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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Jefferson Davis. (search)
aid. Indeed, any other would have been injurious. It occurred to me, from recollecting conversations with Mr. Henry Wilson, Since the Vice-President of the United States. the previous April, while we were together at Hilton Head, South Carolina, that if Mr. Davis were guiltless of this latter offence, an avenue might be opened for a speedy trial, or for his manumission as any other prisoner of war. I did consult with such friends, and Mr. Henry Wilson, Governor John A. Andrew, Mr. Thaddeus Stephens, Then the acknowledged leader of the radical and controlling wing of the Republican party in the House of Representatives. and Mr. Gerrit Smith were among them. The result was that I thereupon undertook to do whatever became feasible. Although not in strictness required to elucidate our present intent, it is, nevertheless, becoming the history of the case simply to mention that Mr. Charles O'Conor was, from the first, esteemed the most valuable man to lead for the defence by M