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Chase Family Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chase Family.
Title: Chase Family Papers
Dates: 1835-1909
Abstract: Franklin Chase (1807-1893?) was a U.S. consul in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and a merchant in partnership with his wife, Ann McClarmonde Chase, in their firm, F. & A. Chase. Ann Chase became known as the "Heroine of Tampico" for her activities during the U.S.-Mexico War. Papers are comprised of correspondence, legal documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, poems, and printed materials. The papers of Franklin and Ann Chase include both personal materials and documents produced during his service as consul. The papers contain letters to and from Franklin Chase's consular colleagues who represented the U.S. and other nations to Mexico and documents and letters signed by Mexican and U.S. officials of various ranks. Also included are letters from a relative, George Rawson, written to his wife during a European tour in 1873. Topics discussed in the correspondence include the Mexican War, U.S. Civil War, assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the presidency of Benito Juarez, and the French imposed rule of Maximillian and his overthrow. Ann Chase's deeds as the "Heroine of Tampico" are recalled in several items of correspondence and in newspaper reports. Prominent contemporaries of the Chases represented in the collection are James Buchanan and William Marcy.
Identification: AR343
Extent: 1 box (0.41 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Franklin Chase was born 3 June 1807 in Newcastle, Maine, an inlet port town. He may have had a naval career, as some correspondents and one journalist accorded him the title of captain. Sometime prior to the mid-1830s, he established himself as a foreign merchant in the Mexican port of Tampico, in the state of Tamaulipas. From his first consular appointment in 1937 (as vice consul) through 1870, he would build a double career in commerce and government. Chase witnessed the war between the United States and Mexico, the French Intervention, and other upheavals within his host country, and, from afar, hoped for a Union victory in the American Civil War. Although he lamented the taxes and tariffs imposed on his trade by various Mexican authorities, Chase built or acquired for himself and his wife a "castle"-like mansion in Tampico which also came to serve as the customs house. He married Ann McClarmonde in the late 1830s and came to rely on her as business partner, agent in the U.S., and informant. After his consular service ended and the Tampico enterprise closed, the Chases relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Widowed in 1874, Franklin Chase married Laura Adele Renaud de St. Felix. He died about 1893.

Ann McClarmonde Chase was born in Northern Ireland in 1809 and immigrated with her widowed mother and siblings to the United States in 1824. Shortly after arriving in New York, one brother established himself in business in Philadelphia. The mother died during 1825, after which time Ann joined her brother in Philadelphia and began keeping his books and in other ways assisting him in his work. The brother and sister moved to New Orleans in about 1834, and then to Tampico, where Ann would meet Franklin Chase. They married in the late 1830s. In addition to a social role in Tampico's elite enclave of foreign merchants, Ann Chase also functioned as a businesswoman and full partner with her husband in the commercial firm of F&A Chase. After her successful intriguing during the war between the U.S. and Mexico, in which she took advantage of her status as a British subject (thus not required to evacuate) and passed alarming and misleading information to Mexican troops and accurate information to approaching American ships, she became known as the "Heroine of Tampico." In later years, she kept the legend going, seeking a publisher for her book and soliciting support in Washington for her husband and their firm during consular and financial disputes. She collected and wrote poetry, exchanged recipes along with gossip, and corresponded with other relatives and friends as well as with her husband and contacts in government and trade. Ann Chase died of cancer in Brooklyn on 24 December 1874.

Laura Adele Renaud de St. Felix Chase was the wife of Franklin Chase during his last years. She was born 12 October 1830 in the United States, the daughter of John Renaud de St. Felix and Anna Maria Maltby de St. Felix, the granddaughter of the Marquis Cyprien Renaud de St. Felix, and the great-niece of Bishop Maltby of Durham, England. Widowed in about 1893, she died 25 February 1909.

George Rawson, a civil engineer who evidently entered into the import/export and manufacturing trades later in his career, was married to a younger relative of Franklin Chase's. His letters, most from a European tour, dominate one portion of the correspondence series within the collection.

Sources: Thomas J. Durant, Fendall & Fendall, Franklin Chase vs. The Republic of Mexico (Washington, D.C.: McGill & Witherow, 1870);

John D. French, "Commercial Foot Soldiers of the Empire: Foreign Merchant Politics in Tampico, Mexico, 1861-1866," in The Americas, 46:3 (January 1990), 291-3l4;

W.L. Marcy, 8 July 1847, Report in Folder 8;

"Obituary," no place cited, undated (death date handwritten), in clippings folder;

"A Daily Lesson in History. Mrs. Ann Chase, the Heroine of Tampico in the Mexican War," no place cited, undated, in clippings folder;

K. Jack Bauer, Surfboats and Horse Marines: U.S. Naval Operations in the Mexican War, 1846-48 (Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, 1969);

John D. French, "Ann and Franklin Chase Papers: A Collection of the Dallas Historical Society," A40155, Dallas, Texas (1988 essay, 1986 guide).


