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Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 61
erward My six months proper, at the White House, terminated, as will be seen, the last week in July, 1864. February and a part of March following I passed in Washington, and was privileged with a renewal of my previous intercourse with Mr. Lincoln. I asked the President if it was true, as reported by the New York Herald, that was, however, perfectly frank, and submitted his views almost in the form of an argument. Davis had on this occasion, as on that of Mr. Stephens's visit to Washington, made it a condition that no conference should be had unless his rank as commander or President should first be recognized. Mr. Lincoln declared that the only as that of the United States. To which Mr. Lincoln retorted that he, also, had felt easy as to the Rebels, but not always so easy about the lamp-posts around Washington City,--a hint that he had already done more favors for the Rebels than was exactly popular with the radical men of his own party. Mr. Lincoln's manner had now
Tunstall (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 61
Lx. The famous peace conference, on board the River Queen, in Hampton Roads, between President Lincoln and Secretary Seward, and the Rebel commissioners Stephens, Hunter, and Campbell, took place the 3d of February, 1865. A few days afterward My six months proper, at the White House, terminated, as will be seen, the last week in July, 1864. February and a part of March following I passed in Washington, and was privileged with a renewal of my previous intercourse with Mr. Lincoln. I asked the President if it was true, as reported by the New York Herald, that he told a little story on that occasion?--Why, said he, has it leaked out? I was in hopes nothing would be said about that, lest some oversensitive people should imagine there was a degree of levity in the intercourse between us. He then went on to relate the circumstances which called it out. You see, said he, we had reached and were discussing the slavery question. Mr. Hunter said, substantially, that the slaves, al
Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 61
ived under the slave system. I can only say, in reply to your statement of the case, that it reminds me of a man out in Illinois, by the name of Case, who undertook, a few years ago, to raise a very large herd of hogs. It was a great trouble to feeell, well, said he, Mr. Case, this is all very fine. Your hogs are doing very well just now, but you know out here in Illinois the frost comes early, and the ground freezes a foot deep. Then what are they going to do? This was a view of the matsually made to Colonel Hardin, who was killed in the Mexican War,--who at one time was a representative in Congress from Illinois; and this drew out a story from Stephens. On a certain occasion, he said, when the House was in session, a disput as to the proper pronunciation of the name of their State. Some insisted it was Illinoy, others as stoutly that it was Illinois. Hardin at length appealed to the venerable John Quincy Adams. If one were to judge from the character of the represe
Augusta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 61
n, a dispute arose between Hardin and others of the Illinois delegation as to the proper pronunciation of the name of their State. Some insisted it was Illinoy, others as stoutly that it was Illinois. Hardin at length appealed to the venerable John Quincy Adams. If one were to judge from the character of the representatives in this Congress from that State, said the old man, with a malicious smile, I should decide unhesitatingly that the proper pronunciation was All noise! In the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, of the 17th of June, 1865, there appeared a report of this conference, purporting to have been written out from the lips of Mr. Stephens, so characteristic of Mr. Lincoln, that I subjoin the following extracts:-- The three Southern gentlemen met Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Seward, and after some preliminary remarks, the subject of peace was opened. Mr. Stephens, well aware that one who asks much may get more than he who confesses to humble wishes at the outset, urged the claims
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 61
Lx. The famous peace conference, on board the River Queen, in Hampton Roads, between President Lincoln and Secretary Seward, and the Rebel commissioners Stephens, Hunter, and Campbell, took place the 3d of February, 1865. A few days afterward My six months proper, at the White House, terminated, as will be seen, the last week in July, 1864. February and a part of March following I passed in Washington, and was privileged with a renewal of my previous intercourse with Mr. Lincoln. I asked the President if it was true, as reported by the New York Herald, that he told a little story on that occasion?--Why, said he, has it leaked out? I was in hopes nothing would be said about that, lest some oversensitive people should imagine there was a degree of levity in the intercourse between us. He then went on to relate the circumstances which called it out. You see, said he, we had reached and were discussing the slavery question. Mr. Hunter said, substantially, that the slaves, al
