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e belief that the total force was enormous in strength — that a vast number of troops were hidden all about the city — that they abandoned the scheme of seizing Washington, preventing the inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, and placing one of their number in the Executive Chair.
See page 148. They were undeceived, four days before the inauguration, by a Message of the President,
March 1, 1861. in response to an inquiry by Congress concerning the number of troops in the city.
Mr. Burnett, of Kentucky, offered a resolution in the House of Representatives on the 11th of February, which was adopted, asking the President for his reasons for assembling a large number of troops in Washington; why they were kept there; and whether he had any information of a conspiracy to seize the Capital, and prevent the inauguration of the President elect.
On the 5th of the same month, Wigfall had offered a resolution in the Senate, asking the President why, since the commencement of the session of Congres
ran journalist, Thurlow Weed, wrote as follows for the editorial column of his paper, the Albany Evening Journal:--
The throng in front of the Capitol was immense, and yet the President's voice was so strong and clear that he was heard distinctly.
The cheers went up loud and long.
After he commenced delivering his Inaugural I withdrew, and passing north on Capitol Hill, saw Generals Scott and Wool, in full uniform, standing by their battery — the battery memorable for its prowess in Mexico.
I could not resist the impulse to present myself to those distinguished veterans, the heroes of so many battles and so many victories.
They received me cordially, General Scott inquiring how the inauguration was going on. I replied, It is a success.
Upon which the old hero raised his arms and exclaimed, God be praised!
God in his goodness be praised!
In leaving these scarred and seamed veterans, my mind went back to the long interval and striking events which have occurred since 181