FROM THE TRIBUNE TO THE WAR DEPARTMENT.
First meeting with Mr. Lincoln -- Early correspondence with Mr. Stan-
ton -- A command obtained for General Frémont -- The new energy
in the military operations -- Mr. Stanton disclaims the credit --
The War Secretary's opinion of McClellan -- Mr. Dana called into
Government service -- The Cairo investigation and its results -- First
acquaintance with General Grant.
I HAD been associated with Horace Greeley on the New York Tribune for about fifteen years when, one morning early in April, 1862, Mr. Sinclair, the advertising manager of the paper, came to me, saying that Mr. Greeley would be glad to have me resign. I asked one of my associates to find from Mr. Greeley if that was really his wish. In a few hours he came to me saying that I had better go. I stayed the day out in order to make up the paper and give them an opportunity to find a successor, but I never went into the office after that. I think I then owned a fifth of the paper -- twenty shares; this stock my colleagues bought.
Mr. Greeley never gave a reason for dismissing me, nor did I ever ask for one. I know, though, that the