Cincinnati, Mar. 25th, 1848.
My Dear Sir: With this I send you our call, the letter inviting signatures being signed by men of all parties — most Whigs. Would not a similar movement in old Massachusetts be better than manful resolves and inert action? I hear that a call for a Free Soil Convention (National) may be expected from Washington, from members of Congress of all parties. May God so dispose their minds. The 4th of July would be a glorious day for the assemblage of such a Convention.
I have had much conversation with Judge M'Lean since I returned from Washington. If the Whigs will not nominate him, all will be well. He is emphatically right on the Free Territory Question, nearer right than any so prominent man of the old parties I know, on many others; and right on principle and not from impulses.
I will be glad to hear from you soon.
Very truly yours,
[Salmon P. Chase.]
Did I send you those copies of the Vanzandt argument? I have actually forgotten.
SOURCE: Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1902, Vol. 2, p. 132