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The Daily Dispatch: March 6, 1861., [Electronic resource], The last day of the U. S. Congress. (search)
t of Lincoln's Cabinet, having appeared in the telegraphic reports of a morning paper, the gentleman to whom the following letter is addressed desires to make public this full and authentic statement of that conversation. It flats like a pencil of light on the whole proceedings of the new party in power. "I have been anxious to communicate the substance of a conversation held by Dr. Wirt, (my brother-in-law,) with ex-Gov. Chase, of Ohio, in Washington, on the evening of Friday, the 15th February. He called upon Chase and expressed a hope that as he would probably be in Lincoln's Cabinet, he would use his influence to preserve peace in the South, and not attempt to reinforce or retake the Southern forts; and Chase told him that the President would do his duty, and reinforce Anderson and protect him at all hazards. If South Carolina resisted, the consequences would be on her own head. Dr. Wirt told him what would be the effect of such a course on the South. All the conservativ