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James Buchanan, Buchanan's administration on the eve of the rebellion, Message of the President of the United States, of the 8th of January, 1861. (search)
frained even from sending reenforcements to Major Anderson, who commanded the forts in Charleston harbor, until an absolute necessity for doing so should make itself apparent, lest it might unjustly be regarded as a menace of military coercion, and thus furnish, if not a provocation, a pretext for an outbreak on the part of South Carolina. No necessity for these reenforcements seemed to exist. I was assured by distinguished and upright gentlemen of South Carolina Messrs McQueen, Mines, Bonham, Boyce, and Keitt, members of the House of representatives from South Carolina, on the 8th of December, 1860. that no attack upon Major Anderson was intended, but that, on the contrary, it was the desire of the State authorities, as much as it was my own, to avoid the fatal consequences which must eventually follow a military collision. And here I deem it proper to submit, for your information, copies of a communication, dated December 28, 1860, addressed to me by R. W. Barnwell, J. H. Ad