Congressmen Protest Cameron

Monday January 21, 1861

George Sumner, brother of Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner, reports on his visit with President-elect Lincoln: “I have just had a long interview with L. He is firm as a rock. ‘Give them Personal Liberty bills & they will pull in the slack, hold on & insist on the border state compromises — give them that, they’ll again pull in the slack & demand Crit’s Comp. — that pulled in they will want all that So Carolina asks.”
Maine Congressman Israel Washburn, brother of Illinois Congressman Elihu B. Washburne (who spelled his name with an “e”) forwards a protest signed by 20 congressman opposing the appointment of Simon Cameron to the Cabinet.

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