Our people are not indifferent upon this subject, but we have made up our minds that we can reach a safe & desirable conclusion sooner through a dependence upon our own exertions than by relaxing these in the hope that foreign governments will take steps, which will enure to our benefit. I believe … that this contest is not to be decided by the sword – but by that more silent yet far more powerful weapon the pen. Thousands upon thousands have been mowed down, our streams have run red with the blood of the fallen, but peace is to be introduced by the pen. We have from the beginning announced our desire to avoid a war, but the Gov of Georgia in his late message to the Legislature takes, in my humble opinion, the right ground, when he declares it to be our policy after each victory gained to appoint commissioners to declare to the Fed. Gov. our desire for peace upon the basis of the recognition of the sovereignty of the states & the principle of self-government.