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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE
To Messrs M. and C.E.
Sutliff, Warren, Trumbull County,Ohio.
CIN. Apr. 30, 1849.
GENT. Your note by your nephew Sam'l. was rec'd. this morning. As I know nobody in California, the best I could do for him was to give him a letter of general introduction, which I did in such terms as I thought would do him most service.
The Whig Papers keep up their
attacks on me and my friends, and I keep on never minding. I am
satisfied that what was done last winter in the way of martial
cooperation between Freesoilers and Democrats was right
, and will be attended by the happiest consequences to the great cause, to which eight of the last years of my life have been devoted. I care little therefore for the railing of the Taylorites, or even of the Beaver & Chaffee Freesoilers, so called. The worst that I wish to these last, or even indeed to the first, is that their eyes may be opened, and their hearts purged of the old leaven of Whigism, that they may see the truth of Free Democracy & love it.
I have sometimes thought of
writing an exposition of my position and action, but have been
withheld by considerations akin to those which influenced Dr.
Beecher under similar circumstances. You know the story, perhaps;
but lest you may not have heard it I will tell it to you. On one
occasion the Doctor was going home to Walnut Hills and saw a
suspicious looking animal by the roadside. The Dr. is a little
abstracted, and, the sight of the animal stirring up his combative
propensities, he, at once, launched at it a quarto volume which he
was carrying under his arm. The skunk
returned the salutation with compound interest, and the Doctor was glad to beat a hasty retreat. Soap and water did their best for him and his garments, but some, time elapsed before either he or they were tolerable again. Years, afterwards, the Doctor was asked why he did not reply to some scurrilous pamphlet put forth against him. "I have learned better," was his pithy reply: "I once issued a whole quarto against a skunk and got the worst of it."
Give my best regards to our friends in Warren, particularly, Judge King & Hoffman & Hutchins & believe me
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