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CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

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LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE

OF

JOHN A. QUITMAN.·

CHAPTER XIV.

Visits Washington.-Plan for the Occupation of Mexico.-Opposition to Southern Expansion the Motive for the Peace.-Applies for his Brevet. His Opinion of the Regular Army.-Quitman and the Vice-presidency.-Gen. Butler.-Presentation of a Sword.-Nominated for Governor.-Election.-Inaugural.-Political Movements in Mississippi.—Union of Partics.—Judgo Sharkey.-Conventions. -The Adjustment or Omnibus Bill.-President Taylor.-Secret Call upon the President.—Ilis Inflexibility.—Civil War imminent. -Views of Gov. Quitman.-Gov. Scabrook.-Position of South Carolina. Gen. Henderson, of Texas. -Letter to Hon. John J. M'Rac.-Convenes the Legislature.-His Message. -Action of that Body.

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On his arrival at Washington Gen. Quitman urged upon the President and secretary of war the permanent military occupation of Mexico, and showed that it might be held without expense to the United States, and with but temporary opposition from the Mexican people.

"HOW SHALL WE OCCUPY MEXICO?

"To occupy the whole country in detail would be liable to several objections.

"It would require a great increase of force and much expense.

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