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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE

From Horace Greeley.

NEW YORK, May 31, 1866.

MY DEAR SIR: I presume you are aware that Messrs O'Conor and Shea, counsel for Jefferson Davis, will appear in Richmond on Monday next, at the opening of the U. S. Circuit Court there, expressly to urge on the trial of their client, or at all events, to procure an assignment of a time certain at which that trial shall take place.
I write to beg you to be present on that occasion and to preside over the court if possible; and, if anything needs to be done to render it proper, to do so, I am confident that an intimation from yourself to the Attorney General will secure the requisite action.
You know, dear sir, that our friend Judge Underwood will be out of his depth on such an occasion, and that it is indispensable that the hearing as well as the action of the court shall be such as will command respect even where it fails to secure approval.
I will say no more, but profoundly trust that the proceedings to be had on this occasion will be guided to a fit issue by yourself.
Yours,HORACE GREELEY.

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