I have not thought it respectful to you to go to the President about appointments in your department except through you. Others do so and
it seems not unsuccessfully.I want now to say to you that I think Ohio fairly entitled both as a
state and as a Republican state to a fair share of diplomatic appointments. Her population is one eighth of the whole & her Republican
vote bears about the same proportion.Mr. Corwin representing the so called conservative wing has already
been appointed to Mexico2 and I shall not be at all dissatisfied with
other appointments from the same side: for I have always sought to be
just and fair to all the elements of our organizationI send you on another piece of paper the names of those whom I am
especially desirous to see recognized: and leave the matter to you.Sincerely yours S P CHASEHon Wm H Seward. Harrington3 says the whole number of Diplomatic Appointments is
269--of which Ohio's proportion would be 33. My list with Corwin
makes only 13.--
|1. || Freeman Harlow Morse ( 1807-91), Whig and Republican congressman from Maine, 1843-45, 1857-61, accepted the appointment two days later and held the office
until 1869. DAB, 13:243.|
|2. ||Former Ohio Governor Thomas Corwin served as U.S. minister to Mexico, 1861-64. Ibid., 4:457-58.|
|3. || George Harrington, assistant secretary of the Treasury.|
TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Autograph document. Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress
If war is to be the consequence of an attempt to provision Fort
Sumter, war will just as certainly result from the attempt to maintain
possession of Fort Pickens1
I am clearly in favor of maintaining Fort Pickens and just as clearly
in favor of provisioning Fort Sumter.
If that attempt be resisted by military force Fort Sumter should, in
my judgment, be reinforced.
If war is to be the result I perceive no reason why it may not be best
begun in consequence of military resistance to the efforts of the administration to sustain troops of the Union, stationed, under the
authority of the Government in a Fort of the Union, in the ordinary
course of service.
S: P: CHASE
March 29, 1861
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Salmon P. Chase Papers.
Contributors: John Niven - Editor, James P. McClure - AssociateEditor, Leigh Johnsen - AssociateEditor, Salmon Chase - Author.
Publisher: Kent State University Press.
Place of publication: Kent, OH.
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: 55.
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