The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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effective representation in administration councils unless Mr. Welles or
Mr. Tuck [, have] a seat, which is not certain.6Let me add only that to me personally it will be far more agreeable
to remain in the Senate [so] long as it seems necessary for me to serve
in any public position, than to take any administration post whatever.
In whatever you may think fit to do therefore I beg to be left entirely
out of the account. I write only because duty to that great body of pa-
triotic men who hoped from Mr. L----- not merely an admn. faithful to
freedom, but one free from all financial mismanagement (& with
whom I sincerely sympathize,) seems to demand it of me.With great respect & regardYour friend
S: P: CHASE Hon Geo OpdykeWrote Barney also--told him of this letter & [want] him to open [it if] Mr. O. out of town
1. Chase had enclosed the letter, not found, in one to Hiram Barney written on January 8. "What is done must be done quickly & done judiciously," he told Barney, "with the concurrence of our best men & by a deputation to Springfield. If our N.Y. friends think it unimportant to them, however, to do anything I shall be perfectly content. I want nothing for myself." Chase to Barney, Jan. 8, 1861 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).
2. Those known to have given such encouragement include Hiram Barney, Joseph H. Barrett, James A. Briggs, George G. Fogg, Joshua Giddings, George Opdyke, John Paul, Charles Robinson, Henry B. Stanton, and Henry Wilson. Barrett to Chase, Dec. 1, Briggs to Chase, Nov. 27, Fogg to Chase, Nov. 11, Opdyke to Chase, Dec. 26, Robinson to Chase, Dec. 91), Stanton to Chase, Nov. 13, 1860 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Barney to Chase, Nov. 26, Giddings to Chase, Dec. 7, Paul to Chase, Dec. 24, Wilson to Chase, Dec. 15, 1860 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).
3. "In these troublous times, I would like a conference with you," Lincoln had written on December 31. "Please visit me at once." Chase received the message on January 2, but was detained by "Business, which cannot be postponed," and did not arrive in Springfield until Friday, January 4. Chase to Lincoln, Jan. 2, 1861 ( Lincoln Papers, L.C.); Lincoln to Chase, Dec. 31, 1860, in Robert B. Warden, An Account of the Private Life and Public Services of Salmon Portland Chase ( Cincinnati, 1874), 364; Earl Schenck Miers, ed., Lincoln Day by Day: A Chronology, 1809-1865, 3 vols. ( Washington, D.C., 1960), 3:3.
4. At the time, Simon Cameron and Chase were both under consideration to head the Treasury Department. Henry B. Stanton to Chase, Jan. 7, 1861 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).
5. Opdyke, Hiram Barney, and John T. Hogeboom visited Lincoln on January 16 and discussed cabinet appointments for Chase and Simon Cameron. Miers, Lincoln Day by Day, 3:5.
6. Gideon Welles and most likely Amos Tuck, who was also interviewed during
Chase's trip to Springfield. Ibid.,
3:3.

TO JAMES SHEPHERD PIKE

Autograph letter. James Shepherd Pike Papers, Special Collections Department, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University' of Maine (micro 14:0364).

Columbus, Jany 10, 1861

My dear friend,

When I returned from Springfield day before yesterday I found
your letter of the second--I need not say I was glad to receive it. I

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