator. He said during the dinner, that, shortly after the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, the President told this story at a cabinet meeting. Thad. Stevens was asked by some one, the morning of the day appointed for that ceremony, where the President and Mr. Seward were going. To Gettysburg, was the reply. But where are Stanton and Chase? continued the questioner. At home, at work, was the surly answer; let the dead bury the dead. This was some months previous to the Baltimore Convention, when it was thought by some of the leaders of the party, that Mr. Lincoln's chances for a re-nomination were somewhat dubious. Levee night occurring weekly, during the regular season, was always a trying one to the President. Whenever sympathy was expressed for him, however, he would turn it off playfully, asserting that
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xvii. (search)
g one day, Secretary Stantonwhom I usually found quite taciturn — referred to the meeting of the Buchanan Cabinet called upon receipt of the news that Colonel Anderson had evacuated Moultrie, and gone into Fort Sumter, This little incident, said Stanton, was the crisis of our history, the pivot upon which everything turned. Had he remained in Fort Moultrie, a very different combination of circumstances would have arisen. The attack on Sumter — commenced by the South-united the North, and madee war maps, and various suggestions and opinions offered. The Secretary of the Interior, looking over to where the Secretary of War sat, said he had a young friend whom he wished to have appointed a paymaster in the army. How old is he? asked Stanton, gruffly. About twenty-one, I believe, answered the Secretary of the Interior; he is of good family and excellent character. Usher, was the reply, I would not appoint the Angel Gabriel a paymaster, if he was only twenty-one. Judge Bates, w
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, XIX. (search)
first called when a young man, by a friend, and which I afterward saw and cut from a newspaper, and carried in my pocket, till by frequent reading I had it by heart. I would give a great deal, he added, to know who wrote it, but I never could ascertain. Then, half closing his eyes, he repeated the poem, Oh! Why should the spirit of mortal be proud? Surprised and delighted, I told him that I should greatly prize a copy of the lines. He replied that he had recently written them out for Mrs. Stanton, but promised that when a favorable opportunity occurred he would give them to me. Varying the subject, he continued: There are some quaint, queer verses, written, I think, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, entitled, The Last Leaf, one of which is to me inexpressibly touching. He then repeated these also from memory. The verse he referred to occurs in about the middle of the poem, and is this:-- The mossy marbles rest On the lips that he has pressed In their bloom; And the names he lov
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxxiv. (search)
Xxxiv. The morning of the last day of April, Mr. Wilkeson, the head of the New York Tribune bureau of correspondence in Washington at that period, called upon me with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, well known for her radical views on political and social questions, who wished an introduction to the President. Later in the day, after the accustomed pressure of visitors had subsided, I knocked at the door of the President's study, and asked if I might bring up two or three New York friends. Mr. Lincoln fortunately was alone, and at once accorded the desired permission. Laying aside his papers, as we entered, he turned around in his chair for a leisurely conversation. One of the party took occasion shortly to endorse very decidedly the Amnesty Proclamation, which had been severely censured by many friends of the Administration. This approval appeared to touch Mr. Lincoln deeply. He said, with a great deal of emphasis, and with an expression of countenance I s
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, XXXV. (search)
t and Secretary of War received the news of the capture of Norfolk, early in the war. Chase and Stanton, said Mr. Lincoln, had accompanied me to Fortress Monroe. While we were there, an expedition wlook for tidings of the result, and after vainly waiting their return till late in the evening, Stanton and I concluded to retire. My room was on the second floor of the Commandant's house, and StanStanton's was below. The night was very warm, the moon shining brightly,--and, too restless to sleep, I threw off my clothes and sat for some time by the table, reading. Suddenly hearing footsteps, I y their relative size to be the missing men. They came into the passage and I heard them rap at Stanton's door and tell him to get up, and come up-stairs. A moment afterward they entered my room. No time for ceremony, Mr. President, said General Wool; Norfolk is ours! Stanton here burst in, just out of bed, clad in a long nightgown, which nearly swept the floor, his ear catching, as he crosse
