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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE
NEW YORK 10th July 1868.
MY DEAR SIR Mr. Craig & others
of the N Y Delegation assure me that you could have been nominated
by New York, Maine, Massachusetts, R. Island, Georgia &
Wisconsin on the 22nd ballot. Anticipating this Mr. Cook, who had
laid the plot against you the evening previous with Johnson, Martin
& another Ohioan (Mr. Vallandigham) threw Seymour's name into
the convention and blew up the ship. I think Seymour was sincere
& candid he had enough sense to disbelieve in the possibility of
his election but so flattering a demonstration of Democratic
enthusiasm overwhelmed him.
You will see in today's "World" that he
made an earnest speech in your favor in the N. Y. Delegation
yesterday am, & that the vote taken gave you 37 votes against
24. 11 votes of the Ohio Delegation had likewise been secured.
Cook's desperation carried this unhappy nomination by a 'coup de
John A. Green, who was in the secret, was asked by Mr. Cook to get Seymour out of the way. He went to Van Buren & begged him to entice the Governor from his seat. This Van B refused to do—So that I & mine were true to our convictions & feelings.
P. S. I am giving it as my opinion that the Reconstruction portions of the Platform were distasteful to you.
I enclose a checked ballot of the N. York Delegation of yesterday morning. Checked off by Mr. Nutter Mr. Craig's clerk, a young N. Hampshire lawyer & a great devotee of yours.
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