[Washington, D.C.]: 1861. [1 leaf]. 8vo. Removed. First edition. A very good copy with two small tears on the fore edge. Item #35938
House of Representatives. 36th Congress, 2d session. Ex. Doc. No. 82. Provides Buchanan's rationale for ordering troops into Washington with the approaching inauguration of Lincoln: "But what was the duty of the President at the time the troops were ordered to this city? Ought he to have waited, before this precautionary measure was adopted, until he could obtain proof that a secret conspiracy existed to seize the capital? In the language of the select committee, this was 'in a time of high excitement consequent upon revolutionary events transpiring all around us, the very air filled with rumors, and individuals indulging in the most extravagant expressions of fears and threats.' Under these and other circumstances, which I need not detail, but which appear in the testimony before the select committee, I was convinced that I ought to act... At the present moment, when all is quiet, it is difficult to realize the state of alarm which prevailed when the troops were first ordered to this city. This almost instantly subsided after the arrival of the first company, and a feeling of comparative peace and security has since existed both in Washington and throughout the country. Had I refused to adopt this precautionary measure, and evil consequences, which many good men at the time apprehended, had followed, I should never have forgiven myself."