|Follett had written on September 11, expressing alarm over recent military setbacks for the Union. "For God's sake," he urged, "and for the sake of all that is dear to Country and to Liberty, let this movement without results be put a stop to." Follett to Chase, Sept. 11, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|Lincoln had issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22. Basler, Collected Works, 5:433-36.|
|Follett replied: "you cannot resign now --that is out of the question." He went on to lament the lack of effective military leadership and the role played by the U.S. Military Academy in promoting pro-Southern attitudes among army officers. Follett to Chase, Oct. 6, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
Autograph letter. Customs Bureau Special Agents, Reports and Correspondence, c. 1865-1915, Records of the Bureau of Customs (Record Group 36), National Archives.
Cincinnati Sept. 26, 1862
Mr. Gallagher and I do not understand alike as to our duties in enquiring into the antecedents of cotton offered for shipment at any port with which commerce is open.
I do not understand that I am to investigate the morals of transactions, connected with any lot of cotton previous to its shipment from any port where our official duties are exercised,--nor how it got there, even,--nor where it came from nor who raised or owned it, except, possibly, as far as may be necessary to learn whether, it is liable to confiscation.--And if even this enquiry be made, it is doubtful whether much, if any, of the Cotton we get, if the title be followed back to the original owner, will escape liability under the confiscation act.
As strong a case as I know of against my construction of my official duty, occurred here a short time ago, viz: