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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE

 To Charles Sumner.

SENATE CHAMBER, Mar. 15,1850.

MY DEAR SUMNER: Thanks for your note. I wish I could have the advantage of your presence here and its consolation also.
We are in the midst of sad times, but I hope in God. He, I trust, has not yet abandoned us to the madness or mean- ness of politicians.
We have had an exciting debate this morning. Calhoun on the one side, supported by Davis of Miss. and Butler, in everything except his personal charges, came to an open rupture with Cass and Foote. I hope, in this, he will persevere.
Petitions, also, on the subject of slavery were received and referred of such a character that King of Ala. and Butler of S. C. declared that they would no longer object to the reception of any petitions whatever.
There is evidently disorder in the pro-slavery camp; I have great hope for the best.
Yours most cordially,

I mean to speak and speak fully - but when I can't say. A junior Senator, especially of my stamp, has hardly a fair chance. I have not the readiness and self-consciousness of Hale.
What is to be done next election in the 4th district?

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