I wrote in my journal, under date of October 2:
Colonel Du Bois, Captain Benham, and Captain Howard, who were sent to inspect in Genl. Ewing's and Genl. Blunt's districts, have returned.
They report affairs in Blunt's district in a disgraceful condition.
I have determined to relieve Blunt, and propose to send McNeil to Fort Smith.
I telegraphed my intentions to Genl. Halleck this morning, and asked for a general officer to command one of the two districts.
Soon after I received a despatch from the President saying Genl. Halleck had shown him my despatch, and adding: ‘If possible, you better allow me to get through with a certain matter here before adding to the difficulties of it. Meantime supply me with the particulars of Maj.-Genl. Blunt's case.’
I replied: ‘I will forward the papers in Genl. Blunt's case, and defer action until I know your pleasure regarding it. I desire, if possible, to diminish and not increase your difficulties.
This is one reason why I informed Genl. Halleck what I thought it necessary to do.’
Have since received a despatch from Genl. Halleck saying that he had ordered Brig.-Genl. J. B. Sanborn from Vicksburg to report to me for duty.
Have received a letter from Atty.-Genl. Bates, dated Sept. 29, saying I need have no fear of the result of the efforts of the radical delegation.
On Sept. 30 I received a despatch from the President transmitting the false report from Leavenworth that Col. Moss, of the militia, was driving out Union families from Platt and Union counties.
After full inquiry from Col. Guitar, Genl. Ewing, and Col. Williams at St. Joseph, have replied to the President, informing him the report is false, and a base attempt of my enemies to influence his action.
Under date of October 4, I wrote in my journal:
The address presented to the President by the radical delegation from Missouri was published in the ‘Democrat’ last evening.