The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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1. Haight, a Democrat from New York, was serving his first and only term in Congress. Chase's papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania contain a copy of this letter in the hand of Jacob Schuckers, which appears at micro 21:0887. Bio. Dir. U.S. Cong., 1109.
2. "It is useless to attempt to disguise the fact that there is a distrust in the public mind that is operating to our disadvantage," Haight had written, "and . . . it is the duty of the administration lo remove it." Haight to Chase, July 23, 1862 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).

TO BENJAMIN F. WADE

Letterpress copy of autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Washington July 30 1862

Dear Sir,1

Yours of the 22d. was duly received; and I observe with regret your hostility to the appointment of Mr. Senter as Collector or Assessor in the Cuyahoga District because of his opposition to your reelection last winter.2

A number of citizens of our State, under circumstances strongly binding them to a different course, thought fit, notwithstanding the almost unanimous designation of myself, by the state Convention, as the choice of the Republicans of Ohio for the Presidency in 1860,3 to refuse to concur in giving me that support at Chicago, which was loyally & honourably given by the delegates from every other State, to the choice of its Republican citizens. Some even resorted to not very creditable means of injuring my position while professing to wish to represent faithfully the will of the state as expressed by the Convention.

Now, none of those persons, if found fit and competent in other respects have been proscribed on account of their opposition to me; nor have I sought the proscription of any of them. On the contrary some of them are, in some measure at least, indebted to me for positions which they now hold. I have not thought it patriotic or loyal to the political organization with which I act to carry personal griefs into my public action.

You will not I hope insist on the application of a different rule where you are concerned.

I have not said nor do I now say that I shall recommend the appointment of Mr. Senter. And you may rest assured that if I do it will not be because I mean to give any sanction to opposition to you last winter. I was avowedly & distinctly in favor of your reelection;4 though, I thought, as I have heretofore frankly told you, that I had some reason to be dissatisfied with the course of yourself and of some who claimed to be your special friends as well as with the course of the Ohio friends of some other gentlemen in 1860. You were undoubtedly, in my

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