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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE

From John G. Whittier.

AMESBURY, 9th 11th Mo 1860

MY DEAR FRIEND: I was very glad to see thy name at the foot of thy note which reached me yesterday. In this hour of the triumph of our principles - so long delayed - I want to grasp the hand of every man, who has worked & waited, dared & suffered for it. I recognize thee as one who to use the words of Milton has "more than wished the welfare of Liberty & having therefore a charter and freehold of rejoicing to thee & thy heirs."
Well God has laid the great responsibility upon us! We must take it up & bear it. We need, if ever men did, the wisdom which is from above, pure & peaceable. I read thy Kentucky speech with great satisfaction. If we stand steadily by the doctrines it enunciates, we shall be sustained by the best hearts & minds of the South & by a united North. I trust its author will have his place in the new cabinet. Thy counsels are needed.
My sister desires her love to thee, & also Dr. S. and his family send kindly regards.
Ever & truly thy fd
JOHN G. WHITTIER.
Did thee miss a pair of gloves at Dr. Sparhawk's? a pair were left there. They were too small for the Dr. So I have used them in my campaign electioning.

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