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r agreement, invites a collision and must inevitably inaugurate civil war. I cannot consent to be the agent of such calamity. I deeply regret that I feel myself under the necessity of tendering to you my resignation as Secretary of War, because I can no longer hold it under my convictions of patriotism, nor with honor, subjected as I am to a violation of solemn pledges and plighted faith. With the highest personal regard, I am most truly yours, John B. Floyd. To His Excellency the President of the United States. The President's reply. Washington, Dec. 31, 1860. my dear Sir: I have received and accepted your resignation of the office of Secretary of War; and not wishing to impose upon you the task of performing its mere routine duties, which you have so kindly offered to do, I have authorized Postmaster-general Holt to administer the affairs of the Department until your successor shall be appointed. Yours, very respectfully, James Buchanan. Hon. John B. Floyd.
Doc. 17.--correspondence between Gov. Ellis and Secretary Holt. January 12, 1861. Sir:--Reliable information has reached this Department, that, on the 8th inst., Forts Johnson and Caswell were taken possession of by State troops and persons resident in that vicinity, in an irregular manner. Upon receipt of this information I immediately issued a military order requesting the forts to be restored to the authorities of the United States, which orders will be executed this day. My ke to answer for the consequences. The forts in this State have long been unoccupied, and their being garrisoned at this time will unquestionably be looked upon as a hostile demonstration, and will, in my opinion, certainly be resisted. Secretary Holt responded, under date of Jan. 15: Your letter of the 12th inst., addressed to the President of the United States, has by him been referred to this Department, and he instructs me to express his gratification at the promptitude with whic
ho resist the federal officers in the execution of their legal functions and against those who assail the property of the Federal Government, is clear and undeniable. (Cries of Good for him, and loud cheering.) The authorities of South Carolina were repeatedly warned that, if they assailed Fort Sumter, it would be the commencement of civil war, and they would be responsible for the consequences. (Cheers.) The last and most emphatic of these warnings is contained in the admirable answer of Mr. Holt, Secretary of War, to Mr. Hayne, the Commissioner from South Carolina, on the 6th of February. It is in these words:--If, with all the multiplied proof which exists of the President's anxiety for peace, and of the earnestness with which lie has pursued it, the authorities of that State shall assault Fort Sumter and peril the lives of the handful of brave and loyal men shut up within its walls, and thus plunge our common country into the horrors of civil war, then upon them and those they r
Doc. 197 1/2.-Joseph Holt's letter on the pending R Evolution. printed from the Louisville edition. Washington, May 31, 1861. J. F. Speed, Esq.: My Dear Sir:--The recent overwhelming vote in favor of the Union in Kentucky has afforded unspeakable gratification to all true men throughout the country. That vote indicates that the people of that gallant State have been neither seduced by the arts nor terrified by the menaces of the revolutionists in their midst, and that it is thei with our every earthly interest, embarked in mid ocean on the same common deck. The howl of the storm is in our ears, and the lightning's red glare is painting hell on the sky, and while the noble ship pitches and rolls under the lashings of the waves, the cry is heard that she has sprung a leak at many points, and that the rushing waters are mounting rapidly in the hold. The man who, in such an hour, will not work at the pumps, is either a maniac or a monster. Sincerely yours, J. Holt.
ardians of the Union shall become its betrayers. I do not mean to say, gentlemen, that President Buchanan, who at the close of his Administration, partially redeemed his character, by calling to his counsels those brave men and true patriots, Mr. Holt and General Dix, was personally privy to the designs of the false secretaries whom they replaced ; but it is neverthe-less true that he is the man who, under the Constitution, is directly responsible to the American people for the acts of his Adumiliation of our country. Then came the interruption of their plans by the premature discovery of the theft of the Indian bonds and other villanies, compelling the retirement of the traitorous secretaries Cobb, Thompson, and Floyd; the advent of Holt and Dix, reviving the hopes of the nation, and the immortal order of the latter, which rung like a trumpet through the land, If any man shall attempt to pull down the National Flag, shoot him on the spot. Then came the official announcement to