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young man, he declared, would yet make a mark in the world. From that time every important move was directed by Chase. He prepared the calls for important meetings. He wrote their addresses and their platforms. He made the leading speeches. He presided at the great convention at Buffalo in 1848, which formulated the Free-soil party-successor to the Liberty party-and wrote the platform which it adopted. In speaking of Chase's share in the independent organization of this time, William M. Evarts says: He must be awarded the full credit of having understood, resolved upon, planned, organized, and executed this political movement. The movement thus conducted by Mr. Chase was slow and tremendously laborious, but it was effective. In the presidential elections of 1844 and 1848 it held the balance of power and turned the scale to further its purposes. In 1852 it shattered and destroyed one of the old pro-slavery parties, and became the second party in the country instead of t