|Barrett had edited the Cincinnati Gazette since 1857. Nat. Cyc., 13:167.|
|The article recommended Chase as the presidential choice for such voters. Columbus Gazette, Oct. 28, 1859.|
|Abolitionist John Brown ( 1800- 1859), already renowned as a free-state fighter in Kansas, had conducted his notorious raid on Harpers Ferry, Va., October 16-18. On October 20, the Cincinnati Gazette defended Chase against attempts by the Cincinnati Enquirer to link Brown with Chase and William Seward. "They stand ready to deluge the land in blood to carry out their fanatical views," the Enquirer had asserted. DAB, 3:131-34.|
|Chase refers to a letter supposedly written in May 1858 by Col. Hugh Forbes (b. ca. 1813), a Scotch specialist in guerrilla warfare who had served with Garibaldi and with free- state forces in Kansas. According to the New York Herald, Forbes had organized a "stampede" of slaves from the border states. Included in the letter, which Forbes supposedly sent to several prominent antislavery leaders, was a notation that "Copies will be sent to Governor Chase, who found money, and Governor Fletcher, who contributed arms, and to others interested." Cincinnati Gazette, Oct. 28, 1859; New York Herald, Oct. 27, 1859; Stephen B. Oates, To Purge this Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown, 2d ed. (Amherst, 1984), 200-201.|
|Chase apparently referred to this matter in a letter of June 1857 addressed to "Nelson Hawkins," an alias assumed by Brown to circumvent postal inspectors. "I am sorry to say that on consideration I do not find there is any probability of obtaining any contributions here beyond the twenty-five dollars which I obtained for the Captain when here last winter." Chase to Hawkins, June 6, 1857, in Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, ed., The Life and Letters of John Brown, Liberator of Kansas, and Martyr of Virginia, 2d ed. ( Boston, 1891), 363-64.|
|Edward R. Newhall was a Cincinnati attorney and U.S. commissioner to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. Cinc. Dir. ( 1859), 210, 323.|
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 13:0383).
(Confidential & Private.)
Columbus, Dec 18, 1859.
From what you say in yours of the 14th, I infer you have not received mine previously written to you. It was directed to Cincinnati, and perhaps it has since reached you.
I do not desire to be quoted as expressing any opinion as to time or place of holding the Convention, or as to the mode of its organization either in respect to membership or number of delegates--or mode of electing them. The reasons for my not desiring even to seem to influence members of the Convention are obvious.
You as our Ohio member, have a right to my views, and I will give them to you briefly:
1st. The Convention should be held between the Alleghenys and the Mississippi. It would be best, I think, to hold it at Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Cincinnati or Covington; but next best to hold it at Columbus,