Western Patronage Concerns President Lincoln

March 21, 1863

President Lincoln writes Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase: “Will the Secretary of the Treasury do me the favor to hear my old friend Dr. Henry briefly, about Victor Smith.”

Journalist Noah Brooks: “When I last alluded to the unpleasant state of things which is likely to result in some radical changes in official positions in the above named institutions, the papers in the case and the new slate of Secretary Chase had been submitted to the President for his review.  Since that [time] a very unexpected change of programmed has occurred…The California delegation, seeing that nothing more could be done than to submit to the somewhat arbitrary ruling of Chase in the premises, left Washington and were stopping in New York for a few days before leaving for California, when the President discovered what had occurred.  He was at  once greatly exercised at what he considered to be an  unfair and ungenerous treatment of the California Congressmen by the Secretary, and he directed that they be recalled to the Capital, if possible, informing them that their preferences in the matter should unfair and ungenerous treatment of the California Congressmen by the Secretary, and he directed that they be recalled to the Capital, if possible, informing them that their preferences in the matter should be regarded.  Low and Sargent returned to Washington a day or two since, Phelps having sailed for California in the meantime.  The President expressed his regret at the hasty and somewhat arbitrary action which had deprived them of any opportunity of having a voice in the selection of the new appointees for the Federal positions to be made vacant by dismissal, and then asked them to submit names for Executive action….”

President Lincoln receives a series of telegrams from Missouri asking for the reinstatement of General Samuel R. Curtis as the state’s military commander.

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