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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 126 0 Browse Search
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it now is with China. In my distress I appealed to the Secretary of War, but he said: I cannot interfere with General Scott's prerogatives; it would be offensive, and our relations are now strained. I am as much troubled about it as you are. I laughingly said, I shall appeal to the President, and accordingly wrote to him at once, that the Secretary of War declined to relieve the lieutenant, that I thought it unnecessary severity, and that I hoped he would grant the delay, and signed it V. H. Davis. Weeks passed on and no answer came. The President rode up to my carriage the evening preceding the parting of the young people, and noticing that I was depressed, asked what had gone awry. I told him, and said, I have never asked any favor of you except this, and it was an intensely personal one to me. He laughed heartily and said, I noticed the handwriting, how much like the General's it was, and thought it a man's hand and referred the note to him, but I will go at once and send Ge
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 40: social relations and incidents of Cabinet life, 1853-57. (search)
l be of rare value to the world of letters. Mr. Davis and he gravitated toward each other at once,e enforcement of this rule was as painful to Mr. Davis as to the recipient of the order. Notably isaid that the consolation he felt for losing Mr. Davis was that he could rest; for, said he, another four years would have killed me; Mr. Davis is never tired, he takes no account of time. Amidsthusband, who was a private in the ranks, and Mr. Davis had promised I should take care of the childtion to write long letters to everybody, and Mr. Davis personally answered those addressed to him. ed him so well, that when we left Washington Mr. Davis gave him a handsome gold pencil-case. Some of the Capitol, and was a frequent visitor. Mr. Davis detailed him for the work, and never had manirations. Just before the termination of Mr. Davis's service in the Cabinet our second son, Jefo show the background of the scenes in which Mr. Davis was a central, I may say a brilliant, figure[17 more...]
ity of the feast had not been preserved, and Mr. Davis whispered to his Southern vis-a-vis, Supposealso by Dr. William Stone, of the District. Mr. Davis's anguish was intense — a procedenture of thuish, I cannot. While they examined the eye Mr. Davis sat in the room which had the full morning ldium of these gloomy hours-and often holding Mr. Davis's hand with the tenderness of a woman. The miniscence of sunshine and cheer with him to Mr. Davis's bedside. He had hardly reached middle agethe attention and sympathy of the audience. Mr. Davis remarked, I lose much of the vigor of my thot to affect the rank and file of the North. Mr. Davis said, very much shocked at Mr. Seward's answfrom conviction alone? Nev-er, answered he. Mr. Davis raised up his blindfolded head, and with mucr. Seward and I both objected earnestly, but Mr. Davis said, It is for the good of the country and the street, and he stopped and said, I think Mr. Davis must get sick again, I miss my daily walks. [8 more...]
peeches. Among those who made addresses was Mr. Davis. He spoke very urgently for peace, and of hfuse in his apologies, but said he had heard Mr. Davis would make a speech after tea, and had askedual men of bright minds and cordial manners, Mr. Davis hourly improved, and found here entire rest sive tone, apparently to a crowded meeting. Mr. Davis arose and was seized with such spasmodic atties, your lives depend upon it. When he saw Mr. Davis's laughing face at the window he made a deep the first oxen I ever saw goaded, and Mr. Davis remonstrated many times against it with the drnly heard, and it seemed to afford relief to Mr. Davis's exacerbated nerves, after the noise and bus, sometimes a foot deep, of velvety green. Mr. Davis took our little girl with us on his shoulder of welcome are here quoted to show the tone Mr. Davis adopted toward them, how frank were his static. The Honorable Caleb Cushing introduced Mr. Davis to the assembly in the following speech, cop[7 more...]