|Garfield's letter of February 15, 1863 (above). Garfield wondered if he should resign from the army and enter Congress.|
Letterpress copy of autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 25:0535).
Confidential & Unofficial
Washington, Feb. 26, 1863.
My dear Mr. Bullitt,
I am informed that a large number of Speculators & others have gone to New Orleans, hoping to find you more indulgent and less watchful than Mr. Denison has been.1 You will doubtless find plenty of such folks already there: and you will find a plenty more who will hope to induce you to make removals of those appointed by Mr. Denison with my approval and put their precious selves in the vacant places.
Now I must tell you frankly that my chief fear in relation to you has been & is that your generous temper may lead you to give way to solicitations which ought to be resisted; but then I reflect that such a fear must do injustice to one who displayed such fortitude & heroism as you did in resisting all endeavors to induce you to abandon the cause of the Union.
I write to let you know what I have heard; what I have feared; and what reassures me. All I ask of you is to take Mr. Denison into your confidence; make him your trusted counsellor; and follow up what he has so well begun. Write me soon & fully.2
S P CHASE
Cuthbert Bullitt Esq.