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Jan. 20.--A year ago, when Gen. Cass--grieved and indignant — left Mr. Buchanan's Cabinet, Mr. Attorney-General Black was transferred to the portfolio of State, and Mr. Stanton, then absent from Washington, was fixed upon as Attorney-General.
The same night he arrived at a late hour, and learned from his family of his appointment.
Knowing the character of the bold, bad men then in the ascendency in the Cabinet, he determined at once to decline; but when, the next day, he announced his resolution at the White House, the entreaties of the distressed and helpless President, and the arguments of Mr. Black, prevailed upon him to accept.
At the first meeting of the Cabinet which he attended, the condition of the seceded States, and course to be pursued with the garrison at Fort Sumter were discussed, Floyd and Thompson dwelling upon the irritation of the Southern heart, and the folly of continuing a useless garrison to increase the irritation.
No one formally proposed any course of