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‘ [32] negotiations, having in view new and untried relations with agencies unknown to, and acting in derogation of, the Constitution and the laws.’1

The correspondence of the Southern Commissioners with Mr. Seward attests this. The interesting particulars added thereto by the Honorable John A. Campbell, late Associate-Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, show that not only were the conciliatory proposals tendered to the Federal government by the Confederate States treated with uncourteous disregard, but that a covert attempt at provisioning and reinforcing Fort Sumter, was being made, pending the delay to which our commissioners were subjected in Washington, while unofficial but positive assurances were given them of an early evacuation of that fort.

So many despatches and letters, public and private, had been forwarded to the South by influential Southern statesmen then in Washington, to the effect that, despite heavy outside pressure, the President could be induced to settle the question at issue without a resort to arms, if sufficient time were allowed him, that up to the very last hour the Confederate authorities at Montgomery, and many high officials in Charleston, really hoped that the Federal troops would yet be withdrawn from Sumter, and the impending danger of war be averted. General Crawford, United States Army, in his essay, ‘The First Shot Against the Flag,’ speaking of this impression, says distinctly, ‘and they had at one time reason for the belief.’2 General Doubleday expresses himself with no less certainty when he states that ‘Anderson now had no doubt that we would be withdrawn, and the papers all gave out the same idea.’3

Not until Captain G. V. Fox, of the United States Navy, had obtained introduction into Sumter, under the plea of ‘pacific purposes,’ though in reality to concert a plan for its reinforcement; not until Colonel Lamon, representing himself as a confidential agent of President Lincoln, had gained access to the fort, under the pretence of arranging matters for the removal of the troops, but ‘in reality to confer with Major Anderson, and ascertain the amount of provisions on hand;’4 not until, on the 8th of April,

1 Mr. Seward's reply to the Southern Commissioners.

2 ‘Annals of the War,’ p. 324.

3 General Doubleday's ‘Reminiscences of Sumter and Moultrie,’ p. 133.

4 Ibid. p. 134.

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