Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To the Senate [1]

Executive Mansion Washington, D.C.
To the Senate of the United States Dec. 6. 1864

I nominate Salmon P. Chase of Ohio, to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States vice Roger B. Taney, deceased.



[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. On the bottom of Lincoln's letter appears the following endorsement:

``United States Senate

``In Executive Session

``Decr. 6. 1864.

``Read; considered by unanimous consent, and nomination unanimously confirmed.

``Attest: D.W.C. CLARKE

``Principal Executive Clerk.''

Chase wrote Lincoln on the same day: ``On reaching home tonight I was saluted ith the intelligence that you this day nominated me to the Senate for the office of Chief Justice. I cannot sleep before I thank [you] for this mark of your confidence, & especially for the manner in which the nomination was made. I shall never forget either and trust that you will never regret either Be assured that I prize your confidence & goodwill more than nomination or office'' (DLC-RTL).