Oct 28, 2021 - Sale 2584

Sale 2584 - Lot 4

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
"THE BORDER RUFFIANS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN DRIVEN OUT" OF BLEEDING KANSAS CHASE, SALMON P. Autograph Letter Signed, "S.P. Chase," as Governor, to Henry S. Neal, explaining that OH cannot not intervene [in the conflicts] in the Kansas Territory unless OH citizens or property are involved, expressing gratitude that the trouble makers have been driven out and that [Territorial Governor John W.] Geary promised to keep them out, and expecting that a Republican majority in OH would ensure security. 1 page, 10x7 3/4 inches, with integral blank; tiny holes at fold intersections, light soiling to terminal page. Columbus, OH, 23 April 1856

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". . . I sympathize in all your feelings in regard to Kanzas, and should not hesitate to do all in my power for the relief of its inhabitants. No case, however, has been made to me which would justify official action. Such a case can only be made by authentic representations of lawless injuries to person or property suffered by citizens of Ohio in the territory. . . . [W]henever made, I shall act as I think duty requires.
"It is most gratifying, however, to see that there is likely to be no necessity for state interposition. The Border Ruffians appear to have been driven out, and Geary promises to keep them out. Let us now make assurance sure by a great Republican majority in Ohio."
With--Three letters to Henry S. Neal from various parties on business topics, all dated 1856.
Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873) was an abolitionist Senator from OH who helped form the Republican Party in 1854. His election as Governor of OH in 1856 was one of the party's first great victories. He later served as Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury.