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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE
NEW YORK, May 1st, 1864.
DEAR SIR: I did not sail on Saturday as the Steamship
"Evening Star" was detained until Wednesday (to-morrow). I start for New Orleans therefore, to-morrow.
The Louisiana Delegation to the Baltimore Convention arrived here yesterday. They are unanimous for Lincoln, under instructions from the State Convention which elected them.
From other friends who have
arrived here, I
learn that there is great indignation against Waples, the Dist. Attorney, who seizes all cotton arriving under permits - that business is almost at a stand-still - that Mr. Flanders leas not resigned from the Bank - that he has become exceedingly unpopular with all classes, even more unpopular than when I left, and that he is believed to favor the policy of the, Dist. Attorney - and some say that public opinion begins to reflect on the Secretary of the Treasury for keeping Mr. Flanders in office. On all these points I shall write fully as soon as 1 have been long enough in New Orleans to get accurate information. If by any possibility Mr. F. should not retain his present position, I wish now to suggest Dr. Price as his successor, who is efficient, honest, and popular.
I regret the detention of the Steamer as it causes me to lose four days. I shall write to you as soon as I reach New Orleans.
P. S. Among the Delegation are Bullitt, Dr. Bonzano, Plumly, and Mr. Weed who is a particular friend of Gen. Butler.
G. S. D.
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