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"Re-admission of Rebel States"; Chase has managed finances wonderfully.




letter, McIlvaine, Chase, civil war


Cincinnati Dec. 11 1862

My dear Mr. Chase,

How sorry I was to be absent when Mrs. Sprague was here. Please give her the enclosed. I returned yesterday from Canada West--where I had been to deliver the Inaugural Address at the opening of a new college. I found southern sympathy very general--but decided exceptions. It was thought by leading men that my visit had a good effect, internationally. How hopefully congress has opened. I go the whole figure with the President’s [?] as to slavery and the readmission of Rebel States. [?]--it is the leading objective of a state being represented by the ministry of union men in it, exactly what Judge McLean gave me as his opinion of what would be right, not long before he died.

I beg to enclose part of a letter from a leading man of business in N. Y.--a large dealer in Gov’t securities. I do not know that it will be of any interest to you, except as it shows what golden opinion you have won by your wonderful management of our finances. In my opinion the battle has been mainly fought in your office--and the chief general is he who has commanded in the field of money-supply.

Yours affectionately,

Charles P. McIlvaine

Letter to S.P. Chase



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