Scope and Contents

Papers contain materials ranging across eight decades (1830s to 1909) and across private and public experience. Letters exchanged between Ann and Franklin Chase, and letters sent to others and received by others, during the middle and late 19th century, comprise the majority of the papers, with documents forming the second largest group. The content of many of the letters is at once social, personal, political, and business in nature. As Mrs. Chase traveled several times to the United States, with stops in Cuba and other places, there is considerable travel commentary as well.

Prominent contemporaries of the Chases are represented in the collection. Among them are James Buchanan in his capacity as Secretary of State, and William Marcy, Secretary at War.


Arrangement

In organizing the papers anew, seven series were established: correspondence, documents, clippings, photographs, poems, fragments, and miscellaneous. As the collection is small, but valuable, item level description was chosen. In the first two folders, correspondence between Ann and Franklin Chase is arranged chronologically. Subsequent folders house correspondence received and sent by Ann Chase and Franklin Chase separately; received letters are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the sender; sent letters are arranged chronologically. All other series are arranged chronologically when dates are known.
Series I. Correspondence, 1846-1906
  • Sub-series A. Correspondence between Ann McClarmonde Chase and Franklin Chase, 1846-1870
  • Sub-series B. Correspondence: Ann Chase (Received), 1859-1865
  • Sub-series C. Correspondence: Ann Chase (Sent), 1846
  • Sub-series D. Correspondence: Franklin Chase (Received), 1870-188[6]
  • Sub-series E. Correspondence: Franklin Chase (Sent), 1846-1872
  • Sub-series F. Correspondence: Others, 1847-1906
Series II. Documents, 1841-1877, undated
  • Sub-series A. Documents: Consular, 1841-1877, undated
  • Sub-series B. Documents: Private Business, 1847-1872, undated
  • Sub-series C. Documents: Social, 1851, undated
Series III. Clippings, 1846-1876, undated
Series IV. Photographs, undated
  • Sub-series A. Photographs: Ann McClarmonde Chase, undated
  • Sub-series B. Photographs: Franklin Chase, undated
  • Sub-series C. Photographs: Others, undated
Series V. Poems, 1846-1847, undated
Series VI. Fragments, 1846-1884, undated
  • Sub-series A. Fragments: Letters, 1846-1873, undated
  • Sub-series B. Fragments: Other, 1884, undated
Series VII. Miscellaneous, undated

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Chase, Franklin--Archives.
Chase, Ann McClarmonde, 1809-1874--Archives.
Chase, Laura A. (Laura Adele Renaud de St. Felix), 1830-1909--Archives.
Rawson, George--Archives.
Chase family--Archives.
Organizations
F. & A. Chase (Firm)--Archives.
Subjects
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Mexico--Tampico--Archives.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Correspondence.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscipts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

Chase Family Papers, AR343, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Purchase, 1992.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Correspondence, 1846-1906

