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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE

To E. S. Hamlin.

FEB. 2, 1850.

You have seen Clay's Compromise resolutions - sentiment for the north substance for the south - just like the Missouri Compromise - all that is in issue given up by the nonslaveholders - unsubstantial concessions of matters not in issue by the slaveholders. The great discussion is now evidently near at hand and I must speak. Well, I have broken the ice, & though all circumstances have conspired to prevent any adequate preparation on my part, I will speak. Perhaps the sling & the five stones from the brook will again avail against Goliah.
Hutchins speech on the Apportionment Law was an admirable one. Give my regards to all our friends believe me

P. S. If you get the right kind of a man with you in the Board of Public Works remember James Kelly. Do you know James Brooks of Dayton ? He will wish to be associate Judge of Montgomery? And if you know no reason to the contrary I shall be glad to have you speak a good word for him.

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