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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 16, 1862.
JOHM nCOH SMITH, Xlttyof. , ( ) f '
1 WIIXUH BHA JUeorcfcr.
JOHJt Clll'HBLET, Jfortaat.
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n Kej,n JfrtI-W. It. Wilkinson, A. C. Tucker,
ind James A. itaete. ; ,-"'
Clerla otae Uerkr John CboBbler,e-eee, first;
Jos. I. By aa, second ; and John Beddtck, third. .
Tot ilwemr Willtam Driver. .. .
Rnmue CelleeUrk. B. Miankland.
Water Tom Celfeclor K. B. Garrett
TrutMtrtrm. Henry. , , , ,
V?Hf Mmeter ThomM Leake. ' ' t
(tuferitUmdrnl ti Werlihente J. Q. Dodd.
SuperintfnieM WW Her Ire James Wyatt.
tW o rir Irfwml-Joh M. Beabury. .
HaUm tf lU Owfr T. H. MeBrtde.
ftreet OifW-i. L. tlwart.
1 Attorney John McPhall Bmlth.
Hoard of AUermrtM . M. Brlob, President ; 1. K.
(Newman, G. A. J. Mayfleld, H.O. Soevel, Wm. 8. Cheat.
jam, J. C. emtio, K. W. Mainome, ui .. i.vu.
ihrnmow Cewscil W.P. Jones, President; William
rKoberts, T. J. Tarbrnugh, Win. Driver, Was. Etewnrt,
Inui.HonEh.W. Mulllns.James Turner,. II. South
Lata. A. J. Col. JaS. Ivs, Andrew I. .
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Knowlee, mil John Oready.
,T0)IIII1 COHKITTinB OF TM CITY COVaOlt,.
riManre Knowles, Hcovel and Ceie.
Wniir Werh Anderson, Smith and Claiborne.
vlayfleld, Ctieatham and Claiborne.
Wharf Newman, Stewart and Turner.
ioVi-Jone, MayUeld and Sloan.
. n. tt, u.nld and Knowles.
I firs IVprfel-4eady, Driver and Newman.
1 :...i)rlver. Cheatham and Uavla.
tTwtery Smith, Stewart and Newman.
Maril ewe Roberta, Stewart and Turner
(Hue Hough, Cuilborne aud Davie.
J'olice Cheatham, Brien and Anderson
tyring Hough, Clalbnrue and Brien.
IIVWio Chetl'ro, MayMd and Knowlee.
1 Imnrovommlt l lUpmdtiure Cole, Scpvel and
V r' a"r- ..
Fuhlio Property Ilrlffn, Utieatnam aeu miner.
' '( UoHft May Held, Join nud Kb?rU.
1 -Tho Hoard ol Aldermen mt-eU tbe Turdyi
noil preceding tho iocond and fourth Tlmradeyi In
Ecli month, and the Common Oiiucil the ewond
uil (')urth Thorednyi In ench mnntlt.
, Captain John BeuRh.
Hrit LitMlenautVlm. Yarbroiifh.
frvond I.ieutemlJoha II. IUTli.
VoUcemm Wm. Jackmni, John Cavcnder, Null Pa-
l, .loot 1hilMp,Win.r5-k.r, John OUrrl!, w illiam
. AjBJU, w-'i.u , .
I i'.i...i uyu w. n. VnmclB.TIiomo Francie, Andrew
Ijoyce, David Yntcfl, and Cliarlea Hulltt.
e)jr Tbe Police lirt la opeu- d every moruin
fihertf Jamet M. Ulutou. Vjmi Tlioniae Uob
on and J. K. Itwhanan.
KryUlrr Tlilneai Garrett.
Trntee-Vt. Janper Taylor.
'oroMfr V II. Belcher.
llanjcr John Corhltl.
I Uetmut Collector J Briley.
' Railroad 1'aa rr W. I). Robertson.
(V)ii(i.Ir Kasheille VUlrict John D. Cower
and J. K. Kewman.
r J ml j Hon. James Wliitworth.
, Cletk P.UndHley Nlchol.
Aa-The Judge's Omrt meets the Orst Monday In
3oacU month, and the Quarterly Court, tcmsoeed of
the Magistrates of theConnty, is held the irst Mou
,,day lu January, April, July and October.
4 CIRCUIT COURT.
itjdti Hn. Nathaniel Baxter.
( Clerk David C. Love.
I r The Conrt meets tbe Qrat Monday la starch
c Judge Hon. William K. Turner.
Clerk Charles B. Dtggons.
0jr Tbe Court meets the Iral Monday Is April Au-
' gust and Deeember.
CHANCERY COURT. '
tVineeCer Hon. Samuel D. Frienvn.
1 tiers i Muli. K. Gkves.
!c if The Court meets the Bret Monday la May and
t 1. 0. 0. T.
Ion y. Ills,0rad Secretary, should be addressed
at Nhutlte, Tenn.
' Temneeeee Uite, Ko. I Meets every Tuesday Eve.
'. .t their Hall, on the corser of Cniea and Sum-
mer streets. The oilioers far the areseat term, ar
O. 8. Lesueur.N 0.; J. E. Mis,T.9.; J. U Weakley,
Stocretary ; L. K. Ppein, Treasurer.
v evJ LU. K: 10-Meet at tb sams ulac
I Monday Bvenlng. The offlecrs are : R.
i.Campbell, N.O. Henry Apble, Y.O. J. L. Tark,
kjocreury i B. T. Brown, Treasurer.
. . Kmile L4a. K. Meots at thelf nail, oa South
Uiorry street, every Friday Evening. The effleer
! n rs ft.Tert.N.0.1 rrank Harroas, Y.Q : James
Wyalt, Heoretary 5 W. U. Malh.ry, Trtasurer.
Anreet Lt. Ke. 106, (Orman)-Meets at ths
..... of Ulo and Summer streeu, every
ru-.la Bvenlng. The ofBcers-sr : Cliarles I
L.i . 1. Frtedma-.Y.O.; Bltterlloh, Secretary
Kuft AW- Ve. 1-V!eta si the above Hall
.u- ... .i iblrd Wednesdays of ww ooth.
, mr. arc: J. t. Mills. C.P.tT. U. MeBrlde, H.P.
& . it.W.i Peter Harris. Jr., J. W.: John F,
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li Hide, Scribe; B. R. Cutter, Treasurer.
Wire Brc eeswpe'. ' the
' above H'l sooond and fourth Wednesday
...w..n.u-h month. The officers are: J. T Bell,
CP i Henry Apple, H.P", L. Moker, S.W
man, J.W.t CharWs KirUier, Sorlbe; J
B. f ried-
Davidsos Cocrrt DiBrcrOKfCWW.
HHriABT GUAETEES A5D OmCEES.
if TTeadquarWrn oa Hlb etreet.. Ct N'gli-y,
eonieaandlrig. I t i (' .; t . . . . ' '.
Dittrirt Headquarter cn Cnrnxarrr etrt (fr.
rord'i reeidence.) W. H. dideil, Ma), loth C. 8. In.
fantry, A. A. A.G. . i.
Proemd MrAI H-aJquart.-ni at tho Capitol.' A.
0. 01llem,Col. lit Tenn. Infantry. . ., .
Ct A-UleM ' (H4rformrfr Ileedquartere on
Cherry itreel No. 10, (Jddge Catron' rMllen(Hv)
Capt. J, D. Ittngham. '. - '
AmlelaHt QH4rtmnerXo Cherry idreet. Cat.
R. Stevenson. '. 1 '
Aeeittmnt Qmartermuuter Vine ilrot, near ' Mra.
Polk'i rneldenre. Capt. H. N. Limb. .
Auietemt (uarlfrmaelerSo. 87, ilarkrt alreet.
Capt. J. M. Hale.
- Chief CemMiaryHeadquaxterl, Ko 10, Yine rt.
Capt. It, Macfeely. .
Commit ry of BftieiMence- Biftad alreet. Capt. 8
Amine Oemmutarf of fiubritlemce Corner of Droad
and Cullere streets. I.lent Charlee Allen.
