his suspicion originated in the same source from which came the unfriendly and injurious terms which it appears from his own statement he employed secretly against me. It is true that I believed his usefulness diminished by his timidity; but before having the advantage of his philosophy, as expounded in the article now under notice, I had concluded to take him as God made him, esteeming him for his good qualities, despite his defects; and now regret that these last have proved greater than was supposed. I have waited for answers to enquiries about the only point in Mr. Hunter's article to which a response was considered obligatory, and this has delayed my communication to the present date. Of the aids who were then near to me, one is abroad; the answers of the other three are annexed, and they require no explanation. The characters of those gentlemen would render worse than useless a defence against the absurd suspicion that they were employed in backbiting gossip about a visitor to the house of their chief.
I remain yours, respectfully, Jefferson Davis.
Letter from G. W. C. Lee.
Lexington, Va., 15th January, 1878.My dear friend: I received last week your letter of the 4th instant, and showed it to Colonel Johnston, who said that he would write to you on the subject of your enquiry without delay. To the best of my recollection and belief, I never heard, before the receipt of your letter of the 4th instant, of Mr. Hunter's interview with you, in the interests of peace, referred to in the letter published over his signature in the December number of the Southern Historical Society Papers, which I have just read for the first time; nor do I remember to have ever heard a word from you that could be repeated to his disparagement. I do remember, however, that you were not in the habit of talking to me about public matters out of the line of my duties, and with which I had no special concern. With many thanks for your kind wishes, and with my very sincere prayers for the happiness of yourself and household, I remain faithfully,