Monday, February 8, 2016

several diaries 1864-5 on Lincoln assassination

Here are excerpts from the [Booth diary 18 pages] transcript, as supplied to
us by Sunn. (Copyrighted material released by Sunn Classic Pictures.)

"At a party given by Eva's parents, 1 met Senator John
Conness (California Senator) . Conness says Eddie (Booth) and
he are friends from days in California in '55 and '56.

"In a private conversation he informed me that he could
render some service to the South.

"He suggests that I call on him tomorrow as we might
have some common interests.

"I saw him this morning and he produced documents which
proved that he was not an enemy spy.

"He gave me the name of a wholesale druggist who could be
trusted and said the druggist would supply from 5,000 to 25,000
ounces of quinine.

"I purchased a six-week list in advance of all the passwords
which changed daily on the post roads for the sum of $3,000.

"He said that he would supply the new passwords every six
_weeks as they changed for as long as I wished, providing each
time $3,000 would be forthcoming.

"He said he was not a patriot for either North or South, but
rather a nan with a small pocket and a large need.

"In Philadelphia today I met with Jay Cooke [Lincoln's Civil
War financier] .

"Cooke brought his brother Henry [Washington banker] — greeted
me warmly and said he thought most highly of Judah Benjamin
[Confederate Secretary of State] and acknowledged that anyone
who that wily fox, Benjamin, would send would be the best man

n We had lunch, then went to a room where the people present were
a  number of speculators in both cotton and gold.

"Present were Thurlow Weed [Lincoln's campaign manager and loyal
supporter], a person by the name of [Samuel] Noble [New York cotton
broker] , a man by the name of [Zachariah] Chandler [Michigan
Senator] , a Mr. [Issac] Bell [cotton merchant] — who said he was
a friend of [Sen.] John Conness.

"Each and every one asserted that he had had dealings with the
Confederate, states and they would continue, too, wherever possible.

"Cooke said that they would continue to have dealings with the
Confederacy, but not out of fear of betrayal, but because in peace
and in war, a businessman must do business whatever the stakes.

"Cooke gave me two letters -- one to Beverly Tucker [Confeder-
ate diplomatic agent] and the other to Jacob Thompson [Confederate
secret service chief] -- both' in cipher.      
 -the above is info from the missing 18 pages of the Booth diary
that turned up in the Stanton family in 1970s

JULIAN DIARY -- A diary account left by Rep. George Julian was
also acquired by Sunn, This account establishes that Booth's
diary was intact, with no pages missing, when delivered to Stanton.
It describes a meeting held in Stanton's office, attended by sev-
eral Radical Republican Congressmen. They read the contents of
the now- "missing" pages, and state to each other that if the material
would ever be made public, their political careers would be ruined,
in addition to being tried for conspiracy, treason, and murder.
We quote from the Julian diary, which is Ray Neff copyrighted mater-
ial released through Sunn Classic Pictures.)

"Post- Assassination Monday, April 24, 1865 — I was today
summonecTTo the War Secretary's [Edwin Ml Stanton] office. When
I got there Major [Thomas] Eckert [Chief of the War Department
Telegraph Office] was at the door with a grim look on his usually
pleasant face and I sensed at once that something was amiss.

"He opened the door so I could enter and then I saw Senator
[Zachariah] Chandler [Michigan Senator] , who was reading from a
small book. He too had a sour look on his face. The War
Secretary was pacing up and down while Chandler read with
mumbles. Stanton said that he had sent for [John] Conness
[California Senator] , and that he should be there momentarily.
Conness soon arrived and was ushered in by Major Eckert.

"I 'asked what was happening and Stanton said, *We have Booth's
diary and he has recorded a lot in it.' Conness grabbed it away
from Chandler and sat down in a chair as he read. He kept
mumbling 'Oh my God, Oh my God, 1 and then said, I am ruined if
this ever gets out. '

"Stanton asked me if I wanted to read the diary and I told
him that since I had not met the man and was not mentioned in his
diary, I was better off not reading it.

"Stanton said, 'It concerns you, for we either stick together
in this thing, or we will all go down the river together.' _ But
I did not read it nor do I know what was in it, but it excited
Chandler and Conness as well as Stanton.

"Chandler said, 'We cannot let it out.' Conness agreed and
so did Stanton. I all this time supposed that Booth had been
captured and I asked what Booth had to say. Stanton replied
that they would have him by the next morning. I did not ask
how he had come to get his diary when they didn't have him.

"Stanton placed the book in an envelope and sealed it. Gave
it to Eckert with the instructions to place it in the safe and
release it to no one without his order. Eckert took it away and
I left.

"It was disgusting to. see those men grovel in fear because of
their immoral activities. I returned to my office and thence to
my rooms. "
George W. Julian's Journal 335

caucus with Wade, Chandler, Covode, Judge Carter and Wilkin-
son, correspondent of The Tribune, who is determined to put
Greeley on the war-path. In this caucus we agreed upon a new
cabinet, which we are tomorrow to urge upon Johnson, among
other things placing Butler in the State Department, Stebbins, of
New York, in the navy, and Covode Postmaster General. I like
the radicalism of the members of this caucus, but have not in a
long time heard so much profanity. It became intolerably dis-
gusting. Their hostility towards Lincoln's policy of conciliation
and contempt for his weakness were undisguised; and the uni-
versal feeling among radical men here is that his death is a god-
send. It really seems so, for among the last acts of his official
life was an invitation to some of the chief rebel conspirators to
meet in Richmond and confer with us on the subject of peace.
The dastardly attack upon Lincoln and Seward, the great leaders
in the policy of mercy, puts to flight utterly every vestige of hu-
manitarian weakness, and makes it seem that justice shall be done
and the righteous ends of the war made sure. The government
could not have survived the policy upon which it had entered. 6
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