|Garfield's letter of February 15, 1863 (above). Garfield wondered if he should resign from the army and enter Congress.|
Letterpress copy of autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 25:0535).
Confidential & Unofficial
Washington, Feb. 26, 1863.
My dear Mr. Bullitt,
I am informed that a large number of Speculators & others have gone to New Orleans, hoping to find you more indulgent and less watchful than Mr. Denison has been.1 You will doubtless find plenty of such folks already there: and you will find a plenty more who will hope to induce you to make removals of those appointed by Mr. Denison with my approval and put their precious selves in the vacant places.
Now I must tell you frankly that my chief fear in relation to you has been & is that your generous temper may lead you to give way to solicitations which ought to be resisted; but then I reflect that such a fear must do injustice to one who displayed such fortitude & heroism as you did in resisting all endeavors to induce you to abandon the cause of the Union.
I write to let you know what I have heard; what I have feared; and what reassures me. All I ask of you is to take Mr. Denison into your confidence; make him your trusted counsellor; and follow up what he has so well begun. Write me soon & fully.2
S P CHASE
Cuthbert Bullitt Esq.
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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: 390.
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