[November 19, 1864.]
My Dear Friend —Your welcome note found me in bed, where I had been for some days. It came with healing on its wings, for I was in that condition that nothing could serve me better than the voice of a friend; and no friend more effectually than you. I am better now and again at work, but with feeble and broken health, that can only be restored by absolute rest from all labor and care. This I long for, and hope soon to have. — Our cause is now, I hope, beyond all danger, and when Grant goes into Richmond my task is ended. To you and others it will remain to secure the fruits of victory, and see that they do not turn to ashes. — In respect to affairs here, nothing of any consequence is on foot.
Your experience has taught you that newspaper reports are lies, invented by knaves for fools to feed on. This is especially true in respect of cabinet changes and the chief-justiceship. Changes in the cabinet will of course take place, but they will be made in time and manner that no one will be looking for.
In regard to the chief-justiceship, I learn from outside sources that Swayne is the most active and Blair the most confident of the candidates. My belief is that you will be offered the appointment, if it has not already been done. . . .
EDWIN M. STANTON.
SOURCES: Jacob William Schuckers, The Life and Public Services of Salmon Portland Chase, p. 512-3; Frank Abial Flower, Edwin McMasters Stanton: the autocrat of rebellion, emancipation, and Reconstruction, p. 211-2