Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 90 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
A few days later Colonel Cooper said to one of our
friends: "The President does not like the selection of
Paschal. He says he is going to appoint Mills. Tell
Mills to come and see him." I called and thanked the
President, and had some conversation with him, but
later gave my brother, Capt. Anson Mills, a letter to the
President, requesting him to substitute his name for
mine, which was done.
I have known and conversed with four PresidentsLincoln,
Johnson, Grant and McKinley-and have held
office under all of them; but I knew Andy Johnson best,
and I liked the rugged, stubborn Southerner, who had
stood firm as a rock against rebellion in his own section.
If I had been older, or bolder, I am vain enough
to believe I might possibly have been of service to him.
He had inherited his Cabinet from Mr. Lincoln, and
some of them were, from the start, not very devoted to
him personally. He was being flattered and cajoled by
his late enemies, and he had been fretted and angered
by certain Republican leaders, "wise men of the East,"
who believed that no good could come out of Nazareth,
and he was about to make the mistake of his life-the
break wzith his party. I was pleased when, years later,
he came to the United States Senate, supported by the
votes of his best and truest friends-the Union people
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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. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/90/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .