Private Columbus, Nov. 10, 1860.My dear Sir,1I do not know what to say in reply to your wish that I may go into Mr. Lincoln's cabinet,2 except to thank you for the implied appreciation, by which I am ashamed to confess myself not the less gratified because conscious that it goes beyond my deserts.Certainly I do not seek any such place. I greatly prefer my position as Senator and would indeed prefer to that a private Station could I now honorably retire.For, of the great objects which first constrained me into political life, one, the overthrow of the Slave Power, is now happily accomplished, and the other, the denationalization of slavery and the consequent inauguration of an era of constitutional enfranchisement, seems sure to follow;--so that I do not feel any longer that I have "a mission," and therefore allow myself to grow somewhat weary of the harness. But for the present I cannot get unyoked: and must work on awhile longer.And I greatly prefer to work in a legislative than in an administrative position. It is more pleasant on many accounts. Still I do not say that I would refuse the post you refer to. Indeed it would be rather superfluous to decline what has not been offered. Neither do I say I would accept it:--but only this;--that if the offer were made, without any urgency on the part of my friends & under circumstances otherwise agreeable to me I should feel bound to consider it honestly & carefully, with the help of the best advisers I could consult, & should be governed in my decision not so much by my personal inclinations as by my obligations to the cause & its true & faithful friends.I thank you for giving my Covington Speech a place in the Tribune. It has attracted a good deal of attention & will, I hope do some good.3Please give my best regards to Mr. Greeley,--who will, I trust, now find appreciation in some measure proportioned to his great services--and to your other colaborers. How your work shames ours!Sincerely your friend, S: P: CHASE Chas. A. Dana, Esq
Autograph letter. Charles A. Dana Papers, Library of Congress ( micro 14:0058).
|At this time, Dana helped edit Horace Greeley New York Tribune. DAB, 5:50.|
|Dana had suggested the position of Treasury secretory. "Without you, I do not see how we can hope to resist the vast power and unknown genius of the thieves," he wrote. Dana to Chase, Nov. 7, 1860 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|