our discussion, as his personal relations with the President
of the Confederacy
might enable him to remove the obstacle to agreement that we had encountered the day before.
He assented, and that gentleman joined us.
We had conversed on the subject discussed the day before perhaps a half-hour, when the memorandum written by Mr. Reagan
I read this paper to General Sherman
, as a basis for terms of peace, pointing out to him that it contained nothing which he had not already accepted, but the language that included the President
and cabinet in the terms of amnesty.
After listening to General Breckenridge
, who addressed him six or eight minutes in advocacy of these conditions of peace, General Sherman
wrote very rapidly the memorandum that follows, with the paper presented by me before him. He wrote so rapidly that I thought, at the time, that he must have come to the place prepared to agree to amnesty with no exceptions.
His paper differed from mine only in being fuller.