The President reiterated his version of the affair, with the further charge against Grant
of insubordination; and he undertook to substantiate his statements by the certificates of five members of the cabinet.
But it is significant, that of these indorsers of presidential veracity, those who are of the least political consequence, and the most obsequious followers of Mr. Johnson
, give the briefest and most emphatic certificates of his correctness; while those who chose to exercise their own memory, though they do not contradict the President
, whom they felt compelled to sustain, really show that General Grant
's statement was the true one.
Certainly every unprejudiced reader could not but believe the plain, straightforward, soldierly declarations of General Grant
, which accord with his well-known character and acts, rather than the disingenuous statements of Andrew Johnson
, who was bent upon disobeying law, and defying Congress, and was trying to force a loyal officer to share his guilt.
When the correspondence was placed before the people, they speedily rendered a verdict in favor of the tried and honest soldier.
They saw that his fidelity to the country in time of peace, against the wily schemes of an unscrupulous executive, was as firm and true as it had been in war when contending against the armed forces of the rebellion.
And Mr. Johnson
had the satisfaction of seeing his little game of damaging Grant
's reputation no more successful than his malignant and unlawful attempt to get rid of Stanton
; for the general was only the more firmly fixed in the regards of the people, and all the more trusted by Congress.
On the other hand, the unexpected result of Mr. Johnson