“In God We Trust” Becomes Coin Standard

April 22, 1864

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “Neither Seward nor Chase nor Stanton was at the Cabinet-meeting to-day. For some time Chase has been disinclined to be present and evidently for a purpose. When sometimes with him, he takes occasion to allude to the Administration as departmental,– as not having council, not acting in concert. There is much truth in it, and his example and conduct contribute to it. Seward is more responsible than any one, however, although he is generally present. Stanton does not care usually to come, for the President is much of his time at the War Department, and what is said or done is communicated by the President, who is fond of telling as well as of hearing what is new. Three or four times daily the President goes to the War Department and into the telegraph office to look over communications.”

Presidential aide John G. Nicolay writes an Illinois friend regarding the Republican presidential race: There si butt little stir in politics here just now. A few discontented Radicals in New York are agitating in Fremont’s behalf, but they are a skelton organization and haveno public sentiment at their back. In this city, a few original Chase men,chagrined that hteir favorite gave out so early in the Presidential race, still live in hope that that something may turn up to their advantage in the Baltimore Convention, and to this end also echo and magnify the mutterings of the Fremonters. The Fremont movement has no substantial foundation outside of the State of Missouri, except so far as Republicans at other points sympathize with the supposed wrongs of the Missouri Radicals – wrongs which are entirely suppositious, and exist only in the scheming brains of factious and selfish and faithless Missouri politicians of the Gratz brown school, who avow ‘rule or ruin’ as their principle of action.” He added: “but their whole scheme will come to nothing. Mr. Lincoln will be renominated, and re-elected unless there should be an unexpected and surprising revolution before November next.”

President Lincoln signs legislation authorizing inscription “In God We Trust” to be used on coins.

Kentucky editor Albert Hodges responds to Lincoln’s state paper of April 4: “Yours of the 4th instant was received by due course of mail, and will be given to the people of Kentucky at the proper time. I have shown it to some of the prominent Union men here and from other parts of the State who visit here on business or pleasure, and I have met but one as yet who dissents from your reasoning upon the subject of slavery.

It is with feelings of profound satisfaction I inform you, that every day since my arrival at home, I have been receiving information of your steady gain upon the gratitude and confidence of the People of Kentucky. Extraordinary efforts, however, will be made by Mr. [James] Guthrie and the Louisville Journal to carry off a majority of the Union men to the support of the nominee of the Chicago Convention. My deliberate belief is, that with your name before the people of our State, — to use a homely phrase, — we shall ” flax them out handsomely.”

We have the advantage of them, greatly, in one respect, and that is, the working and laboring men are with us, from every part of the State from which I have been able, thus far, to obtain information. The county meetings which are now being held to appoint Delegates to the Louisville Convention, of unconditional Union men, with but few exceptions, are for sending Delegates to Baltimore. I believe that that Convention, will, with great unanimity, not only send Delegates to Baltimore but send them instructed to vote for you for re-election to the Presidency.

I have just received a letter from an old friend in Lewis County, with a goodly list of subscribers, sending me the proceedings of his County meeting to appoint Delegates to the Union Convention at Louisville, in which he used the following language — “Our meeting was large — every District being represented, and unanimous for Abraham. I tell you that the mountains are all right.”

I have received one also from the County of Whitley today of similar import. One yesterday from Pulaski (one of the largest counties in our State) which states that nearly every Union man in that County is for you. I might go and multiply others received heretofore, but it is unnecessary. I only mention these because they were received yesterday and to-day.

If you have the time, occasionally, to glance over the columns of the Commonwealth, you will see from the published proceedings of the meetings in the various counties, how nobly our people are coming up to your support.

I shall leave home in a day or two, and be absent about two weeks, has induced me to write you a few lines to let you know how we are progressing in Kentucky.

I think I may safely say now, that all will be safe in this State.

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