Miieml IHreHnr Summer street. (Dr. Tord's old
residence.) Burgeon, K. Pwlft.
itedioal Pfertfor'i Oflc Church ilreet, )laonle
Building. J. R Piktis, Surge.. 8th Keut'H-ky In
fantry, Arliiig Hediral I'urveyor.
l ROBP K CTUS
Til a Nitnmi.ia L'.vion was onmmeuced a f-w weeks
since, for the purpoee of nppoeiug the Uebel Houllx rn
Confedcraer, and of advocating the rentoratioa of
Federal authority, without any abatement, over al
the Klale which have attempted 14 seoele. It holils
as friends all who eupjiort, aud as foes all whooppiiee
ma union or me Hiaies. il hxh no watchword nut
KurnraM ana Na-rioiii,iTT.
With rebels snd trailo has no com prom me io
make. It contends lor the Fedtral CoiiM.tunnn and
the Iaws made id pursnance thereof as the SrrkKKK
I,i w or ths Land, auytnlng lu tho UinHlitution and
Ijtwnnrany of tbe Stairs to tho contrary n"twitli.
t oonwiids lor tne inion oi the Mlates, oecaufie
ithout it the prcHervatinu of our liberties and insil-
tultoos and tne organisation or aociety Itvlr are
wholly lmiioaeihln, Therefore, whatever stan-'e in
'Jie way ol crurnlng out tne reheilion aud reetur aK
e I 0 Ion raiiU perinii, no niailor by what i.aine it I"-'
To the iMiople of Tonm-nee ever renowned for their
devotion to I.ibertv and Union, until they vrero lie-
trayed to the rebel lei)otifin nt Klchmond by a per-
diona Covernor and corrupt LegiiiUture, and who
have felt ao heavily the awiul cum of treason and
annrchr, we appoul for euprrt. It the n:un' S of
rebel omce-holders, Vigilance lminilieen,anfl Miuutn
Mim. whu buvo Idled our borders with uiourninK. be
libbetlcd before tne world. I ft Ihoee amhitioun aud
avaricious men woo nave pmtie'i onr ruin mr iunr
own aggrandiseine.nt be fustenied t) the pillory of
ahamo. no matter how Inch llmr "iticn m sncioty.
Irt it bo enown now the n-lfljif.l uelenuer in
'Son'hern K. flits'' sre now leading inurnudinp banOa
of free lK"ler add mif j-lrxji"rs over mif Sl te, kid.
napping ncroee, Btualins liorfew and cuttle, nroHiii
Into hnueoa, burniiiff railroad brldre and ears, and
murdering unarmed citizens in col.t blood. lt the
truth, fo Inns deluded bv tlio .-ouliieru conspirators.
now cinuilato Ireely throujin every neienuornno'i,
aud our raueo will assuredly triumph. Will not loyal
men overvwbore aid us la tho dis. mlnatiou or lacta
and tbe advocacy of Free Government?
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Tbe current transactions la Tennessee l-t months to
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SUNDAY MORNINO. NOV, Ifi, 181.2.
and tlie Be-
Wh'j he tlil not che:1 the 7.WiVm at thn
skirt what h say of (jnieral S:oU'
To thk Editors or tub National Ix-
On Wednesday last I received the Na
tional Intelligencer containing; (Jeneral
.Scott's address to the public. This is
throughout an undisguised consure of my
conduct during the last months of tho
Administration in regard to the seven
Cotton Slates now in rebellion. From
our past relations I was greatly surprised
at the appearance of such a paper. Jn
one aspect, however, it was highly grati
fying, it has j untitled mo, nay, it hit's
rendered it absolutely necessary, that 1
should no longer remain silent in respect
to charges winch have been long vaguely
circulating, but are now indorsed by the
responsible name of General Scott.
1. The lirst and most prominent among
these charges is my refusal immediately
to garrison nine enumerated fortification,
scattered over six of the Southern States,
according to tho recommendation of wen
Scott, in his "views" addressed to the
War Department on tho 20th and 30th
October, 1860. And it has even been
alleged that if this had been done it might
havo prevented the civil war.
