lowed the Democratic party to shape the policy of the war and furnish the Generals to conduct it, while the Republicans have furnished
the men and money. Unless a new leaf is turned over the Republic is
gone forever, and Mr Lincoln and yourself and every leading Republican, before two years, will be in exile, or dangling at the end of a rope.
The slave-holders will triumph and crush the anti slavery leaders beneath their heels. We must conqueror or they will, that's all there is of it.The administration has undertaken to save the Union and slavery,
which can not be done. It can save one or the other, and should choose
which it shall be at once. Up to this time the administration has obliged
the Unionists to fight a compact Southern population of eleven millions
of people (seven m. whites and four m. slaves) / We can't conquer a
force so great. We must divide to win / So long as seven millions of rebel
whites are supported by the industry of four millions of blacks, we shall
never be able to conquer them. With slavery they can support one million of rifles in the field against us. Without slavery they can not support
one third as many. The border states which the President is so anxious
to conciliate will render us very nearly as much aid after a proclamation
as now. At all events the freed slaves would aid us one hundred fold
more help than the border states would withdraw from us. But the slaves
must not only be emancipated but armed and set in the battle on the
side of the Union, or the Republic is gone.Yours Truly J. MEDILLThe last N.Y. Independent has a review of the situation that should be
read by President and Cabinet.2
|"Whenever the industrial class of secessia refuse to supply rations to the rebel soldiers and to support their families at home," claimed the article, "the bottom will be
knocked out of the rebellion, and that would be the consequence of a proclamation of
freedom issued by the President." Chicago Tribune, Sept. 12, 1862.|
|"It is a supreme and extraordinary want of administrative talent at the head of
Government that is bringing us to humiliation, and setting this great Nation up as a false
witness against liberty and Christian civilization," asserted the New York periodical. The
Independent, Sept. 11, 1862.|
TO JOHN J. CISCO
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Loan Division, Letters Sent, Records of the Bureau of
the Public Debt (Record Group 53), National Archives (micro 22:0828).
Sept 15, 1862
My dear Sir.
Yours of the 13th leads me to apprehend that Mr Cooke's visit to New York has left a not exactly correct impression upon the minds of
the gentlemen with whom he conferred in your city.1
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Book title: The Salmon P. Chase Papers.
Contributors: John Niven - Editor, James P. McClure - AssociateEditor, Leigh Johnsen - AssociateEditor, Salmon Chase - Author.
Publisher: Kent State University Press.
Place of publication: Kent, OH.
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: 265.
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