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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Liv. (search)
gton should be upon the Rev. John Pierpont. As the Comptroller concluded, Dr. Pierpont put on his spectacles, and looked at him a moment in silence. He at length said:--Why, Mr. McCulloch, you are the most extraordinary man I ever saw in my life! How so? was the reply. Why, you have remembered a favor for thirty years. Dr. Pierpont told me, on another occasion, that in the prosecution of a duty once assigned him in the Department, he had to review a letter-book, containing correspondence with the different officers of the government. Among the letters was a private note, written by Secretary Chase to the Secretary of War, calling his attention to a complaint, made by the colored people of Cincinnati, against certain orders, or officers of the War Department. The letter closed with these words:-- We cannot afford to lose the support of any part of our people. One poor man, colored though he be, with God on his side, is stronger against us than the hosts of the rebellion.
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lv. (search)
June, Washington was thrown into a ferment, by the resignation of Mr. Chase as Secretary of the Treasury. The publication, some weeks before, of the Pomeroy secret circular, in the interest of Mr. Chase, as a presidential candidate, had created much talk, and considerable bad fethe wish that the Commissioner would mediate, on his behalf, with Mr. Chase. Many sincere friends of Secretary Chase considered his resigSecretary Chase considered his resignation, at this juncture, unfortunate and ill-timed. The financial situation was more threatening than at any period during the war. Mr. ChaMr. Chase's administration of the Treasury Department, amid unparalleled difficulties, had been such as to secure the confidence and satisfaction ofI also had been intently revolving the question of a successor to Mr. Chase. Unaccustomed to political currents, and rejecting all consideraquainted with the past, present, and proposed future policy of Secretary Chase, and the entire machinery of the Department. Third; he is a p
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lvii. (search)
upon which was written Emancipation ; upon the other cover was a similar plate bearing the inscription:-- To Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, the friend of Universal Freedom. From the loyal colored people of Baltimore, as a token of respect and gratitude. Baltimore, July 4th, 1864. The presentation was made by a committee of colored people, consisting of three clergymen and two laymen, who were received by the President in the most cordial manner, after which the Rev. S. W. Chase, on the part of the committee, said:-- Mr. President: The loyal colored people of Baltimore have delegated to us the authority to present this Bible, as a token of their appreciation of your humane part towards the people of our race. While all the nation are offering their tributes of respect, we cannot let the occasion pass by without tendering ours. Since we have been incorporated in the American family we have been true and loyal, and we now stand by, ready to defend the c