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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE
From M. Halstead.
CINCINNATI, Oct. 20th, 1869.
DEAR SIR: It has been a
good while since I wrote you or heard any thing from you directly. The last that I saw from your pen was the letter published in the New York Sun in which you had not heard of any Chase movement and expressed your willingness to let the Presidency pass.
Now while many do, I do
not doubt your sincerity in that letter, and yet I write to say that presently I think you will hear of Chase movements - of a great variety of Chase movements. It may happen to be a coincidence that about the time Chase dropped the Presidency from his mind, the people of the United States saw - what they had neglected or failed to see - that Chase as the foremost man in the nation was the fittest man for the chief magistracy.
Perhaps you may have taken note that the defeat of Mr. Pendleton in Ohio was the best possible initiation of a Chase movement in the Mississippi valley. It moves now and will go on. Of course you mast be perfectly serene and still. Let it go on of itself.
The Hoffman movement in New York is good for you too.
It cannot amount to anything; and will do to turn in to you.
Grant and Boutwell are both in effect working for you.
The better the condition of the finances the less trouble with the Greenbackers. The Fifteenth Amendment will go too; and the negroes have not forgotten you. You can't convince a colored man that Chase is not sound and true. And you see too that Grant is doing all that he can for you. Borie, Robeson, Belknap and so forth count for the Chase movement. I will be in Washington in November and expect to call upon you.
Respectfully & truly
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