|1.||A copy of this letter in the handwriting of Jacob W. Schuckers, now at the Cincinnati Historical Society, may be found at micro 20:0768. It was probably made from the letterpress copy and is also dated May 24. However, Chase's comment about military movements "on Sunday" must refer to May 25, and this letter was probably written on or after Monday, May 26.|
|2.||Troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell, C.S.A.|
|3.||Confederate generals Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and Joseph F. Johnston.|
|4.||During the night of May 24-25, Chase traveled to Fredericksburg at the president's request to confer with McDowell. While there, Chase relayed a hasty request from Lincoln, who asked McDowell for troops to help relieve Nathaniel Banks, pressed by Confederates under Ewell and Jackson in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Chase returned to Washington late in the afternoon of the twenty-fifth. Chase to Edwin M. Stanton, May 25, 1862 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.); Lincoln to Chase, same date ( Lincoln Coll., John Hay Lib., Brown Univ.); Chase to Lincoln, May 25, 1862 ( E. Stanton Papers, L.C.); Chase Papers, 1:345-46; Long, Civil War Day by Day, 215-17.|
Copy in clerk's hand. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 20:0823).
Treasury Department May 30, 1862.
My dear Sir.
The President did not give me a chance to express my views, in reply to your enquiry if I "could not be convinced". Otherwise I should have said something more.
I am your friend and anxious well-wisher, because you are your country's friend and well-wisher, and more, her hardworker.
It is not difficult for me to yield opinions, except when they seem to me impregnable in reason and fact. I only ask you to look calmly at the probable consequences before you issue a new call for three months men.1
Reflect that the law expressly limits the acceptance of volunteers to those serving not less than six months, and does not authorize the calling out of militia under existing circumstances ( Acts 1861, p.268) The emergency must be real and imminent which will warrant a call without law, Congress in session.