Sub-series A. Correspondence between Ann McClarmonde Chase and Franklin Chase, 1846-1870
Folder Item
1 1 Ann [Chase], Tampico, to Franklin Chase Esqr., on board the St. Mary off the [coast?] of Tampico, 19 June 1846
A mostly personal letter, laced with a few lines and phrases in Spanish. Philosophical comments on absence, time, and hope, as well as a comment on a household servant, are included. ["My Irish cook improves in his Spanish."]
2 Ann, Tampico, to Franklin Chase Esq., American Course [name of ship illegible, may be Steamer Meclenburg], 21 August 1846
Discusses suggested action "should you reach Havana…"
3 Ann Chase to Franklin Chase, Esq, American Consul. [Fall 1846 indicated by marks of dealer or previous owner]
"My Darling Husband.… It is now eighteen days…[since] you and I parted…"
4 Ann Chase, Washington, to my Dear Husband, 24 September 1852
Discussion of an invoice, meetings with individuals, shipping of goods, her expenses, and her agenda. She refers to some "mortification" and promises that it will not occur again. She indicates that she will go to New York to place [silver?] plate in a bank "for safe keeping." {This may be the same silver discussed by surviving relatives in a letter within the folder Correspondence: Others. She also refers to the authorship of an essay or report published in the True Delta, addressing a topic familiar to both. "God has cut out a different part for you," she writes. The letter is marked with asterisks in a darker ink.
5 Franklin, Tampico, to Ann, 26 May 1858
He informs her that [Sustna?] and others wish to make her their agent in Washington, "to prosecute their claims against the Mexican government for the robberies and damages of their goods …" He reports from a port in turmoil, with one ship's cargo confiscated by a Mexican official, and relays gossip from someone who "has made the rounds of all the French stores and ships." Franklin complains that business is "impracticable. … I could discern the smoke of the guns. … Without a foreign remedy no improvement can be expected."
6 Franklin, Tampico, to Ann, 24 February 1859
Discussion of a memorial prepared in his behalf [see Documents] to be presented in Congress. He numbers enclosures [not found], including letters from General Patterson and Colonel Butterfield, and notes that he has copy of material pertaining to his case of embargoed flour [a specific grievance detailed in the memorial]. Franklin advises his wife to invest only in interest-bearing arrangements, "either for a home in the States or …" In addition to further local reports and a discussion of Mexican tariffs, he notes that he is "tired of office life," and that he hopes to return to the U.S.
7 Franklin Chase to Ann, 26 February 1859
The New Englander has critical words for a high-ranking native: "Don Guillermo Prieto … is just on a footing with all other Mexicans you and I have seen. He has masquerades at his residence in the old Post Office of the most disrespectful characters, which in my opinion stamps him as an unreliable person. He has forfeited his word to me, as mentioned in a previous letter, and I shall now look upon him as a scamp." Further comments on a friendship between Mexicans is related to Franklin's prediction of a counter-revolution in the northern states of Mexico.
8 Franklin Chase to Ann, 30 March 1859
More discussion of the flour case, as well as a report on local incidents including a 29 March attempt by "a few miserable scamps" to take over the powder house. He describes violence and complains that "we are still without the shadow of protection from home …" Franklin also relates that he has listened to complaints by men of color who were born in the United States and claim a right to his protection.
9 Ann Chase, European [or Europa?] Hotel [Havana, Cuba?] to Franklin, 10 March 1865
A jubiliant commentary on the Union forces' taking of Charleston, S.C.: "Beauregard is gone, and Jeff Davis in sackcloth! … In fact all I want at this moment to complete my joy is your dear presence." She reports that the Consul General of Mexico has called on her, that the hotel is full of Rebels, and that the talk regarding Mexico holds that the [French] "monarchy … is quite a farce, and the fall of it not distant."
10 Ann Chase, St. Nicholas Hotel, New York, to Franklin, 12 April 1865
Discussion of business, including shipping and payment arrangements. She recounts her unpleasant stay at the European [or Europa], noting that "… as we passed in the `hall,' I heard them name you and that I was your wife thus you were `a damned' Yankee sharpshooter and had been the scourge of the blockade runners…" Fleetwood, J. Chase, and B. Chase are mentioned.
11 F. Chase, Tampico, to Ann [New Orleans?], 2 May 1865
Lamenting Lincoln's assassination, he indicates frustration over the absence of someone to whom he can express his sorrow. "Manuel" is deemed "so young and inexperienced" for commiserating over the loss. Franklin regrets the Chases' association with Fleetwood, and voices concern over acquiring a "final house" with the means available. He reports on events in Victoria and Monterrey and expresses disbelief of rumors regarding the French troops' ability to reach Matamoros. Refers to enclosure [not found]. Franklin continues to express his reaction to Lincoln's assassination, suspecting that Jefferson Davis was behind the plot. He also discusses payment of rent, sale of their house, current house prices in Tampico, and French merchants in Tampico, and makes reference to an "Irish nose" -- red on the end.
