Salmon P. Chase 1861 Letter Signed as Secretary of the Treasury


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Politician (1808–1873) who served as Secretary of the Treasury for the first three years of Abraham Lincoln’s term, after which Lincoln appointed him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Letter signed (LS) “S. P. Chase”, 8 x 10, headed “Treasury Department”, July 17, 1861, to A. Jamieson, Collector at Alexandria.

Written during the Civil War by the former Governor of Ohio, Secretary of Treasury under Lincoln, and Sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in full:

In reply to your letter of the 27th ulto., reporting the removal from bond, in your district, of certain railroad iron, under authority from the War Department, I herewith transmit a copy of a letter received from the War Department by which it appears that one hundred and fifty tons of railroad iron were taken and forwarded to Fortress Monroe.

You will endorse on the warehouse bond, in this case, the facts as above and reference to this letter, by its date, for explanation of the transaction.

Throughout the American Civil War, although most of Virginia became part of the Confederate States of America, Fort Monroe remained in Union hands. It became notable as a historic and symbolic site of early freedom for former slaves under the provisions of contraband policies. For two years thereafter, the former Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, was imprisoned at the fort.

In this letter, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase works to supply the great fortress.

Fine example.