|Chase and his daughter Kate arrived in the city on April 25. He was on his way back to Ohio by May 8. Chase denied rumors of lobbying for the Republican presidential nomination while in Washington, but admitted that "my visit at this time gives some show of reason to them, and it was this fact that made me very reluctant to come." Chase to James A. Briggs, Apr. 29, May 8, 1860 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Chase to Henry D. Cooke, May 5, 1860 ( Huntington Lib.); Chase to Parsons, Apr. 25, 1860 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|
|Due to heavy rains, broken levees, and at least one tornado. Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Apr. 13, 1860.|
|The Ohio General Assembly had outlined the requirements and duties of public works officials on April 12, 1858, and March 24, 1860. Chase may have disagreed with provisions that established three-year terms for members of the board of public works and permitted dismissals only in cases of conflict of interest. The Revised Statutes of the State of Ohio, of a General Nature, in Force August 1, 1860, 2 vols. ( Cincinnati, 1860), 1236-43.|
|Chase apparently wanted John Sherman to help convince Pennsylvania Republicans of his agreement with them on the need for a protective tariff. Halstead, Caucuses of 1860, 139.|
|U.S. Supreme Court justice John McLean was a Republican presidential contender in the elections of 1856 and 1860. DAB, 12:128.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 13:0786).
Chicago 13 May.
My Dear Friend.
Your letter is just received--and I reply hastily.1
A large number of delegates have arrived and are comparing notes. I have never deceived you and shall not begin now. I do not believe from present indications that Seward or yourself will be nominated. The pressure against him from Pennsylvania, Indiana--& Illinois is as strong as it possibly can be. The delegates from Indiana--who are apparently very sincere--declare defeat with him to be certain. The delegates from Indiana say that for similar reasons, they cannot carry the state for you. They say they can carry Lincoln, McLean or Bates--Pennsylvania delegates insist on Cameron but he is out of the question. Curtin,2 who appears to be a sincere man & not under Camerons control says, they could carry Fessenden3
You will be sustained by votes from New Hampshire, R.I. Conn, Mass. & your own state--And the best men all say you would make a splendid President.
Believe me in such things as these it is not the activity of friends who determine the result. It is the mere exigency of the moment--the current or drift of popular sentiment which cannot be controlled by friends. One hundred Thurlow Weeds cannot nominate Seward if he does not happen to suit the fancy of the hour. There are times when a friend may do much--and at such times you may rely on me--After the