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Trip to England




letter, McIlvaine, Chase, England


London March 12, 1862

My dear friend,

By the [?] I read your two kind letters of the 11th and 17th & though I write by the last packet, I must write a few last [lines] [now] to thank you. The [?] has arrived & adds to the previous glorious news that of the occupation of Nashville [?]. How wonderfully things are moving on. Can it be time that Gov. Harris has called the Legislature of [Hampshire] to consider the question of searching the [Secession] of the Hate? May the Lord of all power & wisdom give you & all [us] anything under & strength to do wisely & strongly in the use & guidance of these & future successes. I did write a long time ago acknowledging your first letter. I am thankful that slavery is to be abolished in the District & the right of search conceded as to slavery, [?]. Such things will have great influence here. You will note the [speeches] in the Francis of the 8th in the Commons on the Blockade. That of the Solicitor General is admirable. He is a friend when I have known since you & I have thanked him for it. I believe the Government is anxious to make us believe that it is quite in a [pacific], nor intervention spirit towards us & all evidences are in favor of it seriously. If I could expound to you [?] [?] the [?] of things here, I could [?] you that England is as much misunderstood on our side, as to us as we are misunderstood in England & the Press on both sides is the great cause.

I am glad Hitchcock is brought back to the army. We go into [Suffolk] to-day, for ten days. You cannot think how I am worked, except as the Sec. of the Treasury knows what work is. I’m glad of what you tell me about the [?] in [?] Royal. Please send the enclosed to Mr. [?]. Oh! can you give him some place in his old age. Thanks for my nephew Charles. Love to Kate. Respects to the Pres.

Yours affectionately,

Charles P. McIlvaine

To S. P. Chase



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