The Diary of James K. Polk During His Presidency, 1845 to 1849: Now First Printed from the Original Manuscript in the Collections of the Chicago Historical Society, Volume 4

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A. C. McClurg & Company, 1910 - Mexican War, 1846-1848

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Page 261 - No President who performs his duty faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. If he entrusts the details and smaller matters to subordinates constant errors will occur. I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the Government myself rather than...
Page 21 - The tone of his conversation on this point seemed to be designed to elicit a pledge from me to this effect. I at once felt the delicacy of my situation & promptly replied that that was a subject upon which I could not speak, that if the laws passed in the form suggested I would do my duty, and jocousely added that my friends, as Gen'l Harrison's Cincinnati committee in 1844 [1840?] said for him, must have a " generous confidence
Page 232 - I thought [it] indispensible that we should agree upon a plan of settlement (for Congress seemed to have no plan) and exercise what influence we might possess to carry it through at the present Session. All present agreed that this would be proper and, indeed, our duty. It is a question rising above ordinary party considerations. We have a country to serve as well as a party to obey.
Page 376 - Gen'l Taylor is, I have no doubt, a well meaning old man. He is, however, uneducated, exceedingly ignorant of public affairs, and, I should judge, of very ordinary capacity. He will be in the hands of others, and must rely wholly upon his Cabinet to administer the Government.
Page 190 - O'Clock PM and informed me that they had not completed the examination and that after they had done so he would see me on the subject. I requested him to call on Monday morning. My secretaries have a constant struggle with the Heads of Bureau [s], who are charged with preparing the detailed estimates, to keep down the expenditures to a reasonable point. These Bureau officers are in favour of the largest and most extravagant expenditures and it becomes necessary to be vigilant to keep them in check....
Page 288 - The conversation was inter [r]upted by the arrival of a member of the Cabinet, this being the regular day for the meeting of the Cabinet. All the members of the Cabinet were present except the Secretary of the Treasury. Several matters of no general importance were considered and disposed of. After the other members of the Cabinet had retired I gave a relation of my interview with Mr. Calhoun to Mr. Mason and Mr. Johnson, who remained.
Page 158 - Bill will be presented to me for my approval at the next Session of Congress, I desire to be prepared to meet it with a veto. Should another veto become necessary I desire to make it a strong paper, so that if I should be over-ruled, as I may be, by a united Whig vote and a part of the Democratic members, making a vote of two thirds, I may leave my full views on record to be judged of by my countrymen & by posterity.
Page 136 - ... hold the country and protect the inhabitants against Mexican, Indian, or other enemies who might disturb them. ' ' 21 The failure of Congress to provide for these newly acquired territories before adjournment, seemed to make necessary the establishment of a government by some other authority. Senator Benton, in a letter of August 27, 1848, addressed to the people of California...
Page 331 - I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and become a sovereign.
Page 251 - The agitation of the slavery question is mischievous and wicked, and proceeds from no patriotic motive by its authors. It is a mere political question on which demagogues and ambitious politicians hope to promote their own prospects for political promotion.

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