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Doc. 208.-letters of Edward Bates to John Minor Botts. Washington city, April 29, 1861. Hon. John Minor Botts, Richmond, Va.:-- Dear Sir: * * * You and I, Hon. John Minor Botts, Richmond, Va.:-- Dear Sir: * * * You and I, Mr. Botts, know each other's characters very well. Heretofore yours has been marked by bold, frank, and manly traits, which won for you many friends and admirers alMr. Botts, know each other's characters very well. Heretofore yours has been marked by bold, frank, and manly traits, which won for you many friends and admirers all over the country, and hence my astonishment on receiving from you such a note with such an enclosure. I do not impute the blame to you, for I cannot avoid the con evidence of a concerted plan, a scheme invented (not by the bold and patriotic Botts, but) by those same conspirators, who, failing to intimidate the Government by I should live to see such a letter under the hand of the gallant and gifted John M. Botts! I shall not go into any minute criticism of the letter — to show how it ct servant, Edward Bats. Second letter. Washington, May 5, 1801. Hon. John M. Botts, Richmond, Va.: my dear Sir :--In answer to your letter of May 2d I ha