|2.||Chase had sent a copy of his Message of the Governor of Ohio, to the Fifty-Third General Assembly, at the Regular Session, Commencing January 4, 1858 ( Columbus, 1858). In the letter, Chase expressed admiration for Parker, discussed prospects for the destruction of slavery, and considered his own role in the antislavery movement. "I work in the political field," Chase wrote. "It is mine, because God seems to have better fitted me for it than for any other. It seems to me I can do some good in it." Chase to Parker, Mar. 25, 1858 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.), partially published in Weiss, Parker, 2:520.|
|3.||"Debt is not always an evil," Chase claimed. "Loans wisely invested by the borrower . . . often afford essential aid in the development of resources, and even create the means of their own liquidation. . . . But with every allowance for these considerations," he cautioned, "this mass of indebtedness remains a subject of by no means agreeable contemplation." Chase, Message, 8.|
|4.||Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, Republican governor of Massachusetts. 1858-60. DAB, 1:578.|
|5.||Rev. 12:12. "The future to me looks very hopeful," Chase wrote earlier in the month. "The Devil certainly has come down in great wrath these last few years, but he knows that his lime is short." Chase to Parker, Mar. 3, 1858 ( Chase Papers. Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|
|6.||That is, John C. Frémont, Republican candidate in the presidential election of 1856.|
|7.||Radical Republicans in Massachusetts had successfully pressured Banks to dismiss Edward Greely Loring ( 1802-90), judge of probate and U.S. commissioner, for Loring's role in returning fugitive slaves. To satisfy moderates, Banks asked for repeal of selected provisions in the state's "personal liberty law," one of many such measures in the north intended to hinder or prevent enforcement of the federal Fugitive Slaw Act. Fred Harvey Harrington, Fighting Politician: Major General N. P. Banks ( Philadelphia, 1948), 45-46; Charles Lanman, Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States . . . ( Washington, D.C., 1876), 307; Potter, Impending Crisis, 138-39; Quinquerinial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates Harvard University, 1636-1915 ( Cambridge, Mass., 1915), 178.|
|8.||Banks's predecessor, Joseph Henry Gardner ( 1818-92), American party governor. 1855-58. DAB, 7:142.|
|9.||Most likely Parker The Present Aspect of Slavery in America and the Immediate Duty of the North: A Speech Delivered in the Hall of the State House, Before the Massachusetts' Anti Slavery Convention, on Friday Night, January 29, 1858 ( Boston, 1858).|
Autograph letter on letterhead stationery. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 12:0064).
STATE OF OHIO,
Columbus, March 3o, 1858.
My dear friend, 1
I have thought much of you lately & it has been on my mind to write you. Tonight your note came & my heart said, Write now. 2 Did I send you my message this year?3 As you do not allude to it it may be I did not. I send you one now & hope you will read it. I am sure the part relating to slavery is broad enough even for you.
The little prison incident to which such wide currency has been given took place substantially as related. Our friend French of the Painesville Telegraph happened to be present & wrote an account of it