Here is a cheeky letter just received.
MY DEAR SIR:
Gen'l Wool has resigned. Gen'l Frémont must. Gen'l Scott has retired.
I have an ambition, and I trust a laudable one, to be Major-General of the United States Army.
Has anybody done more to deserve it? No one will do more. May I rely upon you, as you may have confidence in me, to take this matter into consideration?
I will not disgrace the position. I may fail in its duties.
BENJ. F. BUTLER.
P. S. — I have made the same suggestion to others of my friends.
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 51; Tyler Dennett, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and Letters of John Hay, p. 33-4; Jessie Ames Marshall, Editor, Private and Official Correspondence of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler During the Period of the Civil War, Volume 1: April 1860 – June 1862, p. 274.