The Richmond Daily Dispatch: April 15, 1861.
Monday morning. . . . . . April 15, 1861.
--We do not hear much to confirm the report that Secretary Chase will go on to the Supreme Bench, in place of Mr. McLean, that Mr. Cameron will take the Treasury Department, and that John Minor Botts → , of Virginia, will be appointed Secretary of War.
Mr. ← Botts → has been closeted with members of the Cabinet; and Governor Denison has been advising Secretary Chase to advance himself, if he can, to the Supreme Bench. In one of Mr. ← Botts → 'interviews, we have heard that Mr. Lincoln having asked him "what should be done with the traitors now?" the Virginian replied, "Grape for the rank and file, and hemp for the leaders."--Washington States, Friday.
In connection with the foregoing, it may be stated that a rumor was current on our streets yesterday that Mr. ← Botts had become a sudden convert to the doctrine of secession.