have been the most able so far made in the Supreme Court of the United States
That and other similar utterances by Mr. Chase
were published for popular reading, and were widely distributed by friends of the cause.
It is possible that, in performing this arduous labor, Mr. Chase
, who was not without personal ambition, was able, with his great native sagacity, to foresee, although it must have been but dimly, the possibilities of political development and official promotion, but at the same time, for the same reason, he could the more clearly realize the wearisome, heart-breaking struggle that was before him.
It was an enormous sacrifice that he made.
Journeymen printers and saddlers, like Garrison
, who had never had as much as one hundred dollars at one time in their lives, and who had no social position and no influential kinsfolks, had little to lose.
But it was very different with Chase
He had a profession that represented great wealth.
He had distinguished and aristocratic family connections.
He had a high place in society.
All these he risked and largely lost.
In speaking of his sacrifices at that time in a subsequent letter to a friend, he wrote:
Having resolved on my political course, I devoted all the time and means I could command to the work of spreading the principles and building up the organization of the party of constitutional freedom then inaugurated.
Sometimes, indeed, all I could do seemed insignificant, while the labors I had to perform, and the demand upon my very limited resources by necessary contributions, taxed severely all my abilities.