Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Gen. Scott and the Lincoln Administration.
Richmond, Va. May 24, 1861.
A distinguished gentleman whose name is known and respected in all sections of this country, and whose veracity has never been questioned, recently passed through this city, and while here he made known a very important fact.
He said that early in the history of the Lincoln Administration General Scott
addressed a letter to Abraham Lincoln
, stating that he would never fight against Virginia
and the South
, and recommending a conciliatory policy.
W. H. Seward
replied, assuring the old General that Mr. Lincoln
would coerce, even though it might lead to securing another Commander-in-Chief
of the U. S. forces. General Scott
finally yielded to Black Republican pressure, though the Administration doubt as to his being heart and soul with them, and hence are in favor of substituting a younger and more energetic man. I believe the above information is reliable, and therefore place it at your disposal.
has not, and cannot have, that zeal and enthusiasm in destroying his mother, that Gen. Lee
and President Davis
have in defending her.-- He is led on by the $17,000 per annum; they, by the purest motives that ever fired the heart of humanity.