gitimate purposes, was so little felt by individual citizens that they almost forgot its existence, and were almost unaware that there was any other government in the land than those of the States and municipalities,
Soon after my arrival in Washington in 1861 I had several interviews with prominent abolitionists — of whom Senator Sumner was one--on the subject of slavery.
I invariably took the ground that I was thoroughly opposed to slavery, regarding it as a great evil, especially to the wal conditions of peace that slavery should be abolished within a fixed and reasonable period.
Had the arrangements of the terms of peace been in my hands I should certainly have insisted on this.
During the autumn of 1861, after arriving in Washington, I discontinued the practice of returning fugitive slaves to their owners.
In Western Virginia, after Pegram's surrender, when I had been directed to parole the prisoners, I collected the large number of negro slaves captured with their mast