the President had concluded to appoint
Clum. I expressed dissatisfaction
at that appointment and so did Jarvis.
We agreed that Clum is incompetent -
a weak man - though a good fellow -
and I urged Jarvis to put the matter
again to the President. He hesitates
since the President gave him the opportu
=nity to do that quite fairly and he did
not urge it, but he is greatly exercised
in his mind about it. Clum is a
good man - and so far has a good
reputation, but he is weaker than
Brady - & no more competent.
Clarke also told me that Justice
Brown of the Supreme Court had called
to see the President in the forenoon of
yesterday - that he is just past 70
years of age - and that Senator Knox
called in the afternoon by request.
The intimation is that Judge Brown
will resign soon and that Knox
may have the place if he wants it.