When this grand triumvirate had departed, there were yet many strong men who served in that body with Mr. Hunter from 1850 to 1861 who have made a great impress upon our history.
I need hardly mention such great names as Senators Mason, Toombs, Jefferson Davis, Benjamin, Stephen A. Douglas, Seward, Sumner, Chase, Trumbull, Bayard, Slidell and Crittenden.
Yet I can truthfully assert that of this list of very able men, not one was superior in general, all-'round ability to Mr. Hunter; ninia sent him as one of her representatives to the new government at Montgomery.
He performed that mission.
On the 21st of July, 1861, he was called by President Davis to take the position of Secretary of State for the Confederacy, from which Mr. Toombs, of Georgia, had resigned.
He filled that important trust with eminent ability until the new, or permanent, Confederate Constitution and Government went into operation on the 22d of February, 1862.
Prior to that event the Commonwealth of Vi