ese circumstances I find him permitted to sit for hours and days in the department with no one to inform him of the condition of the business or to facilitate him in the performance of his official duties.
Not for any partiality in his behalf, or prejudice against the Secretary, I step forward and endeavor to discharge my own duty.
I strive to serve the cause, whatsoever may be the consequences to my personal interests.
To-day, receiving dispatches from General Floyd, in Western Virginia, that ten thousand Yankees were advancing through Fayette County, and might intercept railroad communication between Richmond and Chattanooga — the Secretary got me to send a telegraphic dispatch to his family to repair hither without delay, for military reasons.
About this time the Secretary's health gave way again, and Major Tyler had another fit of indisposition totally disqualifying him for business.
Hence I have nearly all the correspondence of the department on my hands, since C