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    Salmon P. Chase Autograph Letters (2) Signed and Related Correspondence. Two letters from Chase to Gamaliel Bailey, together with nine letters from Bailey to Chase. In a letter dated November 30, 1848, Chase writes from Cincinnati, Ohio asking Bailey to subscribe to the Congressional Globe on his behalf. He adds political news, "I saw in the last Era that you are under the impression that the Whig & Free Soilers from the Whig Party have a majority in the Legislature. This is not so. If the Free-Soilers, formerly Whigs, go back to their old associations, the Free-Soilers, formerly Democrats [paper loss at top margin affects two lines of text]... may give the old Democrats a majority on joint ballot [paper loss]... I think, can the Hunter or Taylor Whig have a majority; and consequently, in my opinion there is no probability of the election of a Taylor or Whig Senator. It is more likely that some of the Whigs rather than see a Free-Soiler elected, may vote for a candidate from the old Democrats & elect him. If not, and if the Free-Soilers stand firm, there is a fair chance that they may elect their man..."

    Chase's second letter written from Columbus, Ohio and dated December 23, 1848, focuses exclusively in the political climate: "The Free-Soilers stand well herewith both parties. Both I think would give us the Senator. Mr. [Joshua R.] Giddings is spoke of and as most of the men come from the Reserve this Majority pickup, ... But I don't believe he can be elected. Neither Whigs nor Democrats are willing to vote for him. The Democrats are willing to vote for me, and perhaps a few Whigs, but very few. The Whigs are willing it in this to elect Hitchcock of Cleveland son of the Supreme Judge. I have the vanity to think I can serve the cause much more effectually than he, and I think, also, that Giddings in the House & I in the Senate could serve the cause much more efficiently than Giddings in the Senate and any man likely to succeed him in the House..."

    Bailey's letters to Chase are dated from January 27, 1848 through October 24, 1848. They average three pages in length, for a total number of thirty-seven written pages. Most of the letters are docketed by Chase, and cover a variety of topics, but mainly focusing on Washington politics and the 1848 presidential and local elections. Overall condition of the archive is very good to near fine; scans of individual letters are available upon request.


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