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after my inauguration—and confirmed by Congress on the same day. The commissioners appointed were A. B. Roman of Louisiana, Martin J. Crawford of Georgia, and John Forsyth of Alabama. Roman was an honored citizen and had been governor of his native state; Crawford had served with distinction in Congress for several years; ForsytForsyth was an influential journalist, and had been minister to Mexico under appointment of Pierce near the close of his term, and continued so under that of Buchanan. These gentlemen, moreover, represented the three great parties which had ineffectually opposed the sectionalism of the so-called Republicans. Ex-Governor Roman had been er years, and one of the Constitutional Union, or Bell-and-Everett party in the canvass of 1860; Crawford, as a state-rights Democrat, had supported Breckinridge; Forsyth had been a zealous advocate of the claims of Douglas. The composition of the commission was therefore such as should have conciliated the sympathy and cooperatio
in, added fresh material; and hatred and hostility toward our new Government were manifested in almost every conceivable manner. Another of the commissioners (Forsyth) having arrived in Washington on March 12—eight days after the inauguration of Lincoln—the two commissioners then present, Forsyth and Crawford, addressed to SewaForsyth and Crawford, addressed to Seward, Secretary of State, a note informing him of their presence, stating the friendly and peaceful purposes of their mission, and requesting the appointment of a day, as early as possible, for the presentation to the President of the United States of their credentials and the objects which they had in view. This letter will be founy declares the main object of the expedition to be the relief of Sumter, and that a force will be landed which will overcome all opposition. Roman, Crawford, and Forsyth. The annexed extracts from my message to the Confederate Congress at the opening of its special session on April 29, will serve as a recapitulation of the eve
pectfully, your obedient servants, (Signed) John Forsyth. (Signed) Martin J. Crawford. memorandu of State, Washington, March 15, 1861. Mr. John Forsyth, of the State of Alabama, and Mr. Martin mmunication, which he had been charged by Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford to present to the Secretary in person. In that communication Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford inform the Secretary of State that, is unable to comply with the request of Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford, to appoint a day on which tn the contrary, he is obliged to state to Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford that he has no authority, noirit of perfect respect and candor toward Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford, and that portion of the peoision declining official intercourse with Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford. April 8, 1861. The foe 15th of March last, have the honor to be John Forsyth, Martin J. Crawford, A. B. Roman. Sewa of State, Washington, April 10, 1861. Messrs. Forsyth, Crawford, and Roman, having been apprise[11 more...]
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