This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...rage. ' They have all written me letters about it," said Monroe to Adams, "and I consider myself personally insulted by them." Whether ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...rage. ' They have all written me letters about it," said Monroe to Adams, "and I consider myself personally insulted by them." Whether Crawford and Monroe had stormy scenes in private, before or after this interview, is not clearly known. Each preserved great reticence on such points. But Crawford, envious of his chief, felt, perhaps, chagrined that Monroe would not prefer him for the succession above all others. Little enough had he deserved such a preference as he twisted his way up the pillar of promotion. Adams, who recorded his trail with the minuteness of a scientist, pronounces Crawford treacherous to the core, having the desperate energy of a Lucifer. To Jackson he appeared a base ingrate. But these were rivals. The worst testimony against Crawford is that of the man to whose forbearance he owed most. Monroe, who in mature life rarely made personal criticism and never an unjust one, recognized the honor and affection of all others in his cabinet. Their rivalries with one another never marred the harmony of their intercourse with him. Upon Crawford alone of them all has he left adverse comments, and the very temperance of those comments makes the reproach the stronger. Adams, Calhoun, and Wirt could all respond to generous sentiments, and of their tender respect for Monroe proofs are not wanting. But Crawford was cold and selfish by nature. Men of colossal build, self-made, who have pushed their way upward, present often a nature streaked with coarseness and brute instincts which stifle the finer feelings. Crawford aimed at the leonine; he entranced by his democratic simplicity. But in affecting to despise the frippery and nonsense of polite society, he set too little store by those maxims of good feeling upon which polite society is r...Read Less
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