|1.||Harris Hoyt did not secure the clearances he wanted. Little is known about him except for his previous residences in Illinois and Texas. According to later testimony, Hoyt had recently convinced Sprague, William H. Reynolds, and other business partners to supply him with vessels, one of which was the Snow Drift, and to support what became known as the "Texas adventure." Late in 1864, Federal officials arrested Hoyt for trading with the Confederacy in violation of the blockade. A special committee of the U.S. Senate later looked into the possibility that Sprague and his associates had committed treason but found inadequate evidence to implicate him. Belden and Belden, So Fell the Angels, 56-62, 141-46, 159-60, 251-58; John A. Dix to Edwin M. Stanton, March 23, 1865 ( Department of the East: Letters Sent, Recs. of U.S. Army Continental Commands, Nat. Arch.); Unlawful Traffic with Insurgents in Texas, 41st Cong., 3d sess., 1871, S. Ex. Doc. 10.|
Copy in handwriting of Kate Chase. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 23:0359).
Washington. Oct 15th. 1862.
My dear General,
I observe with pain that the opponents of the Administration have reproduced at their recent meeting in New York a letter of yours to Mr. Seward, dated March 3rd. 1861, in which you take a rapid survey of the Situation as it then presented itself to you.1
I had no knowledge of the existence of this letter until I saw it in print; & I learn from the President to-day that he had none.
It would be useless to discuss its propositions now. But is it not extremely disengenuous to use a paper, hastily drawn, at a time when the whole country was considering modes & means of pacification, as an instrument of attack on an Administration, which, if it erred at all, erred on the side of forbearance & peace. The world knows how scrupulously the President avoided a resort to the sword until the unprovoked assault on Sumter made further attempts at conciliation impossible, & forced on the country the simple alternatives of submission to compelled national dismemberment or suppression of wicked rebellion.
Certainly it can never have been your intention that your honored name should be used to the disparagement & injury of the Government which did not hesitate to adopt the latter of these alternatives I take the liberty therefore of suggesting that you write to some friend a brief note expressing your disapproval of this use; & your judgement as to the necessity of determined efforts to crush insurrection after the insurgents themselves had appealed to arms.2
Allow me to add, dear General, how deeply I feel your kindness to my girls when they were at West Point last summer. They admired & venerated you before, but your goodness to them then completely won their hearts.3
I remain with sentiments of deepest respect & affection
Yours most sincerely
S. P. CHASE
Lt. Genl. Scott.