12 Ann Chase, New York, to my Dear and Beloved Husband, 13 May 1865
Observes that Jefferson Davis is in Georgia "with his carpet bag in his hand …" Reports that she is the guest of their good friend William Henry Arnaux in New York. Ann writes that she has not slept because of her sadness over the sale of their house, advises against taking "the Obregon House" and urges her husband to pack soon, putting her "plate" in a chest. "What a pity that we are so tossed about …" She comments on the national debt and the current gold price.
Folder Item
2 13 Franklin Chase, Tampico, to Ann, 25 June 1865
He reports the movement of French troops into the interior and mentions Negrite, San Luis Potosi, prisoners, and deaths, then turns to the sale of their house, which he terms "a complete swindle." Franklin advises his wife to "get on the right side of Mr. Anderson Johnston. … He will give me a letter appointment …" Franklin, who reports he is packing, writes that he hopes to move without losing any possessions.
14 Franklin Chase, Tampico, to Ann, 14 November 1868
A long letter, written on the occasion of the anniversary of Ann Chase's contribution to a U.S. victory in Tampico. He recounts the events, then pays tribute to her to compensate for what he regards as a lack of recognition by the U.S. government. Her acts are admired and emulated around the world, he asserts in this atypically formal letter, and "by the rods of telegraphic lightning your fame spread over the vast esctent of the United States, and filled the heads of your relatives and friends with emotions …"
15 Ann Chase [ship name illegible] off Vera Cruz, to My Dear Husband, 31 August 1869
She reports that she has just visited with a consular official and that an American steamer is about to land. A fragment is enfolded with the letter and seems to belong with it.
16 Ann Chase, New York, at [Miss Hedges?], to My Dear and Beloved Husband, 14 and 15 October 1869
Hers of the 14th refers to her earlier letter of the 13th and to business with Mr. Chesin [or Chussin] and Mr. Mordecai. Hers of the 15th refers to a friend, Don Martin de Leon, and his claims, to a false friend, and to some controversy: "… the storm is past. … You have got through it so well." [The two letters are attached with string, with the later one on top.]
17 Ann Chase, Ebbitt House, Washington, to My Beloved Husband, 29 October 1869
Informs him that M. La Place will start for New Orleans the next day, and refers to La Place's pamphlet, which she says will show "exactly what to do in the testimonies." She assures Franklin that her statement is "true and just … and also my testimony that I was in Tampico at the time of the fight between the French and the liberal forces … and at least petition for $25,000 for injuries…" She refers to her claim for his bill in Congress, discusses barrels of whiskey and tobacco, and indicates that Franklin's letter of introduction to Hamilton Fish has not yet resulted in a reply, as Fish is out of the city. A postscript, dated 30 Oct. 1869, is included on a smaller sheet.
18 Ann Chase, Mr. Cushing's, C Street, Washington, to My Beloved Husband, 8 November 1869
She has moved to cheaper quarters, after spending three weeks at the Ebbitt House which was run by the owners of the Willard. The central message is the necessity for Franklin to send documentation supporting their claim. She stresses that a deadline is approaching and that they must meet it "to avoid leaving suspicion …" George Peabody is discussed.
19 Ann Chase, the Cushing House, Washington, to My Beloved Husband, 12 November 1869
She again indicates that she has moved from the Ebbitt House to curtail expenses. Amid discouraging reports that she has not been able to see General Grant, that Mr. Fish has not yet answered Franklin's letter, and that the "pains of my limbs" have made walking traumatic, she also recounts the hospitality of Major Thomas L. Smith, "a great Irish gentleman," who with his wife and family have hosted her. She characterizes herself as "a [proud or grand?] specimen of Irish culture and wit."
20 Ann Chase, National Hotel, Washington City, to My Beloved Husband, 7 February 1870
She again reminds him of the importance of forwarding materials to support the memorial for "our claim." One advisor, she notes, "says your greatest claim is the breaking up of your business." Ann reports having met the niece of Bishop Chase. [The letter is marked "duplicate."]
21 Ann Chase, National Hotel, Washington, to My Beloved Husband, 15 February 1870
The deadline is approaching, she warns, yet she has still not received the English-language version of the necessary materials, and urges him to send all evidence. The letter includes Ann Chase's descriptions of Seward and of Mrs. Hamilton Fish. She notes that property prices are at their lowest in six years, and also mentions that "Mrs. Yates has rubbed my legs with linament."
22 Ann Chase, National Hotel, Washington, to My Beloved Husband, 14 March 1870
"… now we are waiting for the proofs that you must send us, …" She discusses their business in a joint commission of the Court of Claims, noting problems proving the naturalization of an Indian Texan. Cushing, Durant, and Judge Clifford are mentioned. She reports that she has almost recovered from a cold, and refers to a physician's bill.
23 Franklin Chase, Tampico, to Ann Chase, Washington, 16 April 1870
