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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xvii. (search)
lence ensued, that he had to turn us all outof-doors? The day following, by special permission of Mr. Lincoln, I was present at the regular Cabinet meeting. Judge Bates came in first, and, taking a package out of his pocket, said, You may not be aware, Mr. President, that you have a formidable rival in the field. I received ths the name], of Philadelphia. The bill then went on to enumerate the qualifications of the candidate, which were of a stunning order; and the whole was signed George Bates, which the Attorney-General said might be a relative of his, for aught he knew. This decidedly original document was pinned up in a conspicuous place in the c Interior; he is of good family and excellent character. Usher, was the reply, I would not appoint the Angel Gabriel a paymaster, if he was only twenty-one. Judge Bates, who was to have a sitting after the adjournments, here beckoned to me, signifying that he was ready for the appointment. And so ended my brief glimpse of a ca
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxi. (search)
Xxi. Judge Bates, the Attorney-General, was one day very severe upon the modern ideal school of art, as applied to historic characters and events. He instanced in sculpture, Greenough's Washington, in the Capitol grounds, which, he said, was a very good illustration of the heathen idea of Jupiter Tonans, but was the farthest possible remove from any American's conception of the Father of his Country. Powell's painting in the Rotunda, De Soto discovering the Mississippi, and Mills's equeabstract argument. Mr. Lincoln, he added, comes very near being a perfect man, according to my ideal of manhood. He lacks but one thing. Looking up from my palette, I asked, musingly, if this was official dignity as President. No, replied Judge Bates, that is of little consequence. His deficiency is in the element of will. I have sometimes told him, for instance, that he was unfit to be intrusted with the pardoning power. Why, if a man comes to him with a touching story, his judgment is
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxviii. (search)
ral members of the Cabinet to this policy. He replied, Nothing more than I have stated to you. Mr. Blair thought we should lose the fall elections, and opposed it on that ground only. I have understood, said I, that Secretary Smith was not in favor of your action. Mr. Blair told me that, when the meeting closed, he and the Secretary of the Interior went away together, and that the latter said to him, if the President carried out that policy, he might count on losing Indiana, sure! He never said anything of the kind to me, returned the President. And what is Mr. Blair's opinion now? I asked. Oh, was the prompt reply, he proved right in regard to the fall elections, but he is satisfied that we have since gained more than we lost. I have been told, I added, that Judge Bates doubted the constitutionality of the proclamation. He never expressed such an opinion in my hearing, replied Mr. Lincoln. No member of the Cabinet ever dissented from the policy, in any conversation with me.
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Liii. (search)
Liii. The opinion of the Attorney-General, Judge Bates, as to the safety of Mr. Lincoln's being intrusted with the pardoning power, was founded upon an intimate knowledge of the man. A nature of such tenderness and humanity would have been in danger of erring on what many would call the weak side, had it not been balanced by an unusual degree of strong practical good sense and judgment. The Secretary of War, and generals in command, were frequently much annoyed at being overruled,--the discipline and efficiency of the service being thereby, as they considered, greatly endangered. But there was no going back of the simple signature, A. Lincoln, attached to proclamation or reprieve. My friend Kellogg, representative from Essex County, New York, received a despatch one evening from the army, to the effect that a young townsman, who had been induced to enlist through his instrumentality, had, for a serious misdemeanor, been convicted by a court-martial, and was to be shot t
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lxviii. (search)
for manslaughter, a powerful appeal was made in his behalf, as he had previously borne an excellent character. Giving the facts a hearing, Mr. Lincoln responded:-- Well, gentlemen, leave your papers, and I will have the Attorney-General, Judge Bates, look them over, and we will see what can be done. Being both of us pigeon-hearted fellows, the chances are that, if there is any ground whatever for interference, the scoundrel will get off! Attorney-General Bates was once remonstrating Attorney-General Bates was once remonstrating with the President against the appointment to a judicial position of considerable importance of a western man, who, though once on the bench, was of indifferent reputation as a lawyer. Well now, Judge, returned Mr. Lincoln, I think you are rather too hard on--. Besides that, I must tell you, he did me a good turn long ago. When I took to the law, I was going to court one morning, with some ten or twelve miles of bad road before me, when — overtook me in his wagon. Hallo, Lincoln! said he;
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Index. (search)
Index. A. Adams, J. Q., 211. Alley, Hon. J. B., 119. All-noise Story. 212. Amnesty Proclamation, 98. Andersonville, 177. Apparition, 164. Arnold, Hon. I. N., 150, 237, 302. Ashley, Hon. Mr., 151. Ashmun, Hon., George, 284-286. Assassination, 63. B. Baker, G. E., 127. Baldwin, Judge, (Cal.,) 245. Baltimore Convention, 162. Barrett, Hon. J. H., 86, 254. Bateman, Newton, 192. Bates, Attorney-General, 55. Battle, Fair Oaks, 139. Beecher, Henry Ward, 135, 230. Bellows, Rev. Dr., 81, 274. Bible Presentation, 199. Bingham, Hon. John A., 234. Blair, Hon. M., 21, 46, 88. Booth, Edwin, 49. Bowen, H. C., 221. Brady, M. B., 46. Braine, Lieutenant, 94. Brooks, Noah, 63, 165, 188, 235. Bulletin, (San Francisco,) 223. Burnside, 81. C. Cabinet Meeting, 55. Cameron, Secretary, 136-138, 253. Cannon, Colonel L. B., 115. Cass, General, 271. Chase, 21, 84, 85, 86, 88-90, 180, 218, 223; letter to Stanton, 180. Cheever, Rev. Dr., 14