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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The peace Commission.-letter from Ex-President Davis. (search)
historian who may treat of our cause and the manner in which it was maintained. The article opens with a statement of the diminished hopes of certain persons at the period indicated, and of the effect produced by the description given by Mr. F. P. Blair to his old associates of the immense resources of the Government of the United States, and of the destructive spirit which further resistance by the Confederacy would arouse. That Mr. Hunter may be a fair exponent of the despondence he desccertainly have not misstated any thing. Yours, ever faithfully, (Signed) J. P. Benjamin. Draft of instructions prepared by the Secretary of State for Messrs. Stevens, Hunter and Campbell. [Copy.]Washington, January 13, 1865. F. P. Blair; Esq.: Sir: You having shown me Mr. Davis' letter to you of the 12th instant, you may say to him that I have constantly been, am now, and shall continue ready to receive any agent whom he or any other influential person now resisting the n
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The peace Commission-Hon. R. M. T. Hunter's reply to President Davis' letter. (search)
t imputed their sudden wish to the effect of Mr. Blair's mission, or because it implied that it hadthink a little more seriously of peace after Mr. Blair's representations of the dangers of a furthewas told by a senator who had conversed with Mr. Blair, (I never conversed with him upon this subje If I ever knew of that assurance through Mr. Blair I had forgotten it when I wrote the article great as it was, began about the time of Mir. Blair's visit to Richmond. I was not so far wrong, cause of a message from AMr. Lincoln through Mr. Blair, and he thinks no true-hearted Confederate wountries by President Davis in his letter to Mr. Blair did throw difficulties in the way of the recre furnished with a letter addressed to Mr. Francis P. Blair by President Lincoln, wherein the lattet correspond to the letter of Mr. Lincoln to Mr. Blair, and that it might make difficulty. I lecopy of the letter from President Lincoln to Mr. Blair. With General Grant he came to us, and enq