|According to some in New Orleans, wrote George S. Denison on September 9, Butler was "selfish & cold-hearted." Still, Denison claimed, "it would be difficult to find a man capable of filling Gen. Butler's place, & who would give the same satisfaction to Union men." Denison to Chase, Sept. 9, 1869 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
Letter in clerk's hand on letterhead stationery, signed by Chase. Oran Follett Papers, Mss. F667C, p. 83, Cincinnati Historical Society (micro 23:0072).
Unofficial and Private
Treasury Department. Sept. 25, 1862
My dear Sir,
I have read with great interest your last letter, and share the feelings you express.1Some consolation in the review of the disasters we have experienced may, perhaps, be found in the supposition that they were necessary to convince the President and the country that a decided measure in relation to slavery was absolutely necessary. That measure has now been resolved upon and proclaimed.2
It now remains that military action be prompt, skilful and decided. Whether it will be so, I am not able to say. Though charged with the responsibility of providing means for the vast expenditures of the War, I have little more voice in its conduct than a stranger to the Administration--perhaps not so considerable a voice as some who are, in law at least, strangers to it. I should be very well satisfied with this state of things, if I saw the war prosecuted with vigor and success. I am only dissatisfied with it because I cannot help thinking that, if my judgment
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Publication information: Book title: The Salmon P. Chase Papers. Volume: 3. 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: 284.
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