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Salmon P. Chase

Will its true men be able to save it from hari-kari in panic

Salmon Portland Chase, 1808–1873.  Chief Justice of the United States, 1864–1873; Secretary of the Treasury, 1861–1864; United States Senator from Ohio, 1849–1855, 1861; Governor of Ohio, 1856–1860.  Autograph Letter Signed, SP Chase, as Chief Justice, one page, 4½" x 7¼", on plain stationery, Washington, [D.C.], October 27, 1867. 

Chase writes to “My dear friend,” discussing an appointment and Republican party politics.  He writes, in full:  "Your note was received some days ago.  Like everything that comes from you it went to my heart.  /  Since then the notice from Judge Lowell of the resignation of Mr. Cushman has been received and the nomination of Mr. Barker gone by todayʼs mail.  /  The Republican Party has sustained no real reverse beyond the huge upsets in Ohio.  Will its true men be able to save it from hari-kari in panic[?]" 

The letter has nice political content, especially for a Justice.  It has two horizontal mailing folds and what appear to be glue stains in the blank left margin not affecting either the text or the signature. There is an old dealer pencil marking on the back and a partially-erased pencil marking in the upper left corner.  Overall the letter is in fine condition.




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