message. Mr. Graves, therefore, wrote a note to Mr. C., asking him if he were correct in his understanding that the letter in question was declined because Mr. C. could not consent to hold himself accountable to public journalists for words spoken in debate, and not on grounds of personal objection to Col. Webb as a gentleman. To this note Mr. Cilley replied, on the advisement of his friends, that he declined the note of Col. Webb, because he ‘chose to be drawn into no controversy with him,’ and added that he ‘neither affirmed nor denied anything in regard to his character.’ This was considered by Mr. Graves as involving him fully in the dilemma which he was seeking to avoid, and amounting to an impeachment of his veracity, and he now addressed another note to inquire, ‘whether you declined to receive his (Col. Webb's) communication on the ground of any personal objection to him as a gentleman of honor?’ To this query Mr. Cilley declined to give an answer, denying the right of Mr. G. to propose it. The next letter in course was a challenge from Mr. Graves by the hand of Mr. Wise, promptly responded to by Mr. Cilley through Gen. Jones of Wisconsin. The weapons selected by Mr. Cilley were rifles; the distance eighty yards. (It was said that Mr. Cilley was practicing with the selected weapon the morning of accepting the challenge, and that he lodged eleven balls in succession in a space of four inches square.) Mr. Graves experienced some difficulty in procuring a rifle, and asked time, which was granted; and Gen. Jones, Mr. Cilley's second, tendered him the use of his own rifle; but, meantime, Mr. Graves had procured one. The challenge was delivered at 12 o'clock on Friday; the hour selected by Mr. Cilley was 12 of the following day. His unexpected choice of rifles, however, and Mr. Graves' inability to procure one, delayed the meeting till 2 o'clock. The first fire was ineffectual. Mr. Wise, as second of the challenging party, now called all parties together, to effect a reconciliation. Mr. C. declining to negotiate while under challenge, it was suspended to give room for explanation. Mr. Wise remarked—‘Mr. Jones, these gentlemen have come here without animosity towards each other; they are fighting merely upon a point of honor; cannot Mr. Cilley assign some reason for not receiving at Mr. Graves' hands Colonel Webb's communication, or make some disclaimer which will relieve Mr. Graves from his position?’ The reply was— “I am authorized by my friend, Mr. Cilley, to say that in declining to receive the note from Mr. Graves, purporting to be from Colonel Webb, he meant no disrespect to Mr. Graves, because he entertained for him then, as he now does, the highest respect and the most kind feelings; but that he declined to receive the note because he chose not to be drawn into any controversy with Colonel Webb.” This is Mr. Jones' version; Mr. Wise thinks he said, ‘My friend refuses to disclaim disrespect to Colonel Webb, because he does not choose to be drawn into an expression of opinion as to him.’ After consultation, Mr. Wise returned
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 : the Scotch -Irish of New Hampshire .
Chapter 3 : early childhood.
Chapter 5 : at Westhaven , Vermont .
Chapter 6 : apprenticeship.
Chapter 7 : he wanders.
Chapter 8 : arrival in New York.
Chapter 10 : the first penny paper—and who thought of it.
Chapter 12 : editor of the New Yorker .
Chapter 15 : starts the Tribune .
Chapter 16 : the Tribune and Fourierism.
Chapter 18 : the Tribune and J. Fenimore Cooper .
Chapter 19 : the Tribune continues.
Chapter 20 : Margaret Fuller .
Chapter 21 : editorial repartees.
Chapter 23 : three months in Congress.
Chapter 24 : Association in the Tribune office .
Chapter 26 : three months in Europe .
Chapter 27 : recently.
Chapter 28 : day and night in the Tribune office .
Chapter 29 : position and influence of Horace Greeley .
Chapter 30 : Appearance—manners—habits.
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