|NaN.||Joseph Pannel Taylor, Montgomery C. Meigs, and Col. Benjamin Franklin Larned ( 1794- 1862), paymaster general of the U.S. army, 1854-62. Appletons', 3:619.|
|NaN.||The estimates had appeared in the annual report of the secretary of war, July 1, 1861. Congressional Globe, 37th Cong., 1st sess., 1861, appen., 10-12.|
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 18:0225).
Washn., Nov. 21, 1861.
My dear Hamilton.1
I thank you for yr. letter & if I had time wd open my heart fully to you.2 But I am pressed almost to death by cares & labors.
Most of what you say abt. Fremont is exactly what I think myself. I opposed alone in the Cabinet his appt. as Maj-Genl., not because I doubted his efficiency or ability but because I feared he wd. be surrounded by unworthy men who wd. plunder the public. After his appt. I desired his success exceedingly and gave him all the support possible. When charges were made from Mo. affecting his competency to command as well as the genl. character of his Admn. & those chges. were so supported as to demand investigation, I concurred in sending Messrs Blair & Meigs to St. Louis to ascertain the genl. facts. On their Rept. wh. was unfavorable to Frémont, I tho't he shd. be immy. recalled & that a fair investigation shd. be had, by the results of wh. he shd stand or fall. In this I was overruled; but he was subsequently recalled at a time & under circumstances wh. cd. not fail to draw upon the act vast censure. The Rept. of Genl Thomas ought never to have seen the light.3 It was at best only evidence in a Grand Jury Room. I am confident the Prest. never authorized or consented to