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that I do not care to name,--because I know no land bad enough to be cursed with their presence — but never to live here again.
At the close of my speech the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher was called upon to address the assemblage, which he did in his peculiar way, expressing high consideration for myself, and in the course of his remarks he named me as a possible candidate.
for the presidency in 1868.
The proceedings were interlarded with toasts, and among others there was one by Gen. Prosper M. Wetmore of my possible candidature.
While all this was sufficiently laudatory, yet to me it was one of the most unhappy and unfortunate occurrences of my life, and it was my own fault that it was so. I only looked upon it as the effervescence of the champagne of the hour, and paid no attention to it as a sober announcement of such possible candidature.
Otherwise I cannot account for my not having had wit or wisdom enough to interpose another little speech in which I could have taken the
nce, 878; the clannishness of, 879; Sherman quoted upon.
890; Turner a graduate of, 894.
West, Col., Robert, leads force to Charles City Court-House, 618; advance toward Richmond, 640; reference to, 642; drives enemy from the Chickahominy, 645.
Wessels, General, gallant defence of Plymouth, 635.
Western Union Telegraph Co., Butler's arrangements with, 759-760.
Western Bay State Regiment, State aid promised to, 309; enlistment of, 310; drawing lots in peril off Hatteras, 344.
Wetmore, Gen. Prosper M., makes a toast, 773.
Whiting, Major-General, quoted upon the Fort Fisher attack, 794, 798, 804, 810; aids the construction of Fort Fisher, 812; dying declarations of, 820.
Whelden, Lieutenant-Colonel, letter to regarding State aid, 309-310.
Wickliffe, Governor, at Baton Rouge, 483.
Wilson, Hon., Henry, visit from Annapolis, 207; objects to further recruiting, 295; as chairman of Senate Military Committee, 318; neglects to carry out President's recommendation, 87