President Lincoln Assigns Responsibility to Supreme Court

October 29, 1862

President Lincoln writes: “Two associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States having been appointed since the last adjournment of said court, and consequently no allotment of the members of said court to the several circuits having been made by them, according to the fifth section of the act of Congress entitled “An act to amend the judicial system of the United States,” approved April 29, 1802, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in virtue of said section, do make an allotment of the justices of said court to the circuits now existing by law, as follows:

For the first circuit: Nathan Clifford, associate justice.

For the second circuit: Samuel Nelson, associate justice.

For the third circuit: Robert C. Grier, associate justice.

For the fourth circuit: Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice.

For the fifth circuit: James M. Wayne, associate justice.

For the sixth circuit: John Catron, associate justice.

For the seventh circuit: Noah H. Swayne, associate justice.

For the eighth circuit: David Davis, associate justice.

For the ninth circuit: Samuel F. Miller, associate justice.

President Lincoln writes General George B. McClellan: “Your despatches of night before last, yesterday, & last night, all received. I am much pleased with the movement of the Army. When you get entirely across the river let me know. What do you know of the enemy?” McClellan  wrote his wife:  “It will not do for me to visit Washn now — the tone of the telegrams I receive from the authorities is such as to show that they will take advantage of anything possible to do me all the harm they can & if I went down I should at once be accused by the Presdt of purposely delaying the movement.  Moreover the condition of things is such that I ought not to leave just now — the army is in the midst of the preliminary movements for the main march & I must be at hand in this critical moment of the operation.”  He added:

If you could know the mean & dirty character of the dispatches I receive you would boil over with anger — when it is possible to misunderstand, & when it is not possible, whenever there is a chance of a wretched innuendo — there it comes.  But the good of the country requires me to submit to all this from men whom I know to be greatly my inferiors socially, intellectually & morally!  There never was a truer epithet applied to a certain individual than that of the ‘Gorilla.’”

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