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Lincoln Strikes Back Against the Claim That He Would Intervene to Thwart a Corruption Investigation, Defending Himself From the Presidential Aspirations of One of His Team of Rivals
12/02/1864. Abraham Lincoln Lincoln defends his integrity to Chase, and states that such attacks are against the public interest; He criticizes the performance of Chase’s men in the New York Customs House, and seeks to replace them with his own men“This Mr. Bailey as I understand having been summoned as a witness to testify before a committee of the House of Representatives which purposed investigating the affairs of the New-York Custom-House, took occasion to call on the Chairman in advance, and to endeavor to smother the investigation, saying among other things, that whatever might be developed, the President would take no action…The public interest can not fail to suffer in the hands of this irresponsible and unscrupulous man.” As early as December 1862 Republican leaders met to express dissatisfaction with the Lincoln administration, and there was continuing organized criticism over the next year that caused Lincoln much grief. Then in 1864 there was a movement to replace Lincoln at the head of the Republican ticket, which became strong enough that Lincoln despaired of his renomination. Lincoln put the blame squarely on Salmon Chase, his Secretary of the Treasury, whom he said was at the bottom “of all the mischief.”Hiram Barney was a Republican whose wife was the daughter of noted abolitionist Lewis Tappan, who played a key role in the defense of the slaves who captured the Amistad. Lincoln was entertained by Barney while visiting New York for his Cooper Union speech in February 1860. After the speech, it was Barney who took Lincoln out to dinner at the At … [Click Below for Full Description]
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