Millard Fillmore on Civil War: Abolitionists Pervert Cause and Lincoln Tempts Tyranny

March 3, 1862

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Millard Fillmore on Civil War: Abolitionists Pervert Cause and Lincoln Tempts Tyranny
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      Fillmore has forgiven Chamberlain’s newspaper, The World, for veering off into Republicanism, now that it seems to have come back to its Democratic roots; he renews, then, the subscription he cancelled, and congratulates it for resisting the “Abolitionist” assault on the Constitution and indeed, the country:

      I admire very much the able and independent manner in which the World, has…resisted the abolition attemp
      [t]s to destroy the Constitution & prevent a reunion of the states, by perverting this war into a war for emancipation - and for rebrobating [sic] fuly [sic] the great outrages upon liberty and law, in arresting and imprisoning men in the loyal states without warrant of law. The patience with which this has been submitted to, shows that our people are nearly prepared to receive a master, and submit to a tyrant. It makes my blood boil to think of it. But enough!

      Fillmore, who had no use for Lincoln in 1860, had even less in 1864: he vigorously supported McClellan for President.


      Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages, recto and verso, octavo, Buffalo [New York], March 3, 1862. To Ivory Chamberlain.
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      Buffalo, March 3d. 1862.

      My Dear Sir,

      As you are aware, I subscribed for "The World" out of friendship for you, and the confidence I felt in Mr. Spaulding, that it would be a high toned conservative paper.  When it veered off into Republicanism I was disappointed, but when it took upon itself the accumulated sins of the Courier, I was disgusted, and discontinued it.  But in all this my friendship for you has never changed, and although my confidence in Mr. Spaulding has been shaken, yet, I can see that men or circumstances beyond his control, may have 

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      compelled him to pursue a course which his better judgment did not approve; and from occasional extracts from the paper which I have seen of late, I am inclined to believe that it has come back on to the ground where it started, and I hope and trust that it may be the means of doing much good.  At any rate I am disposed to renew my subscription for another year, and for that purpose enclose my check for $6 -- to the order of the World.

      I set so high a value upon the paper that I preserved every number with the greatest care, as a history of the times, and have had the first year neatly bound in two large volumes.  My last No. was dated August 6. 1861, and as I renew my subscription, I 

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      should like to have it date from that time and received the back numbers.  I admire very much the able and independent manner in which the World, has insisted upon maintaining the public credit, and resisted the abolition attemps [sic] to destroy the Constitution & prevent a reunion of the states, by perverting this war into a war for emancipation -- and for rebrobating [sic] fuly [sic] the great outrage upon liberty and law, in arresting and imprisoning men in the loyal states without warrant of law.  The patience with which this has been submitted to, shows that our people are nearly prepared to receive a master, and submit to a tyrant.  It makes my blood boil to think of it.  But enough!

      I am as ever your friend

      MILLARD FILLMORE


      I. Chamberlain Esq.