ed. Mr. Lincoln declared that the only ground on which he could rest the justice of the war — either with his own people or with foreign powers — was that it was not a war for conquest, for that the States had never been separated from the Union. Consequently, he could not recognize another government inside of the one of which he alone was President, nor admit the separate independence of States that were yet a part of the Union. That, said he, would be doing what you have so long asked Europe to do in vain, and be resigning the only thing the armies of the Union are fighting for. Mr. Hunter made a long reply to this, insisting that the recognition of Davis's power to make a treaty was the first and indispensable step to peace, and referred to the correspondence between King Charles I. and his Parliament, as a trustworthy precedent of a constitutional ruler treating with rebels. Mr. Lincoln's face then wore that indescribable expression which generally preceded his hardest
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 61
he matter is, that Charles lost his head. That settled Mr. Hunter for a while. During the interview it appears that Hunter declared that he had never entertained any fears for his person or life from so mild a government as that of the United States. To which Mr. Lincoln retorted that he, also, had felt easy as to the Rebels, but not always so easy about the lamp-posts around Washington City,--a hint that he had already done more favors for the Rebels than was exactly popular with the terminated or ruined. During the conference, the amendment to the Federal Constitution, which has just been adopted by Congress, was read, providing that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except for crime, should exist within the United States, or any place within its jurisdiction, and Congress should have power to enforce the amendment by appropriate legislation. The report says, Mr. Seward then remarked: Mr. President, it is as well to inform these gentlemen that yesterday Congr
ull swing, thus saving not only the labor of feeding the hogs, but also that of digging the potatoes. Charmed with his sagacity, he stood one day leaning against the fence, counting his hogs, when a neighbor came along. Well, well, said he, Mr. Case, this is all very fine. Your hogs are doing very well just now, but you know out here in Illinois the frost comes early, and the ground freezes a foot deep. Then what are they going to do? This was a view of the matter Mr. Case had not takenMr. Case had not taken into account. Butchering-time for hogs was way on in December or January. He scratched his head, and at length stammered, Well, it may come pretty hard on their snouts, but I don't see but that it will be root, hog, or die! Shortly afterward, he continued, a reference was casually made to Colonel Hardin, who was killed in the Mexican War,--who at one time was a representative in Congress from Illinois; and this drew out a story from Stephens. On a certain occasion, he said, when
Alexander Stephens (search for this): chapter 61
tween President Lincoln and Secretary Seward, and the Rebel commissioners Stephens, Hunter, and Campbell, took place the 3d of February, 1865.entative in Congress from Illinois; and this drew out a story from Stephens. On a certain occasion, he said, when the House was in sessconference, purporting to have been written out from the lips of Mr. Stephens, so characteristic of Mr. Lincoln, that I subjoin the following fter some preliminary remarks, the subject of peace was opened. Mr. Stephens, well aware that one who asks much may get more than he who confrm of an argument. Davis had on this occasion, as on that of Mr. Stephens's visit to Washington, made it a condition that no conference shere I to give you the names of those who favor that. ...... Mr. Stephens came home with a new cause of sorrow, and those who said he talky those of his enemies who talk about taxation and the debt. Mr. Stephens has frequently expressed no apprehensions should the fortunes of
December or January. He scratched his head, and at length stammered, Well, it may come pretty hard on their snouts, but I don't see but that it will be root, hog, or die! Shortly afterward, he continued, a reference was casually made to Colonel Hardin, who was killed in the Mexican War,--who at one time was a representative in Congress from Illinois; and this drew out a story from Stephens. On a certain occasion, he said, when the House was in session, a dispute arose between HardinHardin and others of the Illinois delegation as to the proper pronunciation of the name of their State. Some insisted it was Illinoy, others as stoutly that it was Illinois. Hardin at length appealed to the venerable John Quincy Adams. If one were to judge from the character of the representatives in this Congress from that State, said the old man, with a malicious smile, I should decide unhesitatingly that the proper pronunciation was All noise! In the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, of the 17th of
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