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Gen, Scott. --The Norfolk (Va.) Herald states "on pretty good authority," that Lieut. Gen Scott has said that in the event of Virginia seceding, it was his determination to resign his commission in the army, and make Virginia his place of residence for the remainder of his days.
The Daily Dispatch: January 26, 1861., [Electronic resource], To J. M. Estes. W. M. Caldwell, J. B. Ferguson, and others. (search)
precisely together. Constitutional liberty was thought by both of the candidates too dear a legacy from our fathers to be sacrificed at the expense even of the Union, which, formed for the eventual good and benefit of the whole, has now become synonymous with coercion and a constitutional despotism, which finds no equal save in the constitutional despotism of Louis Napoleon; for it must be recollected that France, as far as the parchment goes, has almost as good a Constitution as ours. General Scott must forget that Virginia was as ready to resent the quartering of troops in Boston in the days of the Revolution, as she will be now the quartering of troops in Baltimore and Washington. He forgets, further, and thinks that the spirit of the land of Patrick Henry will even brook the insult offered to the people of her own soil; and hence, though before the eyes of the setting State Legislature, he is gradually increasing the garrisons at Fort Monroe and the "trusted" employees at Harpe
last night, inclines me to the belief that there is something in the wind, probably in the nature ofcoup d'etat when the time for counting the vote of the Electoral College arrives. But the aforesaid Senators will hardly be a party to it. Scott and Buchanan have had a quarrel because the former can't have his own way about piling company after company of soldiers upon this devoted city. Three hundred are here now, with I know not how many batteries of flying artillery. A camp is to beto the Union is being administered to the militia of the District. It is expected that all the clerks will have to take a similar oath, and so we are having a merry time here. In this connection, it may not be amiss to state that however much Gen Scott may love Virginia, he has taken special pains not to visit any of her representatives during his present sojourn in Washington. Heretofore, he has been invariably quite social and intimate with them. The nomination of Messrs. Randolph, St
Gen Scott's health. --The New York Sun, of Thursday, says: A gentleman who left Washington on Monday, says he had a long interview with Gen. Scott, and that he is enjoying excellent health, better than for many years past, and that he haGen. Scott, and that he is enjoying excellent health, better than for many years past, and that he has all the energy and capabilities to meet the present emergencies. The rumors to the effect that his strength is failing are untrue in every particular. Per contra, the Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune writes: "I saw Gen.Gen. Scott at the War Department to-day. He had just returned from a long interview with Secretary Cameron, and seemed very feeble. As he descended the stairs he clung to the banisters as if for support.--Just then Cyrus W. Field introduced him to an Eung to the banisters as if for support.--Just then Cyrus W. Field introduced him to an English gentleman, who said, 'I am glad to find you looking so well.' 'No,' replied Gen. Scott, I am not well; I have paralysis of the back, and am very lame.'"
n an act which no honorable man can regard otherwise than with the severest censure. "We much regret that the President will necessarily be held responsible for the criminal temerity of the man whom he temporarily placed at the head of the War Department. He has but one course left, if he will escape the odium that will attach to all those who took part in the issue of this fatal order, and that is, to dismiss Mr. Holt from a place to which he should never have been called, and order Gen Scott to return to his post and attend to the legitimate duties of his command of the army. The Southern man who would send armed men to shed the blood of his brethren, is fully capable of betraying the colleague to whose friendship he owes his undeserved elevation. The President has yet the power to prove his reprobation of this reprehensible proceeding, and we trust that he will not hesitate to exercise it before the sun sets." Views of Ex-Secretaries. Hon. A. H. H. Stuart, Secreta
tatives, Mr. Adrain, of New Jersey, introduced a set of resolutions approving of the course of Major Anderson, and pledging support to the President in all constitutional measures to enforce the laws and preserve the Union. The resolutions were adopted — ayes 124, nays 55. The Republicans voted aye, in a body. The Northern Democrats divided — for, while Messrs. Cochrane, Sickles, and MacClay, of New York city, went with the Republicans, Messrs. Florence, of Pa., Vallandigham, of Ohio, and Scott, of California, voted with the South. Some of these gentlemen, voting nay, explained that if the resolution had been confined, simply, to a commendation of Major Anderson, they would have supported it — but believing its effect in the present excited state of the country would do more harm than good, they must vote against it. On the other hand, some members from the South would have given it their support, but from the fact that the Republicans had all along refused the olive branch, thoug<
er submit to this condition of things. If the Abolitionists will have war, let them have it. Toombs boldly declared hemself a rebel, if secession were rebellion, and proclaimed his willingness to throw the bloody spear at any moment. His points were made with great power, coming like bursts of thunder, at times; but his speech, as a whole, was desultory, interrupted, broken. It did not flow like Benjamin's, the movement of which was like the majestic tide of the Mississippi. General Scott is concentrating troops here, ostensibly to protect Lincoln, but, for aught we know, to make an inroad upon Virginia.--We must be on the alert. The sword is drawn against us; the Federal troops, according to a New York dispatch, will reach Charleston this evening. Virginia must trust her defence to herself alone. We will never be more able to take our destiny in our own hands than now. I am glad you have come out so decidedly for a united South. What else is left us?--The day of
nation. With the respect I had entertained for four years, I said. God speed you to your home in the North. [Laughter.] Thus matters stood, when there came a proposition to send for Gen. Scott. I said send — gladly I said send for him. Gen Scott came. He had other ideas. He was a soldier. I had not thought what would be the sentiments of a soldier who had been winning laurels in the field when I was in my swaddling clothes, I thought of him as a man whom Virginia delighted to honor British soldier to set his foot on the soil of old Augusta. One such woman, he said, was worth the whole seventy-seven men who voted for the amendment to the Convention bill that day. Mr. John Seddon here proposed "The reputation of Gen. Scott." To be drank in silence. Gen. Chapman--I now give the last regular toast: "African Slavery — The crime of the infidel, the curse of the hypocrite, the hope of the Christian and the blessing of the patriot." B. B. Douglass, Esq.,
o reason to believe that anything further will be yielded to South Carolina. It is believed that the bill introduced in the Legislature of Missouri, prohibiting the Mayor or sheriff of St. Louis from using a military force to suppress riot, looked to the seizure of the public property, and hence troops have been ordered thither. The Senate galleries and avenues leading to the chamber are densely crowded to hear Senator Seward. [Second Dispatch.] Washington, Jan. 13. --Gen. Scott is still engaged in making preparations to guard against any possible breach of the peace in this city, in consequence of the present political agitation. Effective military forces are to be posted in various parts of the city. It is not probable that any but regular troops and reliable militia will be employed for this purpose. Company A of the 2d Regiment of Light Artillery, Captain Barry, arrived here this morning, and are quartered at the Arsenal.--Two other companies from Leave
[Special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch.]from Washington. Washington, Jan. 13. --Crittenden thinks Seward offers no proposition worthy of being entertained, but does not wholly close the door against conciliation. Gen. Scott is making in Washington a military camp. Zed.
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