In this letter marked "for private use" in the writer's hand, he addresses the question of Mr. Leon's naturalization. Franklin argues that no proof should be necessary, as "Mr. Leon was born in Tescas in 1827, joined our army under General Taylor … (at only 19)," but says that he has sent a certificate of nationality and cites Article 8, Paragraph 2 of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and an oath taken by Leon. "If this testimony does not satisfy the inquisitional court of claims I cannot imagine what will." In an apparently related matter, Franklin notes that he has taken an oath as to the age of Dr. Emile Robert, enclosing authentication.
Sub-series B. Correspondence: Ann Chase (Received), 1859-1865
Folder Item
3 1 Amelia [Bagnell?] to Mrs. Chase, Tampico, 19 June 1859
In addition to expressing concern over Ann's leg and complimenting Franklin as a source of political, local, and domestic news, the writer comments on "this miserable country of never ending revolutions …"
2 Sam Chase Barney, Lt., U.S. Navy, to Mrs. Ann Chase, 18 January 1847 [amended 1848]
Regarding the memorial of Mrs. Ann Chase, Barney provides an eyewitness account of her Tampico maneuverings during the war between the U.S. and Mexico, in terms of "services you rendered the Gulf Squadron …" In one paragraph appearing outside the body of the letter, and possibly the amended portion, Barney wishes for her "a generous indemnity from Congress for any losses sustained in consequences of efforts not only patriotic and valuable in themselves, but.… I was master of the `Spit Fire' under Commander Latt[?]ale when she appeared off Tampico the 7th November 1845 …" A second copy of Barney's letter also is included.
3 James Buchanan, Washington, to Mrs. Ann Chase, 18 August 1847
Having received her note of the 16th, the secretary indicates he would be "most happy to see you any day you may do me the honor. … No letter has reached me directed to you."
4 James Buchanan, Washington, to Mrs. Ann Chase, No. 78b Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 12 September 1847
Refers to enclosed letter [not found], notes that she has left the capital, that he has "received no despatches from W. Trent or General Scott. Buchanan promises to send letters to her in Lancaster after the 15th, and sends his regards to W. Connell, his friend.
5 James Buchanan, Washington, to Mrs. Ann Chase, 14 October 1847
Refers to "the late flood" as reason for delay in his receipt of her letter of the 6th. "I shall not be able to examine your claim until your arrival in the city." He indicates that a Major Capers advised him that day that Franklin is in good health. The future president comments, "The White House is a [sick?] abode; but yet many would be willing to occupy it."
6 James Buchanan, Washington, to Mrs. Ann Chase, 19 November 1847
"… am disposed to do every thing in my power to serve you, but … the vexations and delays incident to an application to Congress for pecuniary relief. … perhaps, on account of your extraordinary merits, your case may prove an exception." Buchanan advises her to employ a special agent in the capital, and warns that the Congress might not consider her case alone if similar ones were waiting to be heard.
7 James Buchanan to Mrs. Ann Chase, 13 March 1849
"Your note, without date, was found by me this morning.… I shall be happy to see you at my house tomorrow morning. …"
8 G.A. Ewald, A.A.S.S., Department of State, Washington, to Mrs. Ann Chase, La Pierre, Philadelphia, 28 July 1865
Acknowledges her two letters of the 27th and promises to deliver the one for the secretary to him at Cape May "sometime next week." However, he cautions, "I do not allow myself to anticipate … favorable action on your petition for a transfer until Mr. Lane shall officially and in writing advise the Department …"
9 William Fleetwood, New Orleans, to Mrs. Ann Chase, Tampico, 27 December 1866
Informs her that he, his wife, and baby arrived safely at the [?] Legation in New Orleans after a 13-day voyage that made him "a little sea sick."
10 Horace H. Harrison, Grand Hotel, to Mrs. Franklin Chase, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 July 1873
Explains that he had intended to call on the couple in New York, but was called away to Washington, D.C.; also mentions another missed connection with Franklin Chase.
11 William Henry, New York, to Dear Auntie, 20 June 1866
"Your welcome letter bearing the aroma of the tropics to me" is acknowledged. He reflects on his engagement and assures his aunt he knows it is a "grave step."
12 Henry Knolleke, Assistant Foreign Secretary, British and Foreign Bible Society, London, 10 Earl Street, Blackfriars, to Mrs. Chase, Tampico, 1 June 1864
Acknowledges her letter of [27th or 24th?] April and transmission of documents from a Mr. Butler. He informs her that his firm has shipped 12 cases of Scriptures to Butler's address and is forwarding documents to Franklin so the items can clear the customs house. At no charge, Knolleke indicates, he is sending to Ann a quarto Bible as she requested. He is making a gift of it "as a slight acknowledgement of the kind services you have rendered to the society by aiding Mr. Butler in his labours."
13 Sophie B. [Orem?], Schenectady, to Mrs. Franklin Chase "My Dear Aunt," 1 April 1859
A niece writes in anticipation of a visit from Ann Chase.
14 John Stevens, Fort Gaines, Mobile, to Mrs. Chase, 4 March 1865
