Letter from Salmon Chase to Abraham Lincoln General Hunter's Proclamation May 16, 1862 Library of Congress
Transcription Washington, May 16. 1862.
My dear Sir,
Obliged to go to Philadelphia this afternoon I cannot confer with you as I wish in relation to the Military order of Maj. Gen. Hunter expanding the laws in his Department.
Of course I do not assume to judge of the Military necessity: but it seems to me of the highest importance, whether our relations at home or abroad be considered, that this order be not revoked. It has been made as a military measure to meet a military exigency, and should, in my judgment be suffered to stand upon the responsibility of the Commanding General who made it.
It will be cordially approved, I assume, by more than nine tenths of the people on whom you must rely for support of your Administration.