llna refusal is attributed, without the
least cause, to the iofluonco of Governor
Floyd. All my Cabinet must bear me
witness that I was the President myself,
responsible lur all l Do acts ot tlio AU
ministration; and certain it is that dur
ing tlio last six months previous Jo the
2'Jth December, lHi'.O, the day on which
he resigned his ofhee, after my request,
he exercised less influence on tho Ad
ministration than any other member of
the Cabinet. Mr. Iiolt was immediately
thereafter transferred from tlio Post
Ollice DepJirtnientto that of War ; so that,
from thin- timo until tho 4th March, lSGl,
which was by far the most important pe
riod of the Administration, he performed
tho duties of Secretary of War to my
Hut why did 1 not immediately garri
son tliese nine formications, in sucli a
manner, to uee the language of General
Scott, "as to make any attempt to take
one of them by surprise or coup-de-main
ridiculous. Ihereisone answer both
easy and conclusive, even if other valid
reasons did not exist. I here were no
available troops within reach which could
be sent to these forti Ileal ions. To have
attempted a military operation on a scale
so extensive by any means within the
Fret ident s power would have been simp
ly absurd. Of this Gen. Scott himself
seems to have been convinced, for on the
day after the date of his first "views'' he
addressed (on the 30th October) supple
mental views to the War Department, in
hich he states: "There is one (regular)
company in Boston, one here (at the Nar
rows), ono at Fittsburg, one at Augusta,
Ga., one at I'alon liouge," in all five com
panies only within reach to garriou or
reinforce tho forts mentioned in the
Five compauies four hundred men
to occupy and reinforce nine fortilica
lions in six highly excited Southern
States ! The force " within reach" was
so entirely inadequate that nothing more
need be said on the subject. To have
attempted such a military operation with
so feeble a force, and the Presidential
election, impending, would have been an
invitation to collision and secession
Indeed, if tho whole American army,
consisting then of only sixteen thousand
men, had been " within reach, they
would have been scarcely suQicient for
this Mtrixme. Such wait our want of
troops that, althougu Ueneral hcott, be
lieving, in opposition to the opinion of
tho committee raised in tho House 01
Kepresentatives, that the inauguration of
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Jir. JjIUCOIU luigut uu luicrnijuru ujr
military fyrce, was only able to assemble
at Washington, so late as tne din 01
March, six hundred and fifty-three men,
rank and file, of the army. And, to make
up this number, even the sappers and
miners were brought from West Point.
Dut why was there no greater force
within reach? This question could be
better answered by General Scott him
golf hn any other person. Our small
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recuiar artnv, witu tne exuriiuon 01 s
few hundred men, wero out of reach, on
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our remote frontiers, where it had been
continuously stationed for years, to pro-
conunuousij bii iijiK'u ir jtri in-
tect the inhabitants aud the emigrants
on their way thither against the attacks
nf hostile Indians. All were insufficient.
and both General Scott and myself had
endeavored in vain to prevail upon Con
gress to raise several additional regi
ments for this purpose. In recommend
ing this augmentation of the army, the
General states in hi report to the War
Department of JSovember, 18.7, (bat "il ,
wouia not more mm iurnian tne rem-
A A 1 Til .!
lorrements now preaiij neeueti in rion- i
da, 1 exas, New Mexico, tahrornu, Ore-1
gon, Washington Territory, Kansas, Ne
braska, Minnesota, leaving not a compa
ny for Utah." And again, Jn his report
of November, 185ft, he says :
I his want of troops to give reasona
ble security to our cilizeus in . distant
settlements, including emigrants on the
plains, can scarcely be too strongly sta
ted ; but I will only add, that as often
as we have been obliged to withdraw
troops from one frontier in order to rein
force another, the weakened points have
been instantly attacked or threatened
with formidable invasion."
These "views" of Gen. Scott exhibit
the crude notions then prevailing even
among intelligent and patriotic men on
this subject of secession. In the lirst
sentence the General, while stating that
fft Blfn llm litnn 4)ia flfvlit et bAnnBainn
may be conceded," yet immediately says
"this is instantly balanced by tho cor
relative tight on the part of the Federal
Government against an interior State or
States to re-establish by force, if neces
sary, its former continuity of territory."
(For this he cites "Paley's Moral and
Political Philosophy, last chapter." It
may be there, but I have been unable to
find it.) While it is difllcult to ascertain
his precise meaning in this passage, he
renders what be did not mean quite clear
in his supplementary "views." In these
he says: "It will be seen that the 'views'
onlv apply to a rase of secession that
makes a (ftp in the present Union. The
falling oil", say of Texas, or of all the At
lantic States, from the Potomac South
(the very case which has occurred), was
not within the scope of Gen. S.'s "provi
sional remedies;" that is to say, to es
tablish by force, if necessary, the contin
uity of our territory. .
