This diary was written with the knowledge of the President
and the Secretary of War
I informed them of it by note.
They did not deprecate criticism on their official conduct; for they allowed me still to execute the functions of a very important position in the Government
until the end of its career.
My discriminating friends will understand why I accepted the poor title of a clerkship, after having declined the Chargeship
, tendered by Mr. Calhoun
during the administration of President Polk