President Lincoln Tries to Calm Kansas Political Feud

May 12, 1864

President Lincoln writes Kansas Senator Samuel Pomeroy: “I did not doubt yesterday that you desired to see me about the appointment of Assessor in Kansas. I wish you and Lane would make a sincere effort to get out of the mood you are in. I[t] does neither of you any good—it gives you the means of tormenting my life out of me, and nothing else.

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes in his diary regarding the upcoming Republican National Convention in Baltimore in June: “I saw Governor Morgan yesterday respecting his circular. He says he sent it out in self-defense; that, while he knew I would stand by him in resisting a postponement of the convention, he was not certain that others would, should things by any possibility by adverse. He says the answers are all one way, except that of Spooner of Ohio, who is for a postponement. This is indicative of the Chase influence.

To-night Governor Morgan informs me that the hall in which the convention is to meet has been hired by the malcontents, through the treachery and connivance of H. Winter Davis, in whom he confided. He called on me to advise as to the course to be pursued. Says he can get the theatre, can build a temporary structure, or he can alter the call to Philadelphia. Advised to try the theatre for the present.

President Lincoln responds to Philadelphia shipbuilder John Birely: “I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 11th May and the accompanying cane. I beg that you will accept the assurance of my cordial gratitude for your kindness.” Birely had written that”the wood of which [cane] was taken from the wreck of the United States ship Alliance, (now lying in the River Delaware.) the first American built man of war, that hoisted the glorious stars and stripes in the War of Independence.”

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