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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.7 (search)
he States and the powers of the Central Government. Then, in January, of 1861, Jefferson Davis made his farewell speech in the Senate, withdrew from that body and went to Mississippi to carry his home people into the incubating Confederacy. At the birth of the new nation, he was popularly accepted as its chief. There were—as was inevitable in an infant coalition of the disjecta membra of an old one—cliques cabals and office greed. At Montgomery, other candidates were spoken of. Alexander H. Stephens was often mentioned; Toombs was talked of, and what was known as the South Carolina clique —in which were Louis T. Wigfall, Lawrence M. Keitt, William W. Boyce and others—advocated Howell Cobb, late of the Buchanan Cabinet. But Mr. Davis was unanimously chosen Provisional President and was inaugurated with wild acclaim, at the Capitol, on Feb. 18. 1861. When the permanent Government went into power, he was re-elected without opposition, and was inaugurated at the Washington statu
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.15 (search)
Presidency of the Confederacy offered Stephens and refused. From the times-dispatch, February 17Confederacy: The subject was broached to Mr. Stephens on the way to Montgomery, says Colonel Hami to Georgia for a President. Well, sir, Mr. Stephens replied, we have Mr. Toombs, Mr. Cobb, Govety of the South Carolina delegation favored Mr. Stephens. That settles it, Alec, said Toombs. Yur name to the convention. No, repeated Mr. Stephens. No, I have not been in this movement. I wy position. Alec— Mr. Toombs began; but Mr. Stephens would not let him speak, so he laughed and he Southern States. It is our best policy, Mr. Stephens, and you are the best man for furthering thf elected? was what it all amounted to. Mr. Stephens listened thoughtfully to all he had to say. was jubilant. When I returned to the room Mr. Stephens was smoking. At the time Montgomery was war. We knew what work had to be done, but Mr. Stephens never opened his lips. Never once was the [16 more...]