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[238] statement, you answered on the 16th by what was in substance a reiteration of it.

XXIV. I again requested, on the 17th, that you should refer by dates to any such communication as that alleged by you.

XXV. You answered on 20th June, apologized for carelessness in your first reply, and referred me to a passage from my telegram to you of 28th May, and to one from the Secretary of War of 5th June; and then informed me that you considered “Executive” as including Secretary of War.

XXVI. Your telegram of 12th June was addressed to the Secretary of War in the second person; it begins “your dispatch,” and then speaks of the Executive in the third person, and, on reading it, it was not supposed that the word Executive referred to any one but myself; but, of course, in a matter like this, your explanation of your meaning is conclusive.

XXVII. The telegram of the Secretary of War of 5th June, followed by that of 8th June, conveyed unmistakably the very reverse of the meaning you attribute to them, and your reference to them as supporting your position is unintelligible. I revert, therefore, to my telegram of 28th May. That telegram was in answer to one from you in which you stated that on the arrival of certain reinforcements, then on the way, you would have about twenty-three thousand; that Pemberton could be saved only by beating Grant; and you added: “ Unless you can promise more troops, we must try with that number. The odds against us will be very great. Can you add seven thousand?”

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