Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXXV.
CHIVALRY, AT HOME AND ABROAD.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS--THE OSTEND MANIFESTO--MR. BUCHANAN
AT LONDON--THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA DEBATE--SPICY WORDS BE-
TWEEN BRECKINRIDGE AND CUTTING--DIPLOMATIC CARD-PLAYING--
ASSISTANT SECRETARY THOMAS--THE AMOSKEAG VETERANS.

PRESIDENT PIERCE, seconded by Secretary Marcy, made his foreign appointments with great care. Mr. Buchanan was sent as Minister to the Court of St. James, a position for which he was well qualified, and John Y. Mason, of Virginia, was accredited to France. The support given to the Democratic party by the adopted citizens of the Republic was acknowledged by the appointment of Mr. Soulé, a Frenchman, who had been expelled from his native land as a revolutionist, as Minister to Spain; Robert Dale Owen, an Englishman, noted for his agrarian opinions, as Minister to Naples, and Auguste Belmont, Austrian born, Minister to the Netherlands.

The civil appointments, of every official grade, large in their number and extended in their influence upon various localities and interests, were made with distinguished ability and sagacity, and were received with general and widespread satisfaction. The President's thorough knowledge of men, his intimate acquaintance with the relations of sections heretofore temporarily separated from the great mass of the Democracy, and his quick perception of the ability and character essen-

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