Adam Badeau, Elihu B. Washburne, and William Eaton
Chandler MSS., Library of Congress.
Library of Congress, Manuscript
Division, Papers of Adam Badeau General Correspondence,
"Ulysses S. Grant," Copy, U.S. Grant to Gen
J[ohn] M[CAllister] Schofield, [Secretary of War],
Galena, Ill, Sept 25, 1868, 2pps.
"I find it so retired and pleasant here, and
anticipate so much pulling and hauling after returning to
Washington, I have concluded not to go back until about
the close of October. If any thing however should require
my presence there earlier, and you will telegraph me
here, I will go in at once. My summer vacation has been a
very pleasant one. The trip I took to the Rocky Mountains
was both instructive and agreeable. It gave me the key to
the topography of the country, so that now when Indian
hostilities are reported, or the establishment of a new
post, at a particular place is recommended, I can have
more distinct ideas about what should be done than can be
got merely from maps. I advise you, if you take a trip
next summer, to go to the mountains. The climate is
delightful and (p.2) the scenery grand I presume military
affairs get on as well without me, as they would with me
in Washington "
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division Papers of Elihu B. Washburne Vol. 61, 1868, July 18 - Nov 23
Sam[uel] A. Pervorance [sic] Pittsburgh, Oct
29 1868 to Elihu B. Washburne, 2pp.
"We had Gov. Seymour here last evening and altho a great crowd was attracted to hear & see him no impression was made in his favor. Like the Irishman in swallowing the chicken that chirped 'be jabbing your too late a spaking.'
"He cannot reverse the Judg[men]t, it is
irrevocable & cannot be disturbed
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, The Papers of William Eaton Chandler container #6 1868, June 5- July 25,
A.T. Boyle & Wm J. Andrews, Washington DC to Wm E Chandler, Washington, DC June 18, 1868, 5pps.
The two organized a "Bureau of Correspondence," sending a weekly or semi-weekly letter to one or more Republican newspapers in every Congressional District during the 1868 campaign between u.s. Grant and Horatio Seymour. As of the writing of this letter, they had 200 subscribers:
"...The letters are well written, and while readable and interesting, they have a higher tone than the ordinary gossip of newspaper correspondents. We know that public opinion, may be, not only influenced, but actually formed and molded by this means.
"The power of the press is well understood, and it is almost wholly relied upon for the dissemination of political ideas -- Yet no organization has heretofore been effected for this purpose. Not more than a dozen papers in this country are really party organs, inspired and controlled by the highest political authority. The hundreds of papers published throughout the country, and exerting immense influence within the localities in which they circulate, depend entirely upon the few larger journals above alluded to, for (p.3) their political ideas and intelligence, reaching their readers second hand, and not infrequently imperfectly or improperly presented.
"Through our 'Bureau of Correspondence," we offer to you a speedy and efficient means of presenting, directly, to the whole people, and more especially, those whom the larger dailies do not reach, such ideas and statements as you may desire.
"The organization is not self sustaining, the
letters being furnished on nominal
terms... but has been carried on by us in the interest of
the Republican party, at an expense to ourselves, of something
over one hundred dollars per week "Ask
for (p.4) "a few hundred dollar, to enable us to
continue, until such time as we may obtain means from
some other source, or until the concern
can be made self-supporting We cannot exact a price for
our letters, from the papers to which we send them, and
insure their publication -- many will not, and others
cannot pay. . . . "
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