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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 48: Seward.—emancipation.—peace with France.—letters of marque and reprisal.—foreign mediation.—action on certain military appointments.—personal relations with foreigners at Washington.—letters to Bright, Cobden, and the Duchess of Argyll.—English opinion on the Civil War.—Earl Russell and Gladstone.—foreign relations.—1862-1863. (search)
it to construe the terms of the request as including himself, took occasion also to resign. The President by a joint letter to both secretaries requested them to resume their places. Seward promptly assented without consulting Chase, and the latter then followed with a withdrawal of his resignation. The details of this movement against Seward are found in the newspapers,—New York Tribune, Dec. 22 and 23, 1862, Jan. 10, 1863; New York Evening Post, Dec. 20, 22, 1862; Boston Journal, Jan. 14, 1863; in Schuckers's Life of S. P. Chase, pp. 473-475; Welles's Lincoln and Seward, pp. 81-85; and Nicolay and Hay's Life of Lincoln, vol. VI. pp. 263-272. The last account referred to needs confirmation as to some details, particularly in the statement which includes Grimes, Sumner, and Trumbull as attacking the Cabinet generally. This is not true of Sumner, who is known to have been earnest in his support of Chase and Stanton, and is not known to have had special objection to other member