Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

P. O. Dept., Jan’y 21, 1861.

My Dear Sir,—Yours of the 19th inst. is received.

I presume I shall continue to act as P. M. G., as I have been doing since the 1st inst. I do not anticipate that any appointment will be sent to the Senate at least for the present.

I cannot see that there is much if any improvement in the state of things. Yet if the Republicans would only present some reasonable proposition, and vote upon it with anything like unanimity to show that they were willing to do something, it would at once take the wind out of the sails of secession in all the border States, and this would dampen the ardor of the rebels . . . further South.

Very resp’ly and truly yours,

Horatio King.

Nahum Capen, Esq., P. M., Boston, Mass.

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