|mond, Sovereignty and an Empty Purge: Banks and Politics in the Civil War ( Princeton, 1970), 46-47, 93-94.|
|Walton had drawn on local banks due to a storage of U.S. funds at Philadelphia. Chase to Walton, Oct. 14, 1861 (Letters Sent, Loan Division, Recs. of Bureau of Public Debt, Nat. Arch.).|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 17:0918).
Washington, Oct. 28, 1861
My dear Mr. Barney,
Reverdy Johnson needs no introduction from me to you. He is a candidate for the Legislature in Baltimore at the special instance of the friends of the Union & the Government: and knows of course all about Maryland. He thinks the State Committee need from fifteen hundred to three thousand dollars more than they can raise at home to pay legitimate expences incident to the election. I hope our friends in New York will respond to his wishes
S P CHASE
H. Barney Esq
Johnson had already gained a reputation as a constitutional attorney, senator, U.S. attorney general, and Maryland state legislator. DAB, 10:112-13.
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 18:0014).
Washington, Novem. 1st 1861.
My dear friend.1
You may be very sure that if Genl F.2 is recalled from his high command, his Proclamn. will not be the cause. That Proclamn.--however gd. in itself, was an act of insubordination; but the Prest. never entertained the idea of recalling him for it.
My own conviction is that Genl F's position in regard to slaves is not the true one. It's only effect wd. be to excite alarm discontent & animosity without effecting a single step of Anti-Slavery progress. A Proclamn. declaring the slaves of rebels free, frees nobody. The quesn., Who is a Rebel, & Who are the Slaves of rebels, must be decided upon trial & proof & Gen. F. had no authority to institute courts for such proceedings. Practically, it is imposs. to discriminate bet. the slaves of loyal & disloyal masters, in treatment; & when Genl. F. undertakes to make the discrimn., by freeing the slaves of rebel & using the army to catch & return the slaves of loyal masters, he undertakes a task wh he cannot accomplish except in a small number of cases.
For my own part I am opposed to using the army for catching & returning slaves at all. I stand where I always have stood, agt. any