JOHNSON QUIETLY AWAITS HIS FATE
JOHNSON was bearing his ordeal in silence. Lincoln's plan was gone, the support of the Supreme Court was gone, all of Lincoln's hopes for binding up the nation's wounds and for a speedy reconciliation,--all these were gone! Now in a few days would Lincoln's follower be humbled in the dust? Humbled because he had followed Lincoln! Over the name of the seventeenth President was there presently to be written: "Convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors and removed from office?" After all the gallant years in Tennessee, after all the dauntless days in the Senate of the United States, after all his iron espousal of the cause of justice, was his reward to be conviction and removal?
What must have been Johnson's thoughts as he observed the High Court of Impeachment at its work! The long and sorry farce with its struggling actors clad in the ill-fitting simulacra of judicial fairness! If bitterness and anger seethed within his mind, it was not revealed. His family in the White House saw him go about his daily tasks, as the trial dragged on, serene and apparently oblivious to the infamy that was enacting.1
Seldom has the White House been so alive with children as in Johnson's time. He had with him there in addition to his grown son, Col. Robert Johnson, a younger son, Andrew Johnson, Jr., then thirteen, his daughter, Mrs. Daniel Stover, with her two daughters, Sarah and Lillie, and her son, Andrew Johnson Stover. Mrs. Patterson, the President's other daughter, the accomplished mistress of the White House, had with her two children, Mary Belle and Andrew Johnson Patterson.2 Through all the storms that raged about him, Johnson had the heating solace that flows from children's laughter.3 He loved children;