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The Daily Dispatch: November 19, 1862., [Electronic resource], Highly interesting Revelations — the last interview about the "Union"--Lincoln Tells two Anecdotes — he Wonders if Bell or Douglas would have Stood what he Stood? (search)
ed back and said, "Mr. President, I have no authority to speak for Virginia, I am one of the humblest of her sons; but if you will guarantee to do that, it will be one of the wisest things you have ever done. Do that, and give us guarantees, and I can only promise you that whatever influence I possess shall be exerted to promote the Union and to restore it to what it was." We then, all of us, got up and were standing. I was on the outer circle. He said: "Well, gentlemen, I have been wondering very much whether, if Mr. Douglas of Mr. Bell had been elected President, you would have dared to talk to him as freely as you have to me." I did not hear the answer, but I am told that Mr. Guthrie answered him about in this way: "Mr. President, if Gen Washington occupied the seat that you will soon fill, and it had been necessary to talk to him as we have to you to save such a Union as this, I for one should talk to him as we have to you." (Hear, hear) That closed the conversation.