On September 12, 1862, Postmaster-General Montgomery Blair (image above) and Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy under President Abraham Lincoln, left a Cabinet meeting together. Blair confided to Welles, “[W]e must have a Secretary of War who can do something besides intrigue…” The previous War Secretary, Simon Cameron, “had got into the War Department by the contrivance and cunning of [William] Seward, who used him and other corruptionists as he pleased, with the assistance of Thurlow Weed,” Blair added. (Diary of Gideon Welles)
As for the replacement War Secretary, Edwin Stanton, he was a “black terrier” conjured up by Seward, and Blair thought Stanton was no better than Simon Cameron had been. “Blair says he now wants assistance to ‘get this black terrier out of his kennel.'” (Ibid.)
“Blair says he [Stanton] is dishonest, that he has taken bribes, and that he is a double-dealer; that he is now deceiving both Seward and [Salmon] Chase; that Seward brought him into the Cabinet after Chase stole Cameron, and that Chase is now stealing Stanton.” (Ibid.)
Salmon Chase, Treasury Secretary during the Lincoln administration, was “stealing” Edwin Stanton, the War Secretary, away from the control of William Seward, Lincoln’s Secretary of State.
William Seward knew for certain about at least one bribery of Stanton, alleged Blair, yet Seward nonetheless brought “this corrupt man” into the War Department. “Seward wanted a creature of his own in the War Department, that he might use, but Stanton was actually using Seward.” (Ibid.)
Later, in the spring of 1865, Edwin Stanton totally betrayed his mentor, William Seward, when Stanton sent Major Thomas Eckert to local “mechanic” Lewis Powell with a “side contract” on William Seward. Thomas Eckert went to Lewis Powell, the local “mechanic” on the ground in Washington, and arranged that Seward should also be killed, besides Abraham Lincoln. (Background: “Eckert in the Middle”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 12, 2013)
Louis Paine, a different person than Lewis Powell, was an innocent patsy hanged on July 7, 1865 in place of Lewis Powell, the true villain. (Background: “Martyrdom of Rev. Louis Paine”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 13, 2013)
Earlier, on September 11, 1862, Gideon Welles had written in his diary the allegation that the New York Times newspaper “is controlled by Seward through Thurlow Weed, and used through him by Stanton. Whenever the army is in trouble and public opinion sets against its [the War Department’s] management, the Times immediately sets up a howl against the Navy.”
The Gideon Welles diary, salacious material, could not dare to be published until 1911, fifty years after the start of the Civil War. There seems to be a “fifty years rule” on such insider revelations. One wonders what the “fifty years rule” might reveal in 2013, fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The Welles diary is mostly out-of-print today, except for Volume 3, published by forgottenbooks.org. (I am working through the Google Books edition of Volume 1, a pdf file.)
Be that as it may, as to the trustworthiness of the New York Times, said to have been controlled by Thurlow Weed, the Times reported on July 25, 1862 that an “act to provide internal revenue to support the Government and to pay interest on the public debt” shall be put into practical operation. “Collectors and assessors will be appointed, and whatever other things may be necessary to put the act into practical operation, will be done before the date fixed by this notice.” (“News From Washington”, NY Times, July 25, 1862)
The above has relevance to the perfidy of Salmon Chase, who allegedly stole away Edwin Stanton from the orbit of William Seward.