their slaves, and that the war might have been terminated and its sacrifices avoided, if President Davis and the Confederate authorities had accepted this offer from President Lincoln.
I felt that it was due to the Confederate authorities, due to truth, and necessary as a historic fact, that I should declare, on that great occasion, that no such offer in any form was made.
The Nashville American newspaper, of the 26th of June, 1897, published a communication from Mr. R. H. Baker, of Watertown, Tenn., under the head lines, Judge Reagan in Error, in which he took issue with me on that question, thereby necessarily assuming that President Lincoln had made such an offer.
The day on which Mr. Baker's article was published I sent a note to the American, stating that on my return home I would send to that paper a statement of the authorities on which I made the denial that any such offer had been made.
Pursuant to that promise, on the 7th day of July, 1897, I sent my letter of that