The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3

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Keep me fully posted as to what you do, and do not expect too much of me in the way of letters. You know my engagements.8Yours S P CHASE Wm. P. Mellen Esq.
Mellen, who was drumming up support in the Ohio Valley states for Chase's bank bill, had written from Chicago on January 11 to lament the evident ill treatment by the Committee on Ways and Means of Chase's financial program, especially the national bank plan. Noting "confident statements of various correspondents that you are about to resign," Mellen encouraged Chase to remain in the Treasury. Mellen to Chase, Jan. 1, 11, Feb. 2, 1863 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).
The finance hill, H.R. 659.
The second legal tender act, that of July 1862.
By the terms of the ways and means bill as finally approved in March, the interest- bearing Treasury notes issued under the act would be legal tender for their face value "to the same extent as United States notes" (greenbacks). Chase had suggested this provision to Elbridge G. Spaulding's subcommittee. Statutes at Large, 12:710; Chase to Spaulding, Jan. 22, 1863 (Letters Sent to Committees of Congress, Gen. Recs. Treasury Dept., Nat. Arch.).
Here Chase meant the U.S. notes intended for the pay of the military. The joint resolution of January 17 provided for $100 million in notes; the committee's bill for H.R. 659 increased the figure to $300 million; the bill as finally passed incorporated Chase's recommendation, which reduced the number to $150 million. Chase to William P. Fessenden, Jan. 7, Chase to Elbridge G. Spaulding, Jan. 21, 1863 (both above).
Regarding the taxation of bank notes and the "Pet Bank" provision, see Chase's letter of January 21 to Elbridge G. Spaulding (above).
Chase's bank bill, H.R. 656.
Mellen had written: "I think you might spare a few minutes to me occasionally to keep me posted as to your views wishes and plans, so far as I can be useful in promoting them." Mellen to Chase, Jan. 11, 1863 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).

TO HORACE GREELEY

Letterpress copy of autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 24:0922).

Private

Washington Jany 98, 1863

My dear Sir,

Why don't you who can so well point out the path in which others ought to walk do your part towards the great & indispensable work of establishing a uniform currency? A breaking up of the Cabinet would hardly, I fear, in these last days of the Session promote the success of the legislative measures without which the President can hardly expect to carry on the war or any thing else very successfully in face of the opposition he is likely to encounter.1 Let us get the measures necessary to the success of any Republican Admn. adopted; and then let the Cabinet? be reconstituted if you will. The sooner I for one am reconstituted the better. I have neither love nor taste for the position I occupy; and have only two great regrets connected with it--one, that I ever took it;

-375-

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The Salmon P. Chase Papers - Vol. 3
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Chronology xi
  • Introduction by John Niven xv
  • Editorial Procedures xxiii
  • The Correspondence of Salmon P. Chase, 1858-March 1863 3
  • From Theodore Parker 4
  • To Gerrit Smith 7
  • From Joseph Medill 8
  • From Joseph Medill 11
  • To Abraham Lincoln 13
  • To Edward L. Pierce 14
  • To Charles Sumner 16
  • To James Monroe 18
  • To Joseph H. Barrett 20
  • To Thomas Spooner 22
  • To Richard C. Parsons 23
  • To Abraham Lincoln 27
  • From Edward I. Chase 28
  • To Robert Hosea 29
  • To Charles A. Dana 32
  • To John Greenleaf Whittier 33
  • To Ruhamah Ludlow Hunt 35
  • To George G. Fogg 37
  • To Benjamin F. Wade 40
  • To Winfield Scott 42
  • To George Opdyke 43
  • To Abraham Lincoln 46
  • To Norman B. Judd 48
  • To Abraham Lincoln 52
  • To William H. Seward 53
  • To Abraham Lincoln 54
  • From Richard Ela 55
  • From Henry W. Hoffman 56
  • To Hiram Barney 59
  • To Abraham Lincoln 60
  • To Samuel Hooper 61
  • To Alphonso Taft 62
  • To John J. Cisco 63
  • To William P. Mellen 65
  • To Jacob D. Cox 66
  • From Hiram Barney 67
  • To John Austin Stevens, Sr. 68
  • From Thomas M. Key 71
  • To George B. Mcclellan 73
  • From Jay Cooke 74
  • From Green Adams 76
  • To William P. Mellen 77
  • From William Nelson 79
  • From Green Adams 80
  • To John C. FrÉmont 83
  • To Charles P. Mcilvaine 89
  • To William Nelson 90
  • From Joshua F. Speed 91
  • From Garrett Davis 92
  • To Green Adams 94
  • From Joseph Medill 95
  • To William Tecumseh Sherman 97
  • To William Tecumseh Sherman 100
  • To Kate Chase 101
  • To James H. Walton 102
  • To Hiram Barney 103
  • To Abraham Lincoln 105
  • To Richard Smith 106
  • To Simon Cameron 107
  • To Cornelius S. Hamilton 110
  • From John J. Cisco 111
  • To John J. Cisco 112
  • From Edward L. Pierce 113
  • From William H. Reynolds 115
  • To John Austin Stevens, Sr. 118
  • From Edward L. Pierce 119
  • To Kate Chase 120
  • To Thaddeus Stevens 124
  • From William Sprague 129
  • From Mansfield French 132
  • To M. D. Potter 135
  • From Edward L. Pierce 136
  • To Hiram Barney 138
  • To James Monroe 141
  • From Edward L. Pierce 142
  • From Mansfield French 143
  • From Edward L. Pierce 146
  • To William P. Mellen 148
  • To Bradford R. Wood 151
  • From Edward L. Pierce 158
  • To Edwin M. Stanton 159
  • From William Nelson 166
  • To Jay Cooke 171
  • To Thomas M. Key 171
  • From Alexander Hays and James W. Hays 176
  • From Ormsby M. Mitchel 177
  • From Edward L. Pierce 178
  • To Jay Cooke 181
  • From Mary Peabody Mann 183
  • To Janet Chase 184
  • From Edward L. Pierce 185
  • To Janet Chase 188
  • From Edward L. Pierce 191
  • To Janet Chase 192
  • From Edward L. Pierce 197
  • To Edward L. Pierce 200
  • To David Hunter 202
  • To Murat Halstead 204
  • To Edwin M. Stanton 205
  • From Joseph Medill 206
  • To Irvin Mcdowell 207
  • To John Murray Forbes 209
  • To Edward L. Pierce 211
  • To Benjamin F. Butler 217
  • From George S. Denison 220
  • To William P. Fessenden 225
  • To Thaddeus Stevens 226
  • To Richard C. Parsons 228
  • To Edward Haight 229
  • To Benjamin F. Wade 233
  • To Benjamin F. Butler 234
  • To Edward L. Pierce 235
  • From William S. Rosecrans 239
  • To William Cullen Bryant 242
  • To Jay Cooke 246
  • From George Bancroft 249
  • From Robert Dale Owen 251
  • To William M. Dickson 254
  • From John Q. Smith 256
  • To William Cullen Bryant 258
  • To George S. Denison 261
  • From John Sherman 261
  • To John J. Cisco 265
  • To Horace Greeley 266
  • From John E. Williams 268
  • From Horatio G. Wright 270
  • To Alexander Sankey Latty 273
  • To Zachariah Chandler 275
  • To John Sherman 276
  • From Ormsby M. Mitchel 279
  • To Oran Follett 283
  • From William P. Mellen 284
  • From John Sherman 285
  • To John Jay 286
  • To William P. Mellen 287
  • To Ormsby M. Mitchel 288
  • To Napoleon Bonaparte Buford 289
  • From William Sprague 294
  • To Winfield Scott 297
  • To Jay Cooke 298
  • To Abraham Lincoln 299
  • From Hiram Barney 301
  • To William S. Rosecrans 302
  • To Hiram Barney 304
  • To Benjamin F. Butler 305
  • To Ezra Lincoln 307
  • To Richard C. Parsons 309
  • To George Opdyke 314
  • To Joseph H. Geiger 316
  • To Benjamin F. Butler 317
  • To Abraham Lincoln 318
  • From Benjamin F. Butler 320
  • From James A. Hamilton 331
  • To Joseph Medill 333
  • To Benjamin F. Butler 334
  • From George Opdyke 338
  • From Abraham Lincoln 340
  • To William H. Seward 341
  • To Thaddeus Stevens 342
  • From Simon Cameron 343
  • To Abraham Lincoln 344
  • To Abraham Lincoln 347
  • From Mansfield French 350
  • To William P. Fessenden 363
  • To Valentine B. Horton 366
  • To Elbridge G. Spaulding 368
  • To William P. Mellen 372
  • To Horace Greeley 374
  • From Horace Greeley 375
  • From John Sherman 379
  • To David Hunter 381
  • To Richard C. Parsons 382
  • To Galusha A. Grow 384
  • To Abraham Lincoln 385
  • To James A. Garfield 388
  • To Cuthbert Bullitt 389
  • To Abraham Lincoln 390
  • From George Opdyke 391
  • To George S. Denison 392
  • From George S. Denison 394
  • From Edward Bates 395
  • From George Opdyke 396
  • From Rufus Saxton 397
  • From Andrew Johnson 404
  • To William H. Aspin Wall and John Murray Forbes 407
  • To Robert J. Walker 408
  • From George S. Denison 412
  • From George S. Denison 414
  • Bibliography 421
  • Index 425
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