Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Diary of John Hay: October 7, 1864

I showed Bates the letter to-day. He said some friends of his had previously spoken to him in the same sense; that he was friendly to Grover; thought well of him as a gentlemam and a lawyer, and knew of no one whom he would sooner see appointed. That he would not take the office himself in any case. That he had earnest antagonisms in that State; he was fighting those radicals there that stood to him in the relation of enemies of law and order. “There is no such thing as an honest and patriotic American radical. Some of the transcendental, red-Republican Germans were honest enough in their moon-struck theorising; but the Americans imprudently and dishonestly arrogate to themselves the title of unconditional loyalty, when the whole spirit of the faction is contempt of, and opposition to law While the present state of things continues in Missouri, there is no need of a Court, — so says Judge Treat, and I agree with him."

SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 232-3; Michael Burlingame and John R. Turner Ettlinger, Editors, Inside Lincoln’s White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, p. 235.

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