I observe certain items, however, such as that of the shipment of acids to Bowling Green, which, it seems to me, should not have been allowed. These acids were procured, doubtless, for telegraphing purposes.-- Too large a mass of provisions, also, has been allowed to go to Bowling Green, which could not be for any other purpose than supplies to Tennessee.
I appreciate the difficulties which must surround an officer of the Customs acting in a loyal city, whose commercial interests connect it so directly with the insurrectionary States; and in the interest of which he is constantly urged to enlarge, especially in directions which seem least harmful, its trade, now necessarily restricted. But the interests of a city, or even of a State, must not be allowed to prevail even in the slightest degree against the interests of the country at large, and the Surveyor cannot keep too watchful a guard, nor exercise too strict a discrimination, over the shipment of articles which may render aid and comfort to the rebels.
Yours very truly,
S. P. CHASE,
Sec. of the Treasury.
Wm. D. Gallagher,
Sp. Agt., Louisville, Ky.
Autograph letter. William Tecumseh Sherman Papers, Library of Congress (micro 17:0654).
Washington Oct. 13 1861
My dear General,
Your telegram asking an "assurance that ample supply of money will be given" &c was received a few moments ago, and my answer that "to the extent of means in the Treasury all requisitions for your command will be promptly answered" is already on its way to you.1
I wish I could have said absolutely that all requisitions for your troops will be immediately responded to. It will not be my fault if they are not. I know the great importance of the work confided to you, and want to render you every aid in my power. To a considerable extent I shall feel warranted in giving preference to requisitions for you.
But there is a limit to possibilities. The country has responded nobly to my call for means: but after all experience shows that about a million a day is all that we can hope to realize from home resources; and it is vain to look abroad until some decisive success shall have satisfied European Capitalists, small as well as great, that the cause of the Union will triumph & that at no very distant day.
For the last six weeks requisitions have largely exceeded even the great sum of a million a day--so largely that the unpaid requisitions,