In his "views "' he also states as fol
lows : "Cut break this glorious Union
by whatever line or lines that political
madness may contrive, and there would
be no hope of recruiting the fragments
except by the laceration and despotism
of the sword. To effect such result the
intestine wars of our Mexican neighbors
would in comparison to ours, sink into
mere child's play." In the General's
opinion, "a smaller evil (than these in
testine wars) would be to allow frag
ments ot the great l.epublic to form them
selves into new Confederacies, probably
four." lie thru points out what ought
to be tho boundaries between the new
Unions; and at the end of each goes so
far as even to indicate tho cities which
ought, to be the capitals of the three lirst
on this side of the Kocky Mountains, to-
wit : "Columbia, South Carolina: "Al
ton or Quincy, lllnois;" and "Albany,
New Ork ; excluding V ashington City
altogether. This indication of capitals,
contained in the original now in my pos
session, is curiously omitted in the ver
sion published in the Aatumal lnmU
fritm. lie designates no capital tor 1 tie
fourth Union on the Pacific Tho reader
will judge what encouragement these
views, proceeding from so distinguished a
source, must nave alioraeu to the neces
sionists of the Cotton States.
I trust I have said enough, and more
than enough, to convince every mind why
I did not, with a force of live companies
attempt to reinforce forts Jackson am
St. Philip, on the Mississippi ; Fort Mor
gan, below Mobile; Forts Pickens and
McCrea, in Pensacola Harbor; Fort Pa
laski, below Savannah; Forts Moultrie
and Sumter, Charleston Harbor ; and
Fort Monroe, in Virginia.
Theso "views" both original and sup
plementary, were published by General
Scott in the .National Intelligencer
January 18, 1861, at the most importan
aud critical period of tho Atlministra
tion. Their publication, at that time,
could do no possible good, and might do
To have published them, without the
Frosidunts knowledge and consent, wa
as much a violation of the sacred confl
dence which ought to prevail between
the Commanding General of the army
and the Commander-in-Chief, as it would
have been for tho Secretary of War to
publish the same documents without his
authority. What is of more importance,
(heir publication was calculated inju
riously to afreet the compromise measures
then pending before Congress and the
country, and to encourage the secession
ists in their mad and w icked attempt to
shatter the Union into fragments. From
the great respect which I then entertain
ed for tho General, I passed it over in si
lence. .It is worthy of remark that soon after
the Presidential election representations
of what these "views" contained, of more
or less correctness, were unfortunately
circulated, especially through the South.
The Editors of the National Intelligen
cer, in assigning a reason for their pub
lication, state that both in public prints
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snd in public speeches allusions bad been
made to them, and some misapprehen-
! sior.s of their character hail got abroad.
11 ana 111. ueucrai aeon states mat ne
rrived in Washington on the 12th, aud,
accnmpauied by the Secretary of War,
held u conversation witlt I he President u
the l'itlt of December. Whilst I have no
recollection whatever of this conversa
tion, he doubtless stales correctly that I
did refuse to tend three hundred men to
reiutorce Major Anderson at Fort Moul-
trie, who had not then removed to Fort
wumter. Tuo reason lor this refusal i I on
4 a.. a,.. I.
ntaniiett io an wno recollect f lie history I
or the tinie. But twelve days before, in
the annual message of the 3d December.
I had urged upon Congress the adoption
of amendments to the Constitution of the
same character with those subsequently
proposed by Mr1. Crittenden, called the
"Crittenden Compromise.' At that time
high hopes were entertained throughout
the country that these would be adopted.
Besides,' I believed, and this correctly,
as tho event proved, that Major Ander
son was then in no danger of attack. In
deed he and his command were then treat
ed with marked kindness by the author
ities and people of Charleston. Under
these circumstances, to have sent such a
force there Would have been only to im
pair the hope of compromise, to provoke
ollmion, and disappoint the country.
