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to them for twenty-seven days after it was written. The paper of Seward, in reply, without signature or address, dated March 15, Ibid. was filed, as he states, on that day, in the Department of State, but a copy of it was not handed to the commiss agency of two judges of the Supreme Court of the United States—Justices Nelson of New York and Campbell of Alabama. On March 15, according to the statement of Judge Campbell, See letter of Judge Campbell to Colonel George W. Munford in Papers ofses of his government—of the intention of that government to order the evacuation of Fort Sumter within a few days from March 15, and not to disturb the existing status at Fort Pickens. Moreover, this was not the mere statement of a fact, but a pleo their note of March 12th, which had been permitted to remain in abeyance. The paper of the Secretary of State, dated March 15th, was thereupon delivered to them. This paper, with the final rejoinder of the commissioners and Judge Campbell's lette
with regard to the forts had not passed without earnest remonstrance from the most intelligent and patriotic of its own friends during the period of the events which constitute the subject of the preceding chapter. In the Senate of the United States, which continued in executive session for several weeks after the inauguration of Lincoln, it was the subject of discussion. Douglass of Illinois—who was certainly not suspected of sympathy with secession, or lack of devotion to the Union—on March 15th offered a resolution recommending the withdrawal of the garrisons from all forts within the limits of the states which had seceded, except those at Key West and the Dry Tortugas. In support of this resolution he said: We certainly can not justify the holding of forts there, much less the recapturing of those which have been taken, unless we intend to reduce those States themselves into subjection. I take it for granted, no man will deny the proposition, that whoever permanently holds
il 8, 1861. The foregoing memorandum was filed in this department on the 15th of March last. A delivery of the same to Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford was delayed, was not done, it is proper should be here explained. The memorandum is dated March 15th, and was not delivered until April 8th. Why was it withheld during the interth and Crawford's) consent. This is true; but it is also true that, on the 15th of March, Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford were assured by a person occupying a high off to all they deem material in the memorandum filed in the department on the 15th of March last, have the honor to be John Forsyth, Martin J. Crawford, A. B. Roman. pbell to Seward Washington City, Saturday, April 13, 1861. Sir: On the 15th of March, ultimo, I left with Judge Crawford, one of the commissioners of the Confedps from Sumter was. A portion of my communication to Judge Crawford, on the 15th of March, was founded upon these remarks, and the pledge to evacuate Sumter is less