with the words: ‘I believe you, Schofield
; those fellows have been lying to me again.’
undoubtedly referred here to a previous incident which was related to me by the Hon. James S. Rollins
, member of Congress from Missouri
, one of the truest and most truthful men in the world, as having occurred in his presence.
Some men from Missouri
had prevailed upon Mr. Rollins
to introduce them to the President
, to whom they wished to represent the condition of affairs in Missouri
as viewed from their standpoint.
After listening to their story, the President
opened the little right-hand drawer of his desk, took out a letter from me, and read it to them.
He then said: ‘That
is the truth about the matter; you fellows are lying to me.’
Determined to leave no room for doubt in the President
's mind, I telegraphed to St. Louis
and got the Broadhead letter; but by the time it arrived I had become so satisfied of Mr. Lincoln
's confidence that I did not think it worth while to show it to him.
I remained at the capital several weeks, and had full conversations with the President
on public affairs.
The political situation was a perplexing one.
The state of parties in the West
seemed that of inextricable confusion, which Mr. Lincoln
and his friends were anxious to unravel, if possible, before the next Presidential nomination.
the faction which had been friendly to me was also a supporter of Mr. Lincoln
, while the radicals were opposed to him. In Kansas
, on the contrary, the so-called Lane
factions, while vying with each other in professions of radicalism, were divided in the opposite manner.
The former supported the President
, but was bitterly hostile to me, while the latter was friendly to me and opposed to Mr. Lincoln
I frankly told the President
that it was impossible for me to reconcile those differences—indeed, that I did not believe any general in the army could, as department commander,