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Trip to England
letter, McIlvaine, Chase, England
McIlvaine, Charles Petit, "To S. P. Chase" (1862). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 177.
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.
Charles P. McIlvaine