the action of the Senate as itself a reinstatement of the secretary, and notifying the President
of the fact, vacated the office.
, baffled and angry, made known through some of his favorite correspondents of the press, his own schemes to thwart the will of Congress, in which he made it appear that General Grant
had been a willing and active participant, but had finally been guilty of falsehood and deception, and had allowed Mr. Stanton
to resume the war office in violation of his express promises.
The substance of the statement was, in brief, that General Grant
had promised the President
that he would either hold on to the office of Secretary of War
and resist the reinstatement of Mr. Stanton
by the Senate, or, if he should change his mind and prefer not to be a party to the controversy, would resign, and thus enable the President
to appoint some one who would be his tool; that on the Saturday
previous to Stanton
's reinstatement Grant
virtually repeated this promise, and also promised to see the President
on the following Monday
, but failed to do so; and that at a cabinet meeting, being asked if he had not made such promises and broken them, he admitted that he had!
The newspaper account, of course, did not fail to color the picture to Grant
This story was published to gratify the vulgar hatred of Mr. Johnson
, and with the hope of alarming the Republican party, and so damaging the general's reputation that the people would not accept him as a candidate for the Presidency.
It was intended also to divert attention from Mr. Johnson
's own guilty purposes.
So mean a game was never before played by an occupant