In reply I have to state that I have examined them with some care,
and think they are judiciously prepared and well calculated to carry out
the designs of the Treasury Department in confining the trade and
commerce in the rebellious states within proper limits. I have suggested some few alterations in the details, not very material, which Mr. Mellen of your Dep't has no doubt submitted to your consideration. I
would respectfully suggest, however, for your consideration, the policy
of making some provision to enable loyal families residing in many
portions of the Valley of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, and
living at no great distance from those rivers, to procure the needful supplies of the prime necessaries of life. I know the furnishing of
supplies in such cases will require great care to guard against abuse;
but if entrusted to a person of inflexible integrity and patriotism, the
supplies can be safely furnished without danger.If it should be your determination to adopt such policy, I would suggest that Allen A. Hall Esq of Nashville, Tennessee, might, with entire
safety and advantage to the public interests be allowed to furnish supplies in the cases above referred to.2
It is believed that he might at
the same time be able to render service to the Treasury and War Department by reporting all irregularities of trade, and violations of
established regulations.Very Respy,Your Obt. Sert.
|1. ||Following the approval, on
March 12, of "An Act to provide for the Collection of
abandoned Property," Chase prepared instructions for the Treasury's special agents. The
new regulations, issued
March 31, created five special agencies, each managed by a supervising special agent, for the control of trade around the margins of the Confederacy. Chase could also empower the department's agents to receive captured and abandoned
property. Chase to Johnson, Mar. 26, 1863 ( Johnson Papers, L.C.); Statutes at Large, 12:820-21; Commercial Intercourse with and in States Declared in Insurrection, and the Collection
of Abandoned and Captured Property ( Washington, 1863), 31-38, 41-43; Chase to William P.
Mellen, two letters of Apr. 4, 1863 ( General Agent, Letters Received: Sec. of Treasury,
Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.).|
|2. || Hall (d. 1867), an attorney and journalist, had served as assistant secretary of the
U.S. Treasury, 1849-50. During 1863 he received an appointment as U.S. minister to Bolivia. Appletons', 7:535.|
TO WILLIAM H. ASPIN WALL AND JOHN MURRAY FORBES
Letterpress copy of letter in clerk's hand, signed by Chase. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 25:0960).
March 30, 3.
Nothing, since Mr. Aspinwall's departure, has changed the aspect of