Abe Puts the foot down Firmly again.
, a New. York
Fifth Avenue lady, went to Washington
lately — before Manassas
was fought, be assured — to procure a reprieve for Collins
and Dunleavy, convicted of the murder of George W. Pike
, captain of the ship General Parkhill
. --The interview between herself and Lincoln
is thus described in a letter to the Boston Journal.
Abe, it will be seen, adheres to his maxim, that it ‘"is necessary to put the foot down firmly sometimes,"’ notwithstanding he has been admonished so often of the danger of planting his preposterous and cumbersome feet upon hot places:
On gaining an interview, she said to the President
that she had come to place before him some of the circumstances connected with the case of the unfortunate men imprisoned in the Toombs in New York, and that she hoped--
As she uttered these words, Mr. Lincoln
involuntarily started back, and with a manner that expressed the greatest determination and firmness, but altogether void of excitement, said that it would be a waste of time for her to proceed further, as his mind was made up to let the law take its course.
The lady began again to state her case, when Mr. Lincoln
exclaimed, somewhat impatiently, that it was enough — they were taken on the Savannah
, and that he would never interfere on their behalf.
then explained that he had misunderstood the nature of her application, and proceeded to acquaint the President
with her mission.
The result of her mission was that to-day a respite of the sentence was received by the United States Marshal, putting off the execution from the 20th of July to the 29th of November, one of the grounds given bring that an examination of the tastes many produced on the trial showed it to be vegus and contradictory.