I here are some details of the conver
sation in regard to which the General's
memory must be defective. At present
shall specify only oho. I could not
av staled that on a future contingent
occasion 1 would telegraph " Maior An
erson of Fort Moultrie to hold tho Forts
(Moultrie and Sumter) against attack ;"
because, with prudent precaution, this
ad alrrady been done several days be
fore, through a special messenger sent to
Major Anderson for this very purpose. I
refer to Major I'ucll, of the Army.
Ihe General s supplementary note of
the same day, presenting to me General
Jackson's conduct in 1833, during the
period of nullification, as an example,
requires uo special notice. Even if the
cases were not entirely different, I had
previously determined upon a jrolicy of
my own, as will appear irotu my annual
message. This was, at every hazard, to
collect the customs at Charleston, and
outside of the port, if need be, in a ves
1 of war. Mr. Colcock, the existing
ollettor, as I had anticipated, resigned
his office about the end of December, and
mmeaiatcly thereafter I nominated to
the Senate as his successor a suitable
person prepared at any personal risk to
do ins duty. That body, however,
throughout its entire session, declined to
act on this nomination. Thus, without a
collector, it was rendered impossible to
Ollett the revenue.
IV. General Scott's statement alleges
that " the Brooklyn, with Capt. Vodires's
company alone, left the Chesapeake tor r't
iicKens aootu .January Jjd, and on the
29th President Buchanan, having entered
nto a quan armistice with certain leading
seceders at Pensarola and elsewhero,
caused Secretaries Holt and Toticev to
instruct in a joint note the commander
of the war vessel oil Pensacola, nnd Lt.
Slemmer, commanding. Fort Pickens, to
commit no act of hostility, and not to
land Capt. Vodges's company unless the
t orts should be attacked." He after
wards states, within brackets, " That
joint note I never saw, but suppose the
armistice was consequent upon the meet
ing of the Peace Convention at Washing
ton, and was understood to terminate
These statements betray a singular
want of memory on tho part of Gen
Scott. It is scarcely credible that this
very joint note, presented in such odious
colors, was submitted to Gen. Scot ton
the day it was prepared (29th January,)
and met his entire Approbation. I would
not venture to make this assertion if I
did not possess conclusive evidence to
prove it. On that day Secretary Holt
addressed me a note, from which the fol
lowing is an extract : "I have the sat
isfaction of Baying, that on submitting
the paper to Gen. Scott he expressed
himself satisfied with it, saying that
there could be no objection to the ar
rangeinent iu a military point of view or
therwise." This requires no comment,
That the (Jeneral had every reason to be
satisfied with the arrangement will np
pear from the following statement
A revolutionary outbreak had occurred
in Florida; the troops of the United
States had been expelled from Pensacola
and the adjacent navy-yard ; and Lieut.
Slemmer, of the artillery, with his brave
little command, had been forced to take
refuge in Fort Pickens, where he was in
imminent danger every moment of leing
captured by a vastly superior force.
Owing to the interruption of regular com
mutiications Secretary Holt did not re
ceive information of these events until
several days after their occurrence, and
then through ft letter addressed to athird
person, lie instantly informod the Pres
ident of the fact, and reinforcements,pro
visions, and military stores were des
patched by the Brooklyn to Fort Pickens
without a moment a unnecessary delay
She left Fortress Monroe on the 24th of
1 1. 1 1 foimlai-l aana. liatiaKirti ct' a ss
however, entertained at the time of her
departure that the reinforcements, with
the vessels of war at no great distance
from Fort Pickens, could not arrive in
time to defend it against the ints ndiog
attack. In this stato of suspense, and
whilst Lieutenant Slemmer was in ex
treme peril, Senators Slidell, Hunter, and
Bigler received a telegraphic despatch
from Senator Mallory, of Florida, dated
at Pensacola, on the 28th January, with
the urcent reoueit that they should lay
it before the President. This despatch
expressed an earnest desire to maintain
tl. jwae, as wtll as the most positive
assoranco that no alfack would l raado
Fort rickens if the present status
shonld be preserved.
This proposal was carefully considered.
both with a viow to the safety of the fort
and to the unhappy effect which an actual .
collision either at that or any other point
might produce on the Peace Convention .
then about to assemble at Washington.
