Republican Delegations Besiege Washington

June 4, 1864

“President continues to welcome all delegations to Baltimore Convention, knowing many will not be admitted: carpetbaggers, negroes, sutlers claiming to represent states still in rebellion.

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes: “Many delegates to Convention in town. Some attempts made by Members of Congress to influence them. The friends of Chase improve the opportunity to exclaim against Blair.”

New York Times Editor Henry J. Raymond later wrote in The Life, Public Services, and State Papers of Abraham Lincoln: “General Fremont’s letter of acceptance was dated June 4th. Its main scope was an attack upon Mr. Lincoln for unfaithfulness to the principles he was elected to defend, and upon his Administration for incapacity and selfishness, and for what the writer called ‘its disregard of constitutional rights, its violation of personal liberty and the liberty of the press, and, as a crowning shame, its abandonment of the right of asylum, dear to all free nations abroad.’”

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