interference by the Fedl. Govt. with Slavery beyond that made necessary
by the insurrectn. & consequent mil. necessity. If slaves run away I am
not for having Fedl. soldiers run after them, because masters profess loyalty. Let the masters resort to civil process & let the troops mind their
own business, interfering neither one way nor the other. If any persons
of any complexion or condition offer themselves to the U.S., in the war,
I am for receiving them & employing them in civil or mil. services as
circumstances may require. If it shall turn out that those recd. were
slaves & that their masters were loyal, I wd compensate them fairly for
their loss of services; but under no circumstances shd. any person once
recd. into the service of the U.S. be reduced to Slavery.I am sorry to observe the inconsiderate approval given to Gen. F's.
ineffectual Proclamn. You may rely upon it that Acts, not Proclamns.,
will advance the causeAnother thg. None are so apt to impute bad motives to others as they
who are conscious of them themselves. I am vy. certain that nobody
here has ever been actuated by any jealousy of Gen. F's probable elevation. He was generously appt. & he was generously sustained. If his
frds. ascribe to jealousy a line of conduct wh. his own acts compel the
Prest. to take, it is difft. to resist the inference that they are animated by
politl. aspirations, wh., at the present crisis, no Patriot can indulge. He
who is thinkg. abt. the Prescy. in 1864, cannot properly perform the
duties of 1861.Shd. you take a notion to come to Washn., as you suggest you may,
you will find plenty of room; & as to cost you can suit yr. slf, from $10 to
$50. From me, you will receive the welcome of an old friendYours cordially, S: P: CHASE Jesse Stubbs, Esq.
| Stubbs, a resident of West Elkton, Ohio, had worked with Chase in the antislavery
movement since the mid 1840s. Stubbs to Chase, Oct. 23, 1844, Jan. 29, 1846, Aug. 7, 1848, Aug. 9, 1849 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Autograph letter. Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (micro 18:0108).
Ty. Dt.1 Nov. 9, 1861
My dear Sir,
I am not sure whether it was or was not determined last evening to organize a Dept. west of the Missouri & place Gen. Hunter in command.2
The more I have reflected on this the more I am convinced of its inexpediency.
The effect, I fear, will be to produce very injurious complications.
The Colonels of the Kansas Regiments, to say nothing of General Lane,