The President to-day wrote a letter to Schofield in relation to his alleged army of returned rebels in Missouri. . . . The President added: — “I believe, after all, those radicals will carry the State, and I do not object to it. They are nearer to me than the other side, in thought and sentiment, though bitterly hostile personally. They are utterly lawless — the unhandiest devils in the world to deal with — but after all, their faces are set Zionwards.” . . .
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 112; For the whole diary entry see Tyler Dennett, Editor, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and letters of John Hay, p. 108