President Lincoln Seeks Understanding with New York Governor

March 23, 1863

President Lincoln seeks an accommodation with New York Governor Horatio Seymour, a Democrat elected the previous November: “Dear Sir: You and I are substantially strangers; and I write this chiefly that we may become better acquainted.  I, for the time being, am at the head of a nation which is in great peril; and you are at the head of the greatest State of that nation.  As to maintaining the nation’s life, and integrity, I assume, and believe, there can not be a difference of purpose between you and me.  If we should differ as to the means, it is important such difference should be as small as possible–that it should not be enhanced by unjust suspicions on one side or the other.  In the performance of my duty, the co-operation of your State, as that of others, is needed–in fact, is indispensable.  This alone is a sufficient reason why I should wish to be at a good understanding with you.  Please write me at lest as long a letter as this–of course, saying in it, just what you think fit.”

President Lincoln writes Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase: “Mr. [Alexander[ Williamson, writer of the within was our “Willie’s” teacher; and I would be really glad for him to be obliged.”  Williamson was later appointed to a Treasury Department at a salary of $1200 per year.

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