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Liii. (search)
of the simple signature, A. Lincoln, attached to proclamation or reprieve. My friend Kellogg, representative from Essex County, New York, received a despatch one evening from the army, to the effect that a young townsman, who had been induced to enlist through his instrumentality, had, for a serious misdemeanor, been convicted by a court-martial, and was to be shot the next day. Greatly agitated, Mr. Kellogg went to the Secretary of War, and urged, in the strongest manner, a reprieve. Stanton was inexorable. Too many cases of the kind had been let off, he said; and it was time an example was made. Exhausting his eloquence in vain, Mr. Kellogg said,--Well, Mr. Secretary, the boy is not going to be shot,--of that I give you fair warning! Leaving the War Department, he went directly to the White House, although the hour was late. The sentinel on duty told him that special orders had been issued to admit no one whatever that night. After a long parley, by pledging himself to a
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lxviii. (search)
incoln, you never heard, did you, that Chase, Stanton, and I, had a campaign of our own? We went dgret I can't grant it. Judge B. then went to Stanton, and was very briefly disposed of, with the sflat refusal, said Judge B. Then you must see Stanton, continued the President. I have, and with t, one day, with a bitter denunciation of Secretary Stanton and his management of the War Department are the wards of the nation. Yes, replied Stanton, wards in chancery. A few days before the President's death, Secretary Stanton tendered his resignation of the War Department. He accompanierowing his arms about the Secretary, he said: Stanton, you have been a good friend and a faithful pms to be granted to the conquered Rebels. Stanton listened in silence, restraining his emotion,u had better not take the oath of office. Stanton, you are right! said the President, his wholhat he had written, and then said:-- Now Stanton, date and sign this paper, and send it to Gra
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, LXXIV. (search)
face. Well, said he, I have just had a great row with the President of the United States! What? said I. Yes, he replied, and very good cause there is for it, too. Do you know, he continued, Tad went over to the War Department to-day, and Stanton, for the fun of the thing,--putting him a peg above the little corporal of the French Government,--commissioned him lieutenant. On the strength of this, what does Tad do but go off and order a quantity of muskets sent to the house! Tonight he ed. I saw no one who appeared to take this more to heart than Mrs. Lincoln, who was inclined to lay the responsibility at the door of the Secretary of War. Two or three weeks later, when tranquillity was perfectly restored, it was said that Stanton called upon the President and Mrs. Lincoln one evening at the Soldiers' home. In the course of conversation the Secretary said, playfully, Mrs. Lincoln, I intend to have a full-length portrait of you painted, standing on the ramparts at Fort S
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Index. (search)
olonel L. B., 115. Cass, General, 271. Chase, 21, 84, 85, 86, 88-90, 180, 218, 223; letter to Stanton, 180. Cheever, Rev. Dr., 147. Chicago Convention, 119. Christian Commission, 161. Clarker. 245; attorney of the people, 245; little influence with this administration, 246; reply to Stanton's detractor, 246; the German lieutenant, 246; General Grant's whiskey, 247; no personal vices, f a man down South, 263; presentiment of death, 263; the wards of the nation, 264; Lincoln and Stanton, 265; as a flat-boatman, 267; Louisiana negro, 268; Stonewall Jackson, 268; reply to Kentuckian, 259. Sojourner truth, 201-203. Soldiers' home 223 Spectator, (London,) 31. Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 101. Stanton, Secretary, 33, 54, 264, 300 Stephens, Alexander, 211, 215. Stephens,Stanton, Secretary, 33, 54, 264, 300 Stephens, Alexander, 211, 215. Stephens, Mrs. Ann S., 131. Stevens, Hon., Thaddeus, 38, 173. Stone, Dr., 81. Swayne, (Sculptor,) 59. T. Taylor, B. F., 154. Thompson, George, 75. Thompson, Rev. J. P., 143, 186, 259. Tilton, 89,
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