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oval to procure the indictment of Lee for treason. General Lee at once appealed to General Grant. His first communication was verbal, and was made through Mr. Reverdy Johnson, who acted as the legal adviser of Lee; he came to see me to learn Grant's feeling. I ascertained that Grant was firm in his determination to stand by his own terms, and so informed Mr. Johnson. Grant, however, thought that Lee should go through the form of applying for pardon, in order to indicate his complete submission. Lee, though entirely willing to make the application, was anxious to be assured in advance that Grant would formally approve it. General Ord, then in command in Richmond, made known this feeling of Lee to Grant, through General Ingalls, and Grant directed me to assure Mr. Reverdy Johnson of his readiness to indorse Lee's application favorably. Accordingly Lee forwarded two papers of the same date, one an application for pardon in the prescribed form, and the other a statement of the propo
in accord with his views than Grant. The Hon. Reverdy Johnson also saw the President and recommendee had given all the necessary notification to Johnson of his course. I was with him, with other sthad occurred. He declared that he had told Mr. Johnson that on no account could he consent to holdould not be satisfied with Grant's decision. Johnson indeed was always slow in arriving at a decisnstantaneous in action when the crisis came. Johnson could even now not determine what to do; he dnt. Grant positively denied the assertion of Johnson and Johnson induced three of his Cabinet Minitration he manifested the same feeling toward Johnson's Secretary of the Treasury. McCulloch had rred no loss. The heated discussion between Johnson and Grant is historical. Letters of an extrainduce Grant to take the step that he asked. Johnson had constantly flattered himself that he couday it is probable that he would have visited Johnson again, for he was profoundly anxious to tranq[7 more...]