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General Weightman and Capt. Francis B. Schaeffer, both of Washington, that a commission as Major of the Seventh Regiment of the District of Columbia militia has been refused the latter, on the ground that his 'loyalty' was doubted. --From the correspondence we learn that at an interview had with General Weightman, in compliance with his request, Captain Schaeffer was informed that his commission was ready for him, but that as rumors, the correctness of which the General had no reason to doubt, had reached him, touching the loyalty of Capt. S., he deemed it proper that the Captain should respond to a few questions, which were put to him by Inspector General Stone, viz: "In the event of the State of Maryland seceding from the Union, would Capt. S. take up arms against said State?" "If the State of Virginia should secede from the Union, would Capt. S. aid the General Government, with force of arms, to coerce said State?" "To the foregoing questions, Capt. S. answered 'I would not.' To the question what would Capt. S. do in the event of the secession of both the States named, he replied that he belonged to the Maryland line. Capt. S. was thereupon informed that he could not have his commission.--Captain Schaeffer is a former Baltimorean, and served as a volunteer officer in the Mexican war with great credit, giving a practical exhibition of his 'loyalty' to his country." ’ The above statements, we are happy to learn, are entirely erroneous. The conversation between Gen. Weightman and Capt. Schaeffer, we have authority for stating, was as follows: Capt. Schaeffer was not asked if the State of Maryland should secede from the Union, would Capt. S. aid the General Government with force of arms to "coerce" that State. He was asked if the United States should call him into service would he take the oath prescribed by law to the officers of the Army? To this he answered in the negative. We are happy to do justice in this respect to Gen. Weightman, a native of Virginia, an officer of the war of 1812, and as true a gentleman in all public and private relations as any country ever had in its service.
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