President Lincoln Departs Washington for Meeting With General Grant

July 30, 1864

There is an evening band concert at White House, but President Lincoln had undoubtedly left by boat for Fort Monroe in Virginia where he was scheduled to confer with General-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant.

Attorney General Edward Bates writes in his diary:“Here is Mr. Gibson’s resignation, and the President’s answer (by the hand of John Hay). I regret to be obliged to say that both of them seem to me in bad taste – and uncalled for in fact; and hardly justifiable on any motive (that occurs to me) of prudence and Policy.” On July 25, President Lincoln had written a draft response (for Hay to sign) to the clerk of the Court of Claims in annoyed response to resignation letter of Charles Gibson:

According to the request contained in your note, I have placed Mr Gibson’s letter of resignation in the hands of the President. He has read the letter, and says he accepts the resignation, as he will be glad to do with any other which may be tendered, as this is, for the purpose of taking an attitude of hostility against him. He says he was not aware that he was so much indebted to Mr Gibson for having accepted the office at first, not remembering that he ever pressed him to do so, or that he gave it otherwise than as was usual, upon request made on behalf of Mr Gibson. He thanks Mr Gibson for his acknowledgment that he has been treated with personal kindness and consideration; and he says he knows of but two small draw-backs upon Mr Gibson’s right to still receive such treatment, one of which is that he never could learn of Mr Gibson’s his giving much attention to the duties of his office, and the other is this studied attempt of his Mr. Gibson’s to stab his patron.

President Lincoln writes Judge Advocate John A. Bingham: “Mr. Gibson having resigned, I have appointed you Solicitor of the U. S. in the Court of Claims.”   Bingham declines because he has been nominated for Congress.

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