|On November 30, 1861, Chase had issued a set of general regulations for Treasury Department activities in zones newly occupied by U.S. forces. The department's special agents were to gather cotton, rice, and other crops for shipment to New York. To this end the agents would enroll former slaves ("persons held to service for life under State laws") as a paid labor force. Chase also incorporated the regulations in a form letter of instructions for the new special agents, also dated November 30. Printed regulations and instructions to agents, Nov. 3, 1861 ( Port Royal Corres., Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.); New York Times, Dec. 6, 1861.|
|The Senate resolution, introduced by Benjamin F. Wade on February 9, requested details of the government's sales of cotton at New York. Chase responded eight days later, supplying accounts from Hiram Barney that itemized auctions from February through September 1862, for total sales of over $696,000. Congressional Globe, 37th Cong., 3d sess., 1863, 817; Chase to Hannibal Hamlin, Feb. 17, 1863, with accounts, in 37th Cong., 3d sess., 1863, S. Ex. Doc. 42.|
|John J. Cisco.|
|Illinois attorney, politician, and jurist William Kellogg ( 1814-72), a Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1857-63. Bio. Dir. U.S. Cong., 1295.|
|The following afternoon Chase informed Lincoln that the House of Representatives had passed the bank bill by a majority of fourteen votes. On January 17, Lincoln had used the occasion of the joint resolution authorizing funds for military pay (see Chase to William P. Fessenden, January 7, 1863 [above]) to express support for Chase's plan to promote a uniform currency through a national banking system. Chase drafted Lincoln's message on that occasion. Chase to Lincoln, [ Feb. 20, 1863 ] ( Lincoln Papers, L.C.); president's message, [ Jan. 17, 1863 ], partial draft ( Chase Papers, L.C.); copy by Homer Plantz with Chase's alterations (Chase Papers. Hist. Soc. of Pa.); printed in Basler, Collected Works, 6:60-62.|
Autograph letter. Benjamin F. Butler Papers, Library of Congress (micro 25:0511).
Washington Feb. 24, 1863.
Today Mr. Stanton showed me the orders to you to resume command of the Department of the Gulf,1 and told me that he was quite