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aid, from the Government, our people are ready, & anxious to give them aid, if they had armsI still hope that Nelson will come on with his arms &c, immediately after the election (next Monday)2-- Our people, as well as those of East Tennessee are impatient, & delay will operate against us,-- I think that immediate & prompt action here, is of more importance than others may suppose,I will go to see Nelson in a day or two, & if things do not go to suit me, I may call & see you a few moments,I tell you Governor Ky is ready, & let her be put to work, & if necessary to inaugurate it successfully, let troops be thrown across the Ohio River in the lower part of the state, the people are for the Government there if they had a chance,--let us press them in Tennessee, & they will give you less work to do in VirginiaThe rebels have about one thousand men at Cumberland Gap & are stationing their squads, along the Ky line & through East Tennessee,I have not time to write moreYour friend Truly G, ADAMS Hone. S. P. Chase
Writing from Lancaster, Ky., on July 24, Green had reported on Confederate weakness in the vicinity and urged military action to secure the Cumberland Gap for the Union. "Give us a nucleus, here, or in Tennessee around which to rally our forces," he wrote, "and the arms to work with & I think Ky, Tennessee & Western Virginia, will not only be right, but may even have North Carolina right, also." Adams to Chase, July 24, 1861 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).
The state legislative election of August 5 mentioned in William Nelson's letter of July 24 (above). Coulter, Civil War, 97-98.

FROM WILLIAM P. MELLEN

Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 16:405).

Cincinnati Augt. 1. 1861

My dear Mr. Chase

I have delayed acknowledging the receipt of your valued autograph letter of the 23d ulto. until I could see Lieut. Nelson. He has been out or engaged when I have called to see him until this morning. He says he has recommended that Qr. Master Burns1 make purchases for his use, and presumes he will not be required to make any more purchases himself--that arms have been supplied to all that section of Kentucky where I am particularly acquainted and could aid him.--but that if he should find occasion for my aid, he will call on me.-- Our interview was short. He may be entitled to all the confidence you have given him. But when so many persons known to real friends of the Administration and of the great cause in which it is struggling, familiar with the outside appearance of his operations and conduct, are suspicious of him,

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