Thursday, March 9, 2017

Diary of John Hay: December 12, 1863

I met at the Theatre S. S. Cox, who was speaking of the statesmanship and success of Gov. Seward, attributing much to the bon hommie and affability of his manners. He says Seward sent for him the other day and asked him if he wanted to retain his place on the Committee of Foreign Relations, and if he wished to designate what gentlemen on the Democratic side should be associated with him, promising to speak to Colfax for him. This frank kindliness seemed to have won Cox over very much personally. Seward is unquestionably gaining in popularity very fast. Mercier said of him the other day: — “II est trรจs sage.” The diplomatic body have all apparently stopped abusing him, and those who do not like, have been forced to respect.

SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 138-9; For the whole diary entry see Tyler Dennett, Editor, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and letters of John Hay, p. 137.

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