This is what took place at the Fairfax Court-House conference. It confirms what we have already stated at the beginning of the present chapter. We now resume our review of Mr. Davis's remarks about it. In that authoritative tone which ill befits him to-day, and frees from undue courtesy towards him those whom he so cavalierly misrepresents, Mr. Davis, with a view to impugn the veracity of the authors of the foregoing memorandum, writes as follows: ‘It does not agree in some respects with my memory of what occurred, and is not consistent with itself.’1 Not consistent, says Mr. Davis, ‘because in one part of the paper it is stated that the reinforcements asked for were to be “seasoned soldiers,” such as were there present;’ and in another part, ‘that he could not take any troops from the points named, and, without arms from abroad, could not reinforce that army.’2 Thereupon, and after propping up his premises to suit his purpose, Mr. Davis concludes that, clearly, from the answer he is said to have made to the three generals, ‘the proposition had been ’
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