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The Salmon P. Chase Papers, Volume 2

Correspondence, 1823–1857


James P. McClure, Senior Associate Editor; Leigh Johnsen, Associate Editor; William M. Ferraro, Assistant Editor; and Steve Leikin, Assistant Editor

Transcriptions of Chase’s most important letters to the prominent political figures of his day, including Martin and John Van Buren, Gamaliel Bailey, Frederick Douglass, Joshua Giddings, John P. Hale, William H. Seward and Charles Sumner, are among those collected in this first ever published edition of his correspondence.  Besides offering valuable insight into Chase’s character, private life, and cultural affairs, this collection contributes to an understanding of mid-19th-century public policy, particularly antislavery reform politics.