eral Totten expressed both surprise and pain, and used every endeavor to dissuade him—we need not add, without success.
Major Beauregard then went to the headquarters of General Scott, to inform him also of his intended resignation; but failed to find the general, as he was temporarily absent from Washington.
Major Beauregard had been authorized by General Totten, so anxious was the latter to retain him in the service, to defer assuming command at West Point until after the close of the January examinations; and, in the meantime, having nothing to detain him in Washington, he left for New York, to await further developments.
In New York he met several army friends, among others, Captain G. W. Smith, ex-officer of Engineers, then acting as Street Commissioner of the great northern metropolis, and Captain Mansfield Lovell.
The absorbing topic of the day was necessarily brought forward and earnestly discussed.
Major Beauregard informed them of his intention to follow his State s