Salmon P. Chase Autograph Letters (2) Signed to Gamaliel Bailey, together with ten letters from Bailey to Chase. The letters were written during the period from March 14, 1851 to September 27, 1857. The group also includes a letter from Margaret Bailey to Chase. All letters are transmitted letters, showing dockets by the recipient. The majority of the content of the correspondence is regarding political strategy in furthering the anti-slavery cause. Highlights from Chases' letter are as follows:

    June 20, 1855: "... By the way my good friend Hall, who is as honest a man and is sincerely anti-slavery, as you would find anywhere upon a summer night by candlelight, was grieved by your defraction of my position.. The truth is you were a little too strong. While I have agreed with you as to the wrong of such political associations, of prohibiting foreigners, and of disfranchising catholics, I have also been ready to cooperate with all whether of the K.I. order or of any other organization who are willing to cooperate with one in good faith against slavery. And right here has always been the point of difference between you and me... The platform of the Know-Somethings gives universal voter 'faction'. I wish they would quit wholly all ... two, they have but little of it but none were better. In their convention a prominent member writes me 'whenever you..."

    July 30, 1857: "The sentiments which you express in regard to the nomination of Col. Fremont in the New Hampshire Legislative for 1860 are those of four-fifths of our intelligent friends west of the Alleghenies. They have no disposition to repeat as ... which there is every reason to believe would terminate more disastrously the second time than the first... Last year the great majority of Ohio was favorable to me, and it seems likely that, had such been the active wish of the Antislavery men, the sentiment of Ohio would have been reflected from many other states/ But it was bu no means clear that my nomination would be useful to the cause..."

    Overall condition of the letters is near fine. Scans of individual letters are available upon request.

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