|Chase made the appointment by authority of the national loan act of July 17, 1861. Chase to Cooke, Mar. 7, 1862 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|
|Chase to Cooke, Mar. 22, 1862 (Letters Sent, Loan Division, Recs. of Bureau of Public Debt, Nat. Arch.).|
|Chase issued the instructions regarding Archibald Mclntyre (at Philadelphia) and John Jay Cisco (at New York) on April 23. Chase to Cooke, Apr. 23, 1862 ( Cooke Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|
Autograph letter. ( Chase Papers, Library of Congress ( micro 20:0359).
Concord Mass.1 April 26th. 1862
Hon. S. P. Chase
My dear Sir,
I have hesitated for sometime about writing to you, knowing your manifold engagements, & the excellent reporters that are in the field of labor in which I feel so much interest--but if you are endeavoring, as I understand to be the case, to form some good plan of paying the free colored labor of the Port Royal blacks, every hint may assist you. Of course I have no doubt it is the intention of government to pay them, but I well know there must be some system formed that will apply to the whole. I received this letter which has been published in our Concord paper a few weeks since, and the plan of Mr. Zachos whom I well know, as he was Principal of the Preparatory School of Antioch College, strikes me as so admirable a one that I wish you to see it.2He is on a small island, which seems to be in excellent train. Can a better system be devised than his, of selling the clothing at a moderate price instead of giving it away? It is very important that he or some other Superintendent should actually send back moneys so collected, to be reinvested, in order that more supplies may be secured. Concord, has already given money during the last year two dollars a head for every man woman & child in the town, BESIDES a constant stream of supplies of clothing & niceties to soldiers and hospitals. The feeling is that the war will sometime end, but that the demand for the necessities of the negroes will increase with time rather than diminish, and altho' there is good will, so large and unlimited a demand it is not easy to meet. This difficulty is increased by the chronic but absurd prejudice that the freed slaves will never be able to take care of themselves, but will always be objects of charity if allowed to stay in the country. If it could be demonstrated soon that they can pay something for their own wants, I do not think it would be difficult to induce the various towns to raise a definite sum to be invested in cloth, because it could be reinvested. We learn from Miss Walker's letters--I have had one from her myself-- that what has been sent has done so little toward supplying the wants that it seems as if nothing had been done. In almost every New England