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General Scott gives assurances of a smooth official counting of the Electoral College votes next week

Winfield Scott
02/08/1861
General Winfield Scott assured a visiting Vermont peace delegate that nothing would be allowed to obstruct the official counting of the Electoral College votes at the U.S. Capital on the coming Wednesday.  He told Lucius Chittenden that "any man who attempted by force or unparliamentary disorder to obstruct or interfere with the lawful count of the electoral vote ... should be lashed to the muzzle of a twelve-pounder and fired out of a window of the Capitol. I would manure the hills of Arlington with fragments of his body ...."  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Lucius Eugene Chittenden, Recollections of President Lincoln and His Administration (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1891), 38. 

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