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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE
NEW YORK April 4, 1861.
MY DEAR CHASE, The moment
hostilities shall break out at the front, we will be in danger of
insurrection at New York.
Mayor Wood long since broached
his scheme for separating New York from the union & the State
& making it a free city. The Herald is advocating the scheme,
& a secret league in favor of it is said to number some 4000 or
I think the Federal Gov. should at once organize a
complete system of protection for the sub-treasury & Custom
House &c - so that no delay need occur when protection shall become necessary. The sooner we have a proper man in place of Rynders the better, and, it is I think of more than usual importance at this time that all the Federal Officers in New York should be men who will act harmoniously together.
The rejection of the offer for the new loan under 94 is regretted by many as a matter of policy. Opdike attributes it to the action of the President with or without the advice of his Cabinet. If this was the case the responsibility of it should be borne by them.
Always faithfully yoursJOHN JAY.
Kennedy to H. Barney.
(Copy)OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE,
413 BROOME STREET COR. OF ELM,
New York Apt. 16,
Hon. H. BARNEY.
DEAR SIR - I called at your office today but was unable to catch your eye, and say to you the word I designed.
I therefore take this mode of informing you, that, among a multitude of warnings, I am constantly receiving, several relate to the public offices as in danger of attack. Among these the Custom House, the Sub Treasury and the Assay office are named. I preferred to consult with you, rather than with the Custodians of either of the other offices, in regard to the proper mode of defence in case of need. Mr. Cisco is such a timid man, that I feared throwing him into spasms, did I mention a suspicion of safety to him. And the Assay man, I have no acquaintance with.
I may call again in the course of tomorrow.
Meanwhile I have taken care to increase the patrol force in the immediate vicinity of these offices; and have arranged for still further increase, should it be needed.
Very Truly Yours, JOHN A. KENNEDY
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