New York Times, "Cabinet Rumors at Washington," February 20, 1857

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“Cabinet Rumors at Washington,” New York Times, February 20, 1857, p. 8: 4.
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Washington (DC) Union
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Meghan Allen, Dickinson College
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Cabinet Rumors at Washington.

From the Washington Union.

From the last twenty-four hours public opinion in Washington seems to have settled down upon the following cast of Mr. BUCHANAN’S Cabinet:

LEWIS CASS, Secretary of State.
HOWELL COBB, Secretary of the Treasury.
JOHN B. FLOYD, Secretary of War.
A. V. BROWN, Secretary of the Navy.
JACOB THOMPSON, Secretary of the Interior.
J. GLANCY JONES, Postmaster-General.
ISAAC TOUNCEY, Attorney-General.

We know of no information of an authentic character which justifies the confidence with which the foregoing is received as the cabinet, or as so near the cabinet that only a single change is suggested. It may be mere conjecture; but whatever may have created the general impression, it is certain, so far as our observation has extended, the cast of the cabinet above meets with decided approval. It this, or a cabinet composed of such names, is formed, our anticipations as to the wise discrimination for which we have given Mr. BUCHANAN full credit will be entirely realized. We express no opinion as to the correctness of the list of names, for we have no grounds for any opinion; but we venture to say, that if the list is the true Cabinet, the public mind will be entirely satisfied that Mr. BUCHANAN’S Administration will start under most favorable auspices.

In this connection, we may add that the following paragraph, from the Lancaster Intelligencer of the 17th instant, may well induce a doubt as to whether there is any foundation for the prevalent impressions as to the composition of the Cabinet:

“CABINET-MAKING.—The Cabinet-makers, we perceive, are still at work, and a great many knowing intimations are given out in certain quarters as to its composition. Now, for the consolation of these busybodies, we will barely remark that, until this moment, we do not believe the President elect, although he has his Cabinet arranged in his own mind, has intimated to a solitary individual in the Union, not even to the gentlemen who are to compose his political household themselves, who the favored ones are to be. At the proper time the announcement will be made to the public, and not before.

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