predetermined quarrel, it corroborated warnings already received from high quarters, warnings too authentic to be wholly disregarded, to which, however, General Beauregard
had been unwilling to yield entire credence.
Overlooking Mr. Benjamin
, he referred his letter to the President
, to whom he exposed the Secretary
's ignorance upon the subject, and protested against his ill-timed obstructions and arguments.
The following is an extract from the letter, written to Mr. Davis
, under date of October 20th, 1861.
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