It gives me great pleasure to respond to your inquiry. Whether in my opinion the rejection of your nomination by the Senate at the late session, was "the result of misapprehension."
I am very sure that it was. And I as took the lead in the first movement, I have constantly & deeply regretted it since --- feeling a strong conviction that you were unjustly sacrificed.
During the last year, I thought the Senate had been most unjustly & malignantly assailed, & with purposes & views as I supposed, not about the level of the demagogue, seeking a contemptible notoriety. And as such was my estimate of the whole transaction that I Wd have voted to confer office on no man in America whom I knew to be art & part in it. Several scurrilous & malignant articles appeared in a New York paper, & a member of Gen. Taylor’s cabinet, shaking unquestionably, left an impression upon me that you were probably the writer of them.
Upon your nomination coming up, I suggested this with the view of enabling your friends & particularly Senator Cooper, to set you right. The explanation almost instantly made, satisfied me that we had no sufficient evidence to reject you, & therefore I declined voting my reasons. The vote being taken, to my surprise you were rejected. Subsequent in[formation]