A Union soldier thanks Ann for her invitation to visit the Chases in Mexico. He writes that he has been drafted and is honored by it; notes that "the Rebels must be forced to give up" and mentions rumors of trouble in Matamoros and "King Max." His postcript carries news of the shelling of Mobile and the "glorious news" of Sherman's march.
Sub-series C. Correspondence: Ann Chase (Sent), 1846
Folder Item
4 1 Anna Chase, Tampico, to Mrs. Emma Stuart, Tampico, 25 April 1846
A poem for Emma, evidently written by Ann, is enclosed with a letter [duplicate in poetry folder].
Sub-series D. Correspondence: Franklin Chase (Received), 1870-188[6]
Folder Item
5 1 Amelia Bagnell, Matamoros, to My Dear Mr. Chase, 25 June 1870
Notes that her husband is still weak after a serious illness, and explains that a "presentiment" about his health was the reason she declined an invitation from Ann Chase. She laments the nomination of Franklin Chase's successor as Consul in Tampico. "I think your government have treated you badly and I am only sorry you did not resign before and the scoundrels who tried so to injure you so falsely should be hung!" She also discusses "our revolution" in Matamoros.
2 Charles Bagnell, Matamoros, 3 July 1875
Bagnell sends a black-bordered note concerning the news that has reached him of Mrs. Chase's death.
3 John Black, Mexico, to Franklin Chase Esqr., U.S. Consul, Tampico, 4 September 1852
Reports that a Dr. Gurley left here [Mexico City] 14 August, "with his lady for Acapulco. He was so destitute … compelled to live on the charity of others. … We have contradictory reports for the U.S. in respect to the appointment of a minister for this place…"
4 [C.?] W Brink, Vice Consul, U.S. Consulate, City of Mexico, to Franklin Chase, Consul General, Tampico, 1 January 1869
Brink announces to Franklin that he has begun his work at the consulate in the capital.
5 [?] Burdel, Mexico de la Legation de France au Mexique, a Monsieur Chase Am. Consul de Etats Unis, en Tampico, 1 November 1870
Addressing his departing compatriot in Tampico, Burdel also articulates appreciation for protection extended, and closes with an expression of high admiration.
6 George B. Chase, "Home," to Franklin Chase, Esq., 9 January 1881
This letter, which refers to enclosures [not found] that the writer, a nephew of Franklin's, thought would be of interest, also contains a clue as to when Franklin remarried, as George wishes "you and Aunt a very Happy New Year."
7 John Crosby, New Orleans, to Capt. F. Chase, Tampico, 11 January 1835
Referring to logistical problems in arrangements relating to the outfitting of a ship. "… sent you an engineer. … the firemen I could not get in time. … The fates still appear to be against me in this business as I could not get the Oceano to take them [?] … I do not think my good fellow that all this is my fault." He assures that they [people? goods?] will be on the next vessel, and refers to "St. Anna."
8 E. Davis, [?] Savit, Henry DuPont, T. [or J.] Chabas, G. Garnier, Eug. Dauban [and others], Tampico, to Mr. Franklin Chase, Consul General of the United States, at Tampico, 25 November 1867
A formal expression of gratitude by a group of French residents of Tampico to Franklin Chase for protection "accorded to their persons and their property or their interests during the critical pending circumstances of the late painful events which unexpectedly took place." They beg him to accept a service of [silver] plate "as a faint token of their eternal gratitude." The letter is marked "translation."
9 Martin de Leon, Soto la Marina, to Sr. Franklin Chase, Tampico, 7 Agto [August] 1870
[In Spanish] de Leon writes a flowery farewell to Franklin Chase, expressing gratitude for his years of good service in others' behalf.
10 William Gates, Head Quarters, Artillery Battalion, Tampico, to Mr. Franklin Chase, United States Consul, 3 December 1846
Gates furnishes a copy of provisional appointment of Chase as collector for the port of Tampico during the time of its occupation by U.S. troops.
11 William Gates, Washington, D.C., to My Dear Sir, 2 August 1848
Mentions Marcy, who had asked for Gates' papers. "I came out with my receipts … I said `This report kills all evil tales of [?] pocketing …' He looked quir …" Gates asks that his books and papers be sent to him at Old Point, Fort Monroe, via New Orleans.
12 W.G. [William Gates], New Port, R.I., to My Dear Sir, 12 November 1848
A cryptic warning to Chase reads, "Look well around you if you have not already - W.P.B.T." More specifically, W.G. advises that they have written to Washington complaining of our money transactions public and private. I am accused of disgraceful acts … and … of pocketing the revenue …" He provides figures.
13 W.G. [William Gates] to Mr. Chase, December 1848
[Possibly a copy for Chase's information] "To the Hon. William L. Marcy, Secretary of War, U States of America -- Sir -- Please to pay to Mr. John P. Lord of New York -- Four Hundred Dollars out of any monies you may have in your hands -- belonging to me in Tampico."
14 Wm. Gates, Newport, R.I., 22 March 1851
Here, a disappointed Gates airs his grievances against the "radical demagogues of Congress," where "highly important bills are neglected until these men have no time to take up [?] matters …" He expresses sympathy for the Chases.
15 Wm. Gates, Newport, R.I., 14 April 1852
Gates recommends that Chase rely on Gates' friend Gordon as he [Chase] makes mercantile arrangements. "I do not know of any man whom I should be more happy to break bread with, than my noble business associate." Discussion of business, ships (specifically the Oregon), and money figures follows.
