"I have received your communication of the 28th. ult. and I can not be insensible to the approbation expressed of my conduct during a momentious period by the Legislature of a state which bore with distinguished patriotism its share of the trials which were encountered. In recommending the appeal to arms the reluctant duty was prescribed by the house and sanctioned by the voice of the nation; and in concurring in peace which provided for its interest and elevated its character, I consulted not less the obligations of my public trust than the principles which I have ever cherished."
Catalog--George D. Smith.