The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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FROM JOHN Q. SMITH

Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 22:0601).

Oakland Clinton County Ohio1, Aug. 30th 1862

Hon S. P. Chase,

Dear Sir,

I have received your note, informing me of the appointment of Mr Sanders to the Collectorship of this District.2 I am greatly obliged to you, for your kindness to him, and to me.

In reply to your interrogatory, as to the appearance of things here, I am sorry to say that I can give you but little satisfactory information at present. I have not felt free, to speak of your name in connection with the Senatorship, until I was advised further of your wishes in respect to it. My impression, without having specific information upon the subject, however, is that you can be elected if you wish to be. How far Mr Wades friends may consider themselves bound to support him, I can't tell. But I have been told; that his chances have not improved, and, if they have not, he certainly cannot be elected. And I should think, whenever his friends became aware of that fact the most of them would support you. And I suppose there are quite a number who have not voted for Mr W. (in caucus.) who would gladly vote for you--McLung of Miami for instance, and perhaps Gunckle of Dayton, with others.3

I would like very much before giving an opinion to have some inkling as to the feeling which a few men have upon the subject: Professor Monroe, Mr Groesbeck and Mr Odlin. I presume that Mr. Monroe could give a shrewd opinion as to the chances of support in the Northeastern quarter of the State, Mr Odlin4 could probably speak for the Silver Grays,5 and, Mr Groesbeck's action would indicate that of the Union Democrats. And I have a strong suspicion that the Silver Grays and the Union Democrats will be ready to unite in your support if thereby they can defeat Mr Wade.

I think on the other hand that the bitterest opposition to you, would come from Mr Delano's especial friends, led by Mr Hubbell and Mr West.6 And I suspect that they would rather abandon Mr D. and give all their influence to Mr Wade (whom they have hitherto bitterly opposed,) than to allow you to be elected. I have no means however, of knowing how far they could influence their followers in such a course.

There are quite a number of gentlemen in the legislature who voted for Mr Wade, who, I think, did so reluctantly. Dr Howe of the House and Messrs Sprague and Quinby of the Senate, I think, were of this number, Mr Gardner of Fayette was one such, and perhaps--this is a mere guess,--Whetstone of Hamilton.7

I have remarked, that I have not felt free to speak on this subject, but, I have to several persons in a jocular way remarked that we might

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