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Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland) (1808-1873) to Alexander S. Latty

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00018 Author/Creator: Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland) (1808-1873) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 May 1854 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 21 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Urges him to sign and circulate a petition concerning slavery he is working on with Senator Benjamin Franklin Wade. Writes "...it is time to have a Democracy of the People against the Oligarchy of the Slaveholder. So sir, I pray you, If our call rally the People nobody will be afraid to join us for every thing will be swept before the Young Democracy...I think it cannot fail to be successful as the question is reduced to a narrow concern are we to be free or not."

Background Information: Wade, like Chase, was an anti-slavery advocate and a leader of the movement against the Kansas Nebraska Act.

Full Transcript: Washington, May 30, 1854
Dear Latty,
Senator Wade is engaged with me in circulating the enclosed call all over the State. He says it is time to have a Democracy of the ...People against the Oligarchy of the Slaveholder. So I. So say you. If our call rally the People nobody will be afraid to join us for every thing will be swept before the Young Democracy.
I hope you will see your way clear to join this movement. From the tone of the papers I think it cannot fail to be successful. The question is reduced to a narrow concern are we to be free or not.
If you sign one of the enclosed letters please get such others to sign as you think but send it to Columbus so as to be printed there by the 12th June, either directed to Judge Jo R. Swan or to John W. Andrews Esq or to Dr. J.H. Coulton.
I hope to find time for a more decent letter before long. I rejoice in the improved health of your little boy.
Yours faithfully
SPChase
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People: Latty, A. Sankey (Alexander Sankey), 1815-1895
Chase, Salmon Portland, 1808-1873
Wade, Benjamin Franklin, 1800-1878

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: LawAbolitionAfrican American HistoryCongressReform MovementGovernment and CivicsSlavery

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