Doc. 78.-where Gen. Scott stands.In the course of a speech delivered in Ohio Senator Douglas said:
Gentlemen, I have been requested by so many different ones to make a statement in response to the inquiries that are propounded to me, that I do so as a matter of justice to an eminent patriot.I have been asked whether there is any truth in the rumor that Gen. Scott was about to retire from the American army. It is almost profanity to ask that question. (“Good, good,” and three cheers for Gen. Scott.) I saw him only last Saturday. He was at his desk, pen in hand, writing his orders for the defence and safety of the American Capital. (Cheers.) Walking down the street, I met a distinguished gentleman, a member of the Virginia Convention, whom I knew personally, and had a few minutes' conversation with him. He told me that he had just had an interview with Lieut.-Gen. Scott; that he was chairman of the committee  appointed by the Virginia Convention to wait upon Gen. Scott, and tender him the command of the forces of Virginia in this struggle. Gen Scott received him kindly, listened to him patiently, and said to him: “I have served my country under the flag of the Union for more than fifty years, and as long as God permits me to live, I will defend that flag with my sword; even if my own native State assails it.” (Tremendous applause and three more cheers for Gen. Scott.) I do not pretend that I am precisely accurate in the language used, but I know I am in the idea, and I have given the language as nearly as I could repeat it. I have felt it due to him and to the country to make this statement, in view of the reports that have been circulated, and the repeated inquiries made of me since my arrival here to-day.--N. Y. Times.
General Scott's views.
Lieut.-General Scott's respects to the Secretary of War to say--
--National Intelligencer, January 18, 1861.