New England’s Cabinet Nominee

Saturday, January 5, 1861

Leonard Swett reports from Washington to President-elect Lincoln about possible New England nominees for the Cabinet. He begins with the eventual designee: Connecticut editor Gideon Welles:

Gideon Welles

“I have heard no one find fault with Mr Wells[.] Every body seems to think it would be a very good appointment Pitt Fessenden said although he did not know him personally he thought well of him. Of course if you appoint Wells [Charles Francis] Adams’ friends will howl & visa versa. There is not a Congressman here who don’t think you ought to consult him & take him or his friend in the Cabinet. From all I can learn of the Town I think by the time you had been a week you would either be bored to death or in a condition in which you never could sensibly determine any thing. From all I can learn I do think Wells is the best that can be done in New E. although I did not before I came.”
President-elect Lincoln meets with Ohio’s Salmon P. Chase, the future Treasury secretary, and New Hampshire’s Amos Tuck, who is interested in the lucrative position of collector of Boston.

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