|1.||Freeman Harlow Morse ( 1807-91), Whig and Republican congressman from Maine, 1843-45, 1857-61, accepted the appointment two days later and held the office until 1869. DAB, 13:243.|
|2.||Former Ohio Governor Thomas Corwin served as U.S. minister to Mexico, 1861-64. Ibid., 4:457-58.|
|3.||George Harrington, assistant secretary of the Treasury.|
Autograph document. Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (micro 14:0842).
If war is to be the consequence of an attempt to provision Fort Sumter, war will just as certainly result from the attempt to maintain possession of Fort Pickens1
I am clearly in favor of maintaining Fort Pickens and just as clearly in favor of provisioning Fort Sumter.
If that attempt be resisted by military force Fort Sumter should, in my judgment, be reinforced.
If war is to be the result I perceive no reason why it may not be best begun in consequence of military resistance to the efforts of the administration to sustain troops of the Union, stationed, under the authority of the Government in a Fort of the Union, in the ordinary course of service.
S: P: CHASE
March 29, 1861