e Presidency, with the Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, as Vice-President. Mr. Stephens was a delegate from Georgia to the Congress.
While these events were occurring, having completed the most urgent of my duties at the capital of Mississippi, I had gone to my home, Briarfield, in Warren County, and had begun, in the homely but expressive language of Mr. Clay, to repair my fences.
While thus engaged, notice was received of my election to the Presidency of the Confederate States, event it, I was surprised, and, still more, disappointed.
For reasons which it is not now necessary to state, I had not believed myself as well suited to the office as some others.
I thought myself better adapted to command in the field, and Mississippi had given me the position which I preferred to any other — the highest rank in her army.
It was, therefore, that I afterward said, in an address delivered in the Capitol before the Legislature of the State, with reference to my election to th