16 Wm. Gates, Newport, R.I., 12 November 1857
Adjustment of the claims of Chase and Gates finally achieved, but Gates grouses about "much labor on my part and maddening conduct on the part of Mr. Marcy and his Mrs. Crawford and others." Evidently some compensation for customs house services will be forthcoming.
17 Wm. Gates, Fort Monroe, 20 September 1868
Gates begins the letter with a brief discussion of shipping and recent weather, then launches into a diatribe against slanderers in the War Office. Again he asserts that his documentation killed hostile rumors of his having pocketed revenues. He mentions that Taylor, Lindenberger, Singleton, Day, D[?] and Van Stolverern "all … were foiled." Gates indulges in a string of puns in one paragraph regarding "our Mexican boy."
18 Miss Schuyler Hartley Graham, New York, to Hon. Franklin Chase, U.S. Consul, Tampico, 11 January 1869
Miss Graham, writing under the letterhead of the firm Schuyler, Hartley & Graham [with offices listed in New York, Paris, and Birmingham], inquires as to the movements of a Mr. F.R. Ludlum and asks Chase to help "ascertain whether; the grant … from the Mexican government has been paid …"
19 Office of Robert Maitland & Co., 43 Broad Street, New York, to Franklin Chase Esq., 238 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 17 October 1872
The company acknowledges its receipt of his forms and promises to attend to a shipment of coffee when the steamer carrying it arrives. The writer sends regards to Ann Chase. No individual signature.
20 Thomas H. Nelson, Legation of the United States, Mexico, to Hon. Franklin Chase, U.S. Consul General, Tampico, 10 September 1869
Acknowledges letters, including a confidential letter, from Chase, and reports that he has transmitted copies to the State Department in Washington. Discussion of Martin de Leon and owners of the Sonora, their grievances, etc. Nelson advises that they should appeal to a commission for settlement of claims. He assures Chase that he will do what he can, but that the Legation is limited in its power.
21 R.W. [Og?], New Orleans, to Mr. Chase, U.S. Consul, Tampico, 7 February 1847
Writer has called on the U.S. District Attorney in New Orleans "and submitted to him the case of the goods seized by you from Havana as well as the [?] for the Rio Grand. … The English steamer was allowed by the blockade to proceed to Tampico. … He recommends you … wait for instructions from the Treasury Department." Despite the sternness of this communication, it evidently came from a friend or a friendly contact in New Orleans, as closing sentences refer to the writer's acquisition of a new pen "for your lady." The dealer supplying the pen indicated to the writer that there would be no charge if it was going to the Chases. Further, he sends "kind regards to Mrs. Chase and Miss Amelia."
22 Jno. T. Pickett, 1422 F Street, Washington, D.C., to My Dear Sir, 29 December 1874
A letter of sympathy following Ann Chase's death.
23 [Abiel?] Wood, New York, to Hon. Franklin Chase, Brooklyn, 17 March 188[6]
The writer refers to enclosed press copies of letters and notes as well as an enclosed receipt. [These are left together.] The writer evidently is helping in communications regarding Franklin Chase's arrangements for purchase, maintenance, and payment or related services in one portion of a cemetery lot. Wood, as mediator, attempts to clarify a misunderstanding.
[Abiel?] Wood, New York, to Edwin T. Rice Esq., 59 St., Liberty, 16 March 1886 [#295 from copybook, TLS] This brief note refers to the cemetery lot transaction.
Charles Chase, Brooklyn, N.Y., 17 July 1875 Receipt acknowledging Franklin Chase's check for $150 as refund for half of the original cost of Charles Chase's lot on Battle Hill in Greenwood Cemetery in consideration for the interment there of Anna Chase. [copy]
Edwin T. Rice, Ex., 161 Liberty St., to Hon. Franklin Chase, 238 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, 21 September [1877?] Rice acknowledges a letter received the day before from Franklin Chase and with it a copy of a receipt of the late Surgeon Chase [probably referring to the 1875 Charles Chase receipt above]. "I regard receipt sufficient for your protection. I will, however, confer with my associate, Dr. Squibb, and will advise you, if we think otherwise, after such consultation."
Sub-series E. Correspondence: Franklin Chase (Sent), 1846-1872
Folder Item
6 1 Franklin Chase, Consulate of the United States of America, Tampico, to Genl. Anastasio Parrocli, Commander in Chief of the Military Forces of this Department, 29 May 1846
Franklin acknowledges the general's communication of the previous day, which he finds "indefinite and unsatisfactory," but from which he has deduced that he is no longer recognized as an accredited consul in Tampico. He asks for a passport so that he can leave quickly "reserving to myself the right to protest against you, and your government, as being responsible for all losses, cost, expenses, detriments, and all other injuries that may accrue to me …"
2 Franklin Chase, U.S. Consulate General, Tampico, to M.M. Lewis, Political Chief of the District [?], 12 November 1866
Franklin indicates he has received a 10 November note from Lewis with welcome news of Lewis' restored good health and resumption of duties that had temporarily been assigned to Colonel Asención Gomez.
