The President Now Back to Work

December 11, 1863

The Washington Chronicle reported: “President Lincoln, we are happy to state, is now convalescent, and yesterday passed several hours in the transaction of official business.”

Supporters of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase gather in Washington to promote his candidacy at a meeting of the Union League.  Historian William Frank Zornow wrote in Lincoln & the Party Divided: “When the [Union League] met in Washington early in December, there was more than a little possibility that it would seek to dominate the coming presidential election.  In New York, John Austin Stevens was working diligently to transform the powerful club there into a Chase society.  Thurlow Weed discovered, or at least suspected, that the ‘Loyal Leagues…are fixing to control delegate appointments for Mr. Chase.’  The radical tendencies of the league had become well known, and it was generally felt that the meeting would be the signal for a general attack on Lincoln and his policies.”

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