|"Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name, give glory."|
|Garfield had been elected to Congress in 1862 but did not resign his commission in the army until late 1863. DAB, 7:146.|
|At one point on his missionary tours, St. Paul faced strenuous opposition from residents of Ephesus--" beasts," in his terms. Bromily, Bible Enyclopedia, 2:117; 1 Cor. 15:32.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 25:0377).
Washn. Feb. 16, 1863.
My dear Parsons,
Your affectionate and generous letters always give me the greatest pleasure: only I by no means think myself entitled to the expressions of gratitude which they contain. Whatever I have done to promote your interests has been fully merited by your services to our cause, setting aside altogether every consideration of your constant support to myself. If there were more such men to serve--I should be delighted.
I am sorry and mortified by Dangler's misconduct of which I had heard nothing until I received your letter or since except from your letter. I remember Stanton doubted him, and only appointed him on the strength of your recommendations and mine. Why couldn't he be honest.
Wade seems all right and I shall trust him fully. Whether disappointed or not I shall feel that I have taken the generous and patriotic part, and shall have nothing wherewith to reproach myself
I have been quite unwell again lately but am now nearly well--probably about as nearly well as I can ever expect to be. Five years down the declivity which steepens so much after fifty; and one can't expect to feel quite like a young man.
My present anxiety is chiefly concerning the banking bill. I am sorry that I ever had to bring it forward; but I fully believe in its absolute necessity as things now are; and I believe too that through the plan it proposes, rightly enunciated in law and rightly directed in administration, the best practicable currency for this currency can be obtained.
As to the War I know nothing except what everybody knows--I have no share in its administration, but, perforce, put my trust in the President, Stanton, and Halleck, resolved to do my part in my special sphere so that I shall have at least nothing with which greatly to reproach myself.
Write me often. Give my love to your wife & children, & best respects to Judge S-----1
Oh! I came near forgetting politics altogether. My idea is that all Republicans & all Democrats who love the country better than Slavery should unite; signify their Union by boldly assuming the name of Democratic Republicans; and fight political battles on principles