Letter in clerk's hand on letterhead stationery, signed by Wright. Letters Received from Executive Officers (AB Series), General Records, Department of the Treasury (Record Group 56), National Archives (micro 22:0851).
Head-Quarters Department of the Ohio.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 15th. 1862.
Hon S. P. Chase
Secretary of State Washington, D.C.
Judge Hoadley of this city, who visits Washington, has done me the honor, in connection with other prominent citizens, to volunteer his services on my staff, and is therefore in position to explain to you the condition of affairs in this portion of the Department of the Ohio. Being a citizen of this place yourself, you will I am sure take a personal, as well as an official interest in anything that concerns its welfare.
The Judge will represent to you the condition of the city at the time of the rebel advance upon it,1 and the steps that had to be taken for its defense by putting a stop to all business, and calling out the citizens for military duty and fatigue labor in the lines and batteries. This condition of things could not long exist without heavy sacrifices to the business interests of the city, and great suffering on the part of certain classes of the population dependent on their daily labor for support, and it had become imperatively necessary, now that the danger to the city is not immediately pressing, to lift most of the restrictions that had been imposed, and permit business to resume its accustomed channels.2
This I have done today, on the recommendation of prominent citizens, first receiving from them, however, the assurance that, thro' their agency, a sufficient working force for completing the defenses should be provided.
To insure the assembling of this labor, however, it is necessary that it should be paid for; and money has been provided by a committee for this purpose. Without incurring any obligation in the matter, I have expressed the opinion that the money thus expended would be refunded by the General Government, and have promised to recommend it.
Anything therefore that you can do toward this end I trust you will do. It seems to be only justice to the citizens, who have responded so promptly, that the money they have advanced should be returned.
I look upon the sucessful defense of Cincinnati as of the first importance, and shall not hesitate to take any responsibility which may be needed to that end; nor shall I risk another disaster like the defeat at Richmond, Ky, by bringing the raw levies composing our force against the disciplined forces of the enemy in the field, till I feel assured this city can be made safe.3