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Plans At Washington

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Day
5
Month
July
Year
1861
Copyright
Public Domain
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The reidera of the reo Press will, porhaps, be interested in whatever appoiirs to bo an authentic programme, so far as it gres, of the purpoaas of tho President and his advisers. It is furnished by James Walsou Webb, ia a letter to the New York Courier and Enquircr, of recent date, andiswritten from Washington, where tho writer has been sojouruing on confidenlial terms with the administraron, whilst awaiting his insrructions as Miuister to Brazil. If hc is correct, tho war wcars the aspect of a war of outposts for a long time to come: " His therorj is, ' This rebellion must be put down, and tliiit speedily, cost wl at it may. Time is money. The war must be brougbt to a close next winter, at any cost. Ketter emplny four or even fite hundred thousand men, andcloso the war in onc wiuter's cnmpiign, than to carry it i uto another year, by an econnmy of n and inoney. iáay wliat forco you ■want, and it is at your service ; only bear in mind that the rebellion must b' ciushed out, and the leading rebels hung or driron from the country by next spring.' 'To this his Cabiuet cordially asseut ; and General Scott, to whoin MrT Lincoln looks to do the work, as readily undertakes the task. The old nero insists, bowover, that while a proclamation wíl] if requirod, cali half a million of men into tho field, it takes time to convert tbem into soldiers. ' Make haste slow ly,' is his motto ; and, as ho bas never rotreated, aüd never met with a reverse, he isays to the Cabiuet, ' It ia your duty to mist the cutside pressure, and preach patieuco to the pcoplc. We havo abundanco of men and money ; and in due tmie wo 6ia!l havo abuiidance of the munitions of war. The only thing wo are deficiënt in is patienec ; and that gen tfauAPUr.Xo "BilñíiSu.tífS J8]BKoiK? teers ; wc want time to organizo the commissariat and baggage trains ; we want time to get ready to insure victory and Buocess ; and we want to arrangc every department of the army, and bo organize our columns that we can predict wueks anJ even months in advance, each day's work. With icexhaustiblo means and any desirable number of men, all of whoni will be good soldiers by November, you have only toexaio'se patïeuce, and on or lefore the lst of May next, I pledgo what Hule reputa tíon I have aoquired, that the robellion sljall be suppressed, the oonstitution and the laws be viudicr.ted, nd the Union of the fjtates ro-established. The peopla have so willed it ; and with ordinary patience, overy good citizen may feel assured that peace aud quict will pervade the country and business gubside into ils usual chanuels before the let day of May, 1862.' " Taken ín oonnootion with tho abovo, tho following, from a Londou paper, may uot be uninteri_sting as harmoniziog in it8Judgmeut of General Seott's charactcr with the purpose set forth by General Webb : "General Scott is proverbially a slow coinmander. Ho is always lar dunug bis campaign. It ís only whea h3 ouiupaign is over and he has ypn--as bo always lias doue - tliat the wisdon) o his avtiou is undurstood aud he bocogjes popular. Iligher praise could not well' bac boen bestowed upon any conimaaiicr_, for tbe parallel is an exact one with tlM paid tbe Duke of Wellington. He jyas alwap a glow "sth - au oíd fogy. ííc pevur siemcj to bo doing anythftïg; But ho always Won. Iu the oud In! Wns olwaja worahipped At TbttM Veilras, in the Peuinsuhir var, Wotlington could havo cut the Frenoh army to piecos in a few liours, with the loss ot' halt' hia own. Ho walted, minteuvred1 irrr-l .secured advantagc for a weck, and he obtaincd :i mucli more deoisive victory, with a losa that i ly fiarcd in the bulloti-i. Scott eoald h.iTe taken Vera Cruz in thrco days with the loss of three thousand men ; ho took it in three weeks, and lost but a hundred or tïïo.".

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