subject, and refused to read letters relating to it. He had his own opinion of the taste and judgment displayed by Mr. Chase
in his criticisms of the President
and his colleagues in the cabinet, but he took no note of them.
“I have determined,” he said, “to shut my eyes, so far as possible, to everything of the sort.
makes a good secretary, and I shall keep him where he is. If he becomes President
, all right.
I hope we may never have a worse man.”
And he went on appointing Mr. Chase
's partizans and adherents to places in the government.
Although his own renomination was a matter in regard to which he refused to talk much, even with intimate friends, he was perfectly aware of the true drift of things.
In capacity of appreciating popular currents Chase
was as a child beside him; and he allowed the opposition to himself in his own cabinet to continue, without question or remark, all the more patiently, because he knew how feeble it really was.
The movement in favor of Mr. Chase
culminated in the month of February, 1864, in a secret circular signed by Senator Pomeroy
, and widely circulated through the Union
; which criticised Mr. Lincoln
's “tendency toward compromises and temporary expedients” ; explained that even if his reelection were desirable, it was practically impossible in the face of the opposition that had developed; and lauded Chase
as the statesman best fitted to rescue the country from present perils and guard it against future ills.
Of course copies of this circular soon reached the White House
, but Mr. Lincoln
refused to look at them, and they accumulated unread in the desk of his secretary.
Finally, it got into print, whereupon Mr. Chase
wrote to the President
to assure him he had no knowledge of