The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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you pleased with my action touching the association in N.Y. & have you recognized it?

What advice have you to give me? Speak freely, if you have time.

I pray God to be with you.

Yours in Ch. bonds
M FRENCH

P.S. Miss Walker acts as our Secretary.

The above, I wish to state, has not been written because of any lack of sympathy or cordiali[ty] towards my mission--or desire in ally degree for a change of offices at Hilton Head-- I purpose, the Lord being my helper to make no tracks in this field which I shall ever desire to cover. If I can be of any service to you, please use me.

Yrs
MF

1. According to a clerk's filing endorsement, this letter was written in March, apparently sometime after the eighth, when French arrived in Beaufort. Rose, Rehearsal, 58-59.
2. That is, "received."
3. Reynolds lost his job and his position ceased to exist when the War Department assumed sole control of the occupied Sea Islands in April. He actually left Port Royal on June 6. Rose, Rehearsal, 152-53; Reynolds to Chase, June 6, 1862 (Port Royal (Corres., Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.).
4. Daniel D. Tompkins.
5. These "agents" who worked under Reynolds received a commission for the cotton they collected. Rose, Rehearsal., 24.
6. Ann Eliza Peck Harlan, the wife of U.S. senator James Harlan of Iowa, was also involved with the U.S. Sanitary Commission. DAB, 8:268-69; McLaughlin, Papers of Olmsted, 4:346, 348.

FROM EDWARD L. PIERCE

Letter in clerk's hand, signed by Pierce. Port Royal Correspondence, Records of Civil War Special Agencies of the Treasury Department (Record Group 366), National Archives (micro 19:0866).

Beaufbrt S.C. March 14th 1862.

Hon. S. P. Chase
Dear Sir

This week has been entirely occupied in selecting locations on Port Royal Island, and forwarding the superintendents to them. I must consult brevity, and reserve general matters for a future communication. Let me call your attention to some points requiring immediate action.

1st As to all the points stated in the letter to Mr Barney--a copy of which is enclosed, let me press each each and all on you.

2d Cannot something be done to arrest the action of the military authorities in taking cattle whether beef or draught from the plantations? Gen. Stevens told me nearly two months ago that it should not be done, and yet it is done. You have decided to keep up the culture of the plan

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