The result was that a joint despatch wif
carefully prepared by the Secret arie of
ar and P avy, accepting the proposal,
with important modifications, which was
transmuted by telegraph on the 2'J th Jan
uary to Lt. Slemmer and to naval com
manders near the station. It is too lonr
for transcription; audlce it to say it was
carefully guarded at every point for tha
security of tho fort and its free communi
cation with Washington.
The result was highly fortunate. Tha
Brooklyn had a long passage. Although
he let t lortress Monroe on the 21th of
January, she did not arrive at Pensacola,
until the Cth of February. In the mean
time Fort Pickens, with Lieut. Slemmer
(whose conduct deserves high commen
dation) and his brave little band, were
placed by virtue of this arrangement in
Serfect security until an adequate force
ad arrived to defend it against any at
tack. The fort is still in our posses
sion. Well might Gen. Scott have ex
pressed his satisfaction with this ar
rangement. Tho General was correct in
the supposition that this arrangement
was to expire on the termination of the
Peace Convention. .
V. But we now come to an important pe-.
riod, when duties will be essentially ne
cessary to disentangle the statement ot
General Scott. The South Carolina Com
missioners were appointed dates on tha
22d, and arrived in Washington on the .
27th of December. The day after arrival
it was announced that Major Anderson
had removed from Fort Moultrie to Fort
Sumter. This made them furious. On
the same day they addressed an angry
letter to tho President, demanding the
surrender of Fort Sumter. The Presi
dent answered this letter on the 30lh De
cember by a peremptory refusal. This :
brought forth a reply from tho Comtnis-
loners on the 2d of .January, 1861, of
such an insulting character that the Pres
ident instantly returned it to them
with the following indorsement: "Thi 1
paper, just presented to the President, is
of such a character that he declines to
receive it." From that time forward all
friendly, political, and personal inter
course finally ceased between Ihe revolu
tionary Senators aud tho President, and
be was severely attacked by thonr in the
Senate, and especially by Mr. Jefferson
Davis- Indeed, their intercourse had
previously been of (he coldest character.
ever since the President's anti-secession
message at the commencement of the
session of Congress.
Under these changed circumstances.
Gen. Scott, by note on Sunday, the 0th
December addressed the following in
quiry to ths President:
" Will the President permit Gen. Scott,
without reference to the War Department,
and otherwise as secret! y as possible, to
send two hundred and lifty recruits from
.New lork harbor Io reinforce iort Sum
ter, together with some extra muskets or
rifles, ammunition, and subsistence? It
is hoped that a sloop-of war and cutter
may be ordered for tho same purpose to
morrow.' ".,.,, ,
The General seems not to havo then
known that Mr. Floyd was out of olllcei.
Never did a request meet a more)
prompt compliance. It was received oa
Sunday evening, December 20. On Mon
day morning I gavo instructions to the
War and Navy Departments, and ou
Monday evening General Scott came to
congratulate tne that the Secretaries had
issued the necessary orders to the army
and navy officers, and that they were in
his possession. The Brooklyn, with
troops, military stores, and provisions,
was to sail forthwith from Fortress Mon
roe for Fort Sumter. I am therefore ut
terly at a loss to imagine why the Gen
eral, in his statement, should have assert
ed that "the South Carolina Commission
ers had already been many days in
Washington and no movement of defence) -(on
the part of the United States) was
permitted." Theso Commissioners ar
rived in Washington on the 27th Decem
ber; General Scott's request was made te
the President on the 30ih. It was com
plied with on the 31st and a single day
is all that represents the "mauy days" of
Again, General Scott asserts, in the
face of these facts, that the President re
fused to allow any attempt to be made
to reinforce Fort Sumter because be
was holding negotiations with the South
Carolina Commissioners. And still again,
that " afterwards Secretsry Holt and my
self endeavor in vain, to obtain a ship-of
war for tho purposo, and were finally
obliged toVmploy Ihe passenger steamer
"Star of the West.' " Will it bo believ
ed that the substitution of the " Star of
the West" for the powerful war steamer
"Brooklyn," of which he now complains,
was by the advice of General Scott him
self." I have never heard this doubted
until I read the statement.
At the interview already referred t
between the General and myself, on the
evening of Monday, the 31st December,
I suggested to hint that, although I haul
(CONTIXtr.D Off FOlHTIl I'A'JK.)