|NaN.||The Treasury Note Committee represented the "Associated Banks" in loan negotiations with the Treasury. In September 1861, its membership included New York bankers John Austin Stevens, Sr.; James Gallatin; John E. Williams; Washington R. Vermilye or William G. Vermilye; Moses Taylor ( 1806-82), railroad capitalist, promoter of the Atlantic Cable, and president of City Bank; and Thomas Tileston ( 1793- 1864), shipping magnate, insurance executive, financier, president of the Phoenix Bank since 1840. S. A. Mercer, president of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank of Philadelphia, and Franklin Haven, Sr., of Boston also sat on the committee. Minutes of committee meeting, Sept. 28, 1861 ( John A. Stevens Papers, New-York Hist. Soc.); DAB, 18:338, 541-42; Mercer to Chase, Jan. 6, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|NaN.||Assistant Secretary George Harrington, Chief Clerk Gilbert Rodman, the fifth auditor, and at least two other Treasury employees were ill. Chase to Harrington, Dec. 29, 1861 ( Huntington Lib.).|
Autograph letter. Port Royal Correspondence, Records of Civil War Special Agencies of the Treasury Department (Record Group 366), National Archives (micro 18:0763).
This to be handed toMr Chaseat once, as it is in answer to his request
Boston 29 Dec 1861 26 Old State House
Hon Salmon P Chase
As I promised at our interview on Friday I have made my decision today on the project of going to Port Royal 1 / Under all the circumstances, I do not feel at liberty to decline and will go in the earliest conveyance of next week, preferring however not to leave New York before Tuesday--leaving here on Monday evening.
Please send my certificate or commission to Hiram Barney Collector2 with such other testimonials as shall secure for me from the officers in command personal confidence and effective cooperation
There will I presume be no necessity of my going again to Washington--and I should prefer not to go again unless thought advisable by you.
I know nothing of Col Reynolds3--but I hope that there will be no difference between us as to the system and principles of dealing with these people whom Providence has intrusted to our care. If we do not agree, I shall be entirely willing to return.
It may prove necessary to have a few young men of religious fervor and humanity to aid as teachers and in appealing to the religious element, through which the negroes may be brought in sympathy with us. Of this I will inform you more fully when I am on the ground. Mr Barney knows a young man fitted by experience at the Five Points.4
Please have some one ascertain at the War and Navy Departments what is the earliest conveyance after this week, and have me informed by telegraph at once to Boston where I shall be until then, so that I shall know what to rely on.