getting him made Brigadier. I could not refrain from imparting my gratification to you. Garfield, I presume does not yet know through whom he gets his commission.
What about Senator? Some of our friends have desired to use my name but I do not wish to be classed among candidates. It is very important to have a true man & not a compromiser--no matter how worthy otherwise--and not a weak man at any rate. Wade is strong & faithful. His name was used greatly to the prejudice of our union & power as Republicans & not as little to my [injury] in 1860 & he might have prevented that use and should, as a Republican loyal to the decision of his political friends, have prevented it. Of course, if a Republican equally faithful &, especially now that the Whig Wing so to speak is so ably represented by Mr Sherman, if from the Democratic Wing--Judge Spalding for instance--could be elected I should prefer him to Wade.
Wade will have already occupied the place twelve years when his present [ illeg. ] shall expire there seems no want of equity in taking such a man as Judge Spalding, whose weight in the Senate would fully equal Wades & would as certainly be always on the right side. To me of course it would be very gratifying to have a personal friend in the Senate--I mean that sort of a friend whom one can always confidently & freely consult, sure of sympathy if not [of concurrence]. Such a friend Judge Spalding has always proved himself to be; and such a friend I cannot expect to find either in Wade or Sherman; though I feel the utmost confidence in both of them.
But I have said a good deal more than I intended and will add no more than a single request that this letter be considered as confidential and that you reply to me in the same confidence.
Very Cordially yours
S P CHASE
Hon James Monroe
|Monroe, at this time president pro tem of the Ohio Senate, was grieving his wife's recent death. Columbus Gazette, Apr. 18, 1862; Monroe to Chase, Mar. 7, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|Two weeks earlier, Chase had notified Monroe of James A. Garfield's commission as brigadier general. Chase to Monroe, Feb. 17, 1862 ( Garfield Papers, L.C.).|
Letter in clerk's hand, signed by Pierce. Port Royal Correspondence, Records of Civil War Special Agencies of the Treasury Department (Record Group 366), National Archives (micro 19:0810).
Port Royal. March 8th. 1862.
Hon. Salmon P. Chase.
We arrived here yesterday about one o'clock P.M. I send you this hurried report, so as not to lose the mail, intending to send one soon,