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The Daily Dispatch: March 6, 1861., [Electronic resource], The last day of the U. S. Congress. (search)
Horrible purposes of the party in power. The Richmond Examiner says that an incorrect and imperfect statement of a conversation between Dr. Wirt, of Westmoreland, and Salmon P. Chase, the new supposed Secretary of the Treasury, the strongest will and leading spirit 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