Seward at Washington as Senator and Secretary of State; A Memoir of His Life, with Selections from His Letters, 1861-1872

Seward at Washington as Senator and Secretary of State; A Memoir of His Life, with Selections from His Letters, 1861-1872

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...of April, 1S61. Four years of battles had followed. Now the return of that anniversary was accompanied with the advent of peace. It was deemed a proper day to again raise the Union flag on the fort, with appropriate ceremonies. This year it happened that the 14th was also Good Friday. Early that morning a messenger from the White House brought a note from Mr. Lincoln to the Acting Secretary of State--"Please call a Cabinet meeting at eleven o'clock to-day. General Grant will be with us." When the hour came Secretaries McCulloch and Welles, AttorneyGeneral Speed and Postmaster-General Dennison arrived, and the 274 LINCOLN'S LAST CABINET MEETING. 1865. State Department was represented by its Assistant Secretary. Mr. Lincoln, with an expression of visible relief and content upon his face, sat in his study chair by the south window, chatting with them over "the great news." Some curiosity was expressed as to what had become of the heads of the rebel Government--whether they would escape from the country, or would remain to be captured and tried. And if tried, what penalty would be visited upon them? All the gentlemen present thought, that for the sake of general amity and good-will, it was desirable to have as few judicial proceedings as possible. Yet would it be wise to let the leaders in treason go entirely unpunished? Mr. Speed remarked that it would be a difficult problem, if it should occur. "I suppose, Mr. President," said Governor Dennison, "you would not be sorry to have them escape out of the country?" "Well," said Mr. Lincoln slowly, "I should not be sorry to have them out of the country; but I should be for following them up pretty close to make sure of their going." The...show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513991
  • 9781236513991