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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 48: Seward.—emancipation.—peace with France.—letters of marque and reprisal.—foreign mediation.—action on certain military appointments.—personal relations with foreigners at Washington.—letters to Bright, Cobden, and the Duchess of Argyll.—English opinion on the Civil War.—Earl Russell and Gladstone.—foreign relations.—1862-1863. (search)
ntion was called, probably by Sumner, to the despatch of July 5, he expressed surprise, and disclaimed any knowledge of it,—a disclaimer which he subsequently repeated to Sumner. New York Tribune, March 2, 1863. There was a controversy between the New York Tribune and New York Times as to Seward's practice in submitting despatches to the President before they were sent. (New York Tribune, February 25, 26, and 28.) The articles in the Tribune, signed Truth and Courage, were written by James W. White, a member of the New York bar. The President stood firmly by the secretary, and the effort to displace him proved futile. It received a check in an unexpected quarter,—from one of the secretary's associates. Mr. Seward on hearing of it sent to the President his resignation before the senators had their interview with him; and Mr. Chase, who singularly enough saw fit to construe the terms of the request as including himself, took occasion also to resign. The President by a joint le