A. LINCOLN.P.S. Same as above sent to Gov. Chase AL.P.S. Same as above sent to Gov. Seward. AL.Note-- Postscripts like the above are to respective letters.
Corner E. & 6th Streets1My dear Governor,I have received your note and also a call from Mr. Nicolay to whom I have promised an answer to the President tomorrow morning.2My reflections strengthen my conviction that being once honorably out of the Cabinet, no important public interest now requires my return to it. If I yield this judgment it will be in deference to apprehensions which really seem to me unfounded.I will sleep on it.Yours truly
Autograph letter. William H. Seward Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester Library (micro 24:0004).
S P Chase Hon W. H Seward
|Based on its contents and confirmed by a copy printed in Jacob Schuckers's biography of Chase, this letter was written on December 21, 1862. During the Civil War, Chase leased a Greek Revival mansion at the northwest corner of the intersection of 6th and E Streets, N.W., in Washington. The house, built in 1851, was razed in 1936. Schuckers , Chase, 490; James M. Goode, Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings ( Washington, D.C., 1979), 51-52.|
|See Chase to Lincoln, December 22, 1862 (below).|
Autograph letter. Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (micro 24:0319).
Treasury Department, Decr 22, 1862.
On Saturday afternoon I received your note addressed to Mr. Seward and myself desiring us to resume the charge of our respective Departments.1
I had just written you a letter expressing quite another judgment; and that you may fully understand my sentiments I now send it to you.2