|1.||Chase's date is ambiguous and could be read as March 10, but a clerk's letterbook copy (Chase Papers, L.C.) confirms March 1l.|
|2.||Chase's secretary at this time was Lewis Lippett Rice. In February, Seward had requested reappointment for Theodore Stuyvesant, apparently a New York lawyer, as a commissioner for what seems to have been the Ohio state sinking fund. New York Dir. (1863), 1:243-42; Seward to Chase, Feb. 2, 1858 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Joseph R. comp. Swan, The Revised Statutes of the State of Ohio, of a General Nature in Force August 1, 1860, 2 vols. ( Cincinnati, 1860), 1:234-42.|
|3.||On March 3, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Seward delivered a speech against the proslavery Lecompton Constitution proposed for Kansas. The address represented part of a rare political alliance between Republican senators and Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, who also opposed the constitution because it implicitly rejected the doctrine of popular sovereignty. Congressional Globe, 35th Cong., 1st sess., 1858, 939-45; David M. Potter , The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 ( New York, 1976, 307, 318-25.|
|4.||"Popular sovereignty is an epic of two parts," said Seward. "Part the first presents freedom in Kansas lost. Part the second, it you will so consent to write it shall be freedom in Kansas regained." Congressional Globe, 35th Cong., 1st sess., 1858, 943|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 12:0054).
Washington March 26th 1858
The Lecompton question will come up in the House on Thursday, I! can be (defeated in one way and in no other, That way is to vote for the amendment, or substitute offered by Mr Crittenden in the senate and for which all the Republican senators voted except Mr Durkee of Wisconsin,1
I am in doubt about it, Many of our Republican friends in the House are in doubt about it, I am opposed to it, "per se" and the question is, whether it is policy to vote for it or against it, My convictions are opposed to it, Still would it not be better to vote for it, and by so doing defeat the administration, That is the question, I have have had a long talk today with Col Medary, who appears to be very earnestly your friend as against other Republicans,2 He thinks the true policy for your friends to pursue is opposition to the amendment of Mr Crittenden, I have just had a call from Humphry Marshall and Mr Underwood of Kentucky3 and they think that I can induce the Republicans to go for it, and thus defeat the administration and to use their own words "make the biggest and best party that we have ever seen and beat the Buchananites North and south," I heard all that they had to say but gave no opinion of my own, I promised to think of the matter consult with our Republican members from Ohio and see them next week,