Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We understand that . . .

. . . a commission of gentlemen – among the Judge Pierpont, of New York and Major General Dix – had an interview on Saturday last, at the Provost Marshal’s quarters with Mrs. Greenhow and Mrs. Morris, (alias Mason,) – who our readers are perhaps aware, have been for some months past kept in durance in this city, on charges of treasonable conduct – to ascertain whether those ladies would come under such pledges of loyalty and such renunciation of devotion to the insurgent cause as to authorize the Government to set them at liberty.  But the examination, we learn, resulted in nothing satisfactory.  The ladies would confess nothing, promise nothing, give their parole for nothing, renounce nothing; and they were reconveyed to their quarters at the Old Capitol.  Thus the examination ended in furnishing at least one instance of the truth of the ungallant old sarcasm on female willfulness:

“If she will she will, you may depend on’t;
If she wont she wont, and there’s an end on’t.”-
            –{National Intelligencer.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 2

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