Time: Civil War
Place: White House, Washington, DC
Subject: Cables from the White House
Please say to these gentlemen that if they do not work quickly I will make quick work with them. In the name of all that is reasonable, how long does it take to pay a couple of regiments?
To General Daniel Tyler
If you are besieged how do you dispatch me? Why do you not leave before being besieged?
To Hon. J.K. Dubois, Hon O.M. Hatch
What nation do you desire General Allen to be made quarter-master general of? This nation already has a quarter-master general.
To Major General McClellan
I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigues anything?