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April 26th, 1868 AD (search for this): chapter 22
that General Grant's change of attitude was owing to his opinion as to the effect the nomination would have on the impeachment proceedings. To the above letter I sent the following letters in reply: (Confidential.) Richmond, Va., April 26, 1868. dear General: I regret exceedingly that your advice came too late. I have already promised not to decline the nomination in advance of any action of the Senate. Yours very truly, J. M. Schofield, Bvt. Maj.-Gen. General Grant, Washington, D. C. Richmond, Va., April 26, 1868. dear General: I see from the papers that the President has nominated me to the Senate as Secretary of War. You are aware that I do not want that office; yet under existing circumstances, if the Senate should wish me to serve I could not decline. I presume my nomination will not be confirmed, but have no right to act upon such presumption. Yours very truly, J. M. Schofield, Bvt. Maj.-Gen. General Grant, Washington, D. C. I have no means of
April 21st, 1868 AD (search for this): chapter 22
partment, the necessities of which department, real or supposed, constituted the only vital issue involved in the impeachment trial. The following memorandum, made by me at the time, and now published with the consent of Mr. Evarts, explains the circumstances under which I became Secretary of War in 1868, and the connection of that event with the termination of the impeachment trial: memorandum May, 1868. In compliance with a written request from Mr. W. M. Evarts, dated Tuesday, April 21, 1868, 2 P. M., I called upon that gentleman in his room at Willard's Hotel, Washington, a few minutes before three o'clock P. M. of the same day. Mr. Evarts introduced conversation by saying something about the approaching trial of Mr. Jefferson Davis, but quickly said that was not what he wished to see me about. The business upon which he wished to see me was of vastly greater importance, involving the safety of the country and the maintenance of the Constitution. Mr. Evarts then
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