Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 89 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
the instructions from my own Government and the
neutrality laws; and "on the face of the returns" the
charge appeared to be true, and my enemies believed my
Andrew Johnson was President. When I called on
him, with some friends, to make my formal application,
we met, by an awkward accident, a delegation of my
enemies, and we "had it out" then and there. I stated
my own case, and though the President was noncommittal,
I felt sure of reappointment, though my friends
did not. A few days afterward, when Judge Watts was
talking to the President on other subjects, the President
said: "Judge, where is your young friend from Texas?
Is this his appointment which I signed to-day?" When
told that it was, he said: "I intended from the first to
appoint him. I like that young man."
In the Senate there was opposition to my confirmation.
Senator Conness of California made a sensational
speech ag-ainst me in executive session, and presented
what he called "proof." I saw the Senator personally and
made some explanations, which it is not necessary, or
proper, to repeat here, and he withdrew his opposition
and moved my confirmation, and I was unanimously
In May, I866, the President's private secretary, Col.
Henry Cooper, asked the Texas Republicans then in
Washington to agree upon some Texan to be appointed
"Visitor to West Point."
These appointments are strictly Presidential, not
requiring confirmation by the Senate, and are much
desired and sought after, being considered a high honor
and a special favor from the chief executive of the
nation. We met and selected a very distinguished
Texan, Judge George W. Paschal, and sent up his
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/89/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .