The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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unknown. Geiger to Chase, Nov. 7, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio . . . ( Cleveland, 1880), 79.
2. Chase referred to his controversial election, early in 1849, as U.S. senator from Ohio. Geiger, writing on November 7, had reported dining with Republican Congressman Valentine Baxter Horton: "He said you were head and shoulders above the other members of the cabinet, and, from having hated you very strongly had grown into his respect because your statesmanship had forced the growth." Geiger to Chase, Nov. 7, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Chase Papers, 1:199-208, 2:213-19, 222, 226-29.
3. See Chase to Wade, November 2, 1862 (above).

FROM HIRAM BARNEY

Clerk's copy on letterhead stationery. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 23:0786).

1 Priv: 372 (Copy)

Custom House, New-York, Collector's Office, November 12th, 1862

Sir--

You will doubtless remember that at several personal interviews occurring during the past year I referred to certain existing facts leading me to the conclusion that frauds had been practiced upon the government, in the entries of goods at this Custom House and that such frauds could not have been consummated without the connivance of some of the Custom House employees; and that on one occasion I took with me and exhibited to you and the Assistant Secretary1 a number of invoices and entries of former years, to some of which invoices there were attached protests evidently new, while some of the entries bore marks of mutilation and alteration.

These facts, together with the absence from the files of invoices and entries required for exhibition in Court, in suits prosecuted or defended by the Government, and for the investigation of claims for the return of duties alledged to have been illegally exacted, were among the grounds of my convictions.

Notwithstanding many of the transactions to be investigated occurred during the administrations of several of my predecessors, some of them during Collector Maxwells term,2 you encouraged my efforts to discover these frauds and the author of them. You also approved of proposed stringent preventive regulations.

Conferences were held in this City and at Washington, by your direction, between the officers of the Customs and the Solicitor 3 and other officers of the Treasury, with the view of preparing and submitting for your consideration measures for the detection and prevention of frauds, whether perpetrated at home or meditated abroad, upon the revenue. These conferences resulted in various measures for the protection of the revenue, one of which was the draft of a bill, which, after revision and amendment by yourself, was transmitted by you to the Committee on Commerce for the action of Congress. Had the bill as

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