The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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[There,--]I have said my say and have said it frankly & honestly. Take it in the same spirit and believe me, in all sincerity,Truly your friend, S: P: CHASEHon B. F. Wade.
1. Jacob Schuckers made a copy of this letter, now at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and reproduced at micro 23:0631.
2. Wade's letter of August 4, 1862 (above).
3. The debates over the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854.
4. See Chase to Wade, July 30, 1862 (above).
5. Albert Gallatin Riddle served only one term in Congress, 1861-62. Bio. Dir. U.S. Cong., 1716-17.
6. In March, caucuses of Ohio's Union party had failed to select a senatorial candidate despite forty-nine ballots cast in four meetings. Wade finally received his party's endorsement on January 16, 1863. Daily Ohio State Journal, Mar. 12, 13, 20, 28, 1862, Jan. 17, 1863.


Autograph letter. bMS Am 1, Houghton Library, Harvard University (micro 23:0741).

Washington, Nov. 9, 1862.

My dear Sumner

I gratefully thank God that Massachusetts stands erect. Your reelection will be the triumph of our cause.1

It gives me real pleasure to be assured that my letter was of service to Mr. Hooper.2 You say it was published. I have not seen any paper containing it. Please forward one.

You ask me a hard question. "Will it do good for you to come to Washington."3 It ought to do good and I hope it will, if you come. I do not however see such a certainty of benefit that I could ask you to forego the rest and recreation which you must need

McClellan is relieved.4 That will I hope secure the advance of the Army & military activity in all directions. Every effort is now being put forth by the War Dept. to secure the earliest possible practical results in the suppression of rebellion. The enormous expenditure, alone, frightens me. In all other directions, though I do not see all I would like to see, I see nothing to dishearten but much to inspire hope and confidence.

The elections--on the whole--are well enough.5 We can still save a majority in the House, &--except the great loss of the moral prestige & influence of Wadsworth as Governor of New York--I think the result not really damaging, though we shall miss in the next Congress many noble fellows who ought to be there.

Yours Cordially


Hon Charles Sumner.

"Some of our friends here are anxious that I should go on to Washington at once, without waiting for Congress," wrote Sumner, "in order to help those influences which we wish to prevail with the Presidt." Sumner to Chase, Nov. 7, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).


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