3 Franklin Chase, United States Consulate General, Tampico, to the Honorable Frederich [W.?] Seward, Assistant Secretary of State, Washington, 5 August 1867
Here Franklin passes along an unconfirmed report of a revolt in Ciudad Victoria against Benito Juárez by supporters of General Porfirio Díaz, then turns to local circumstances. Describing a recent history of raids on farms and villages in the state of Tamaulipas, an inadequately armed Tampico, and the likelihood that state troops may switch allegiance, he advises Seward of the need for the American steamer Yankie to leave the port, even though "the inhabitants of this place manifest much alarm on account of their unprotected condition."
4 [Franklin Chase], 9 May 1870
Here Franklin recounts his version of the U.S. steamer Heroine's history. Addressee is not identified, but the account takes the form of a letter and may have been sent to, among others, Hamilton Fish as part of Franklin Chase's appeal during the last crisis of his consular career.
5 Franklin Chase, United States Consulate General, Tampico, Mexico, to the Honorable Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State, Washington, 19 May 1870
Here Franklin Chase summarizes his side of a controversy that may have resulted in his departure from the consulate and from Tampico. Calling on Fish to consider his account and enclosures [not found] in which John H. Riely, James B. Hart, Doctor [?] Danelle and Doctor [?] Robert attested to his innocence. Franklin explains that the steamer Heroine, "a vessel which our government had been fraudulently deprived of," was brought to the port of Tampico. "By carrying out Mr. Seward's instructions in regard to that vessel," Chase made an enemy of Lewis Wolfley, then an agent in Tampico and part owner of the Heroine. Also, evidently, an ex-clerk forged Chase's signature on a landing ertificate for the steamer. Later, according to Chase, Wolfley settled in New Orleans and became deputy and acting collector of internal revenue for that U.S. port, and the ex-clerk became his employee. "Foul and false accusations" and "an attack so insidiously made upon my consular character" were initiated by Wolfley and the former clerk and, he believed, motivated by vengeance. Among the enclosures described here were doctors' certificates to "prove the insanity of the said clerk, and that his excitement and anger were directed against me." The results, Franklin writes, were "unjust measures … enforced against me by Grant, Fish and B. Davis." He reminds the secretary of his and Mrs. Chase's risks and expenditures during the war with Mexico, and of his further patriotic efforts against the blockade runners of "the late Southern revolution."
6 Franklin Chase, in charge of the French Consulate, Late U.S. Consul General at Tampico, Brooklyn, to the Honorable Elihu B. Washburn, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Paris, 11 September 1872
Franklin submits, for Washburn's consideration, a narrative of his "services for the protection of the French residents at Tampico and their interests previously to and after the capitulation of the French forces and retirement therefrom." This first-person recollection ranges from bullet-dodging to supervising and signing official French documents for French vessels in the absence of a French consul. He seeks compensation from the French for various services performed between 1867 and 1870, for which he says he believed he would be paid.
Sub-series F. Correspondence: Others, 1847-1906
Folder Item
7 1 Col. Wm. Gates, Office of the Customs, Tampico, to W.L. Marcy, Secretary of War, 8 July 1847
The author of this report, which takes the form of a letter, gives a favorable assessment of local cooperation with "the modification of the tariff" by merchants. Gates lists those engaged in collection of monies in and near Tampico, including Franklin Chase and himself. Next, he provides a description of the Chase home and its utility as a customs house. He mentions the annual fee paid to Franklin for that use ($4,300) and argues that it is an appropriate expenditure. He reinforces his advocacy of the amount of compensation awarded the consul by attesting to his good reputation among local merchants and a comment he overheard made to Franklin Chase: "`Well, no smuggling goes on here now a days as you keep so sharp a watch.'" In a postcript, Gates notes that "ardent spirits present the greatest challenge to the Customs Office and to order and safety."
2 Wm. Gates to General Roger Jones, Adjutant General, U.S. Army, 24 November 1847
Gates acknowledges Jones' communication of 19 August 1847. He next expresses the opinion that the U.S. Congress need not provide compensation for services by a Captain Plummer who rendered service as a judge of a municipal court in Vera Cruz. Finally, he addresses an issue closer to home: a charge that he himself has received illegal compensation from Tampico's municipal government. The charge, made by General Shields, has been forwarded to Jones, Gates believes, and he expects Shields to relieve him of his "command of this Department." Gates writes that he is ready to defend himself "against enemies, either Mexicans or Americans. … I shall trust in the dispassionate wisdom of the Honorable Secretary of War …."
3 George [Rawson], Rocky Springs, Frederick County, to My Dear Mollie, 26 July 1857
This letter from a young man visiting loved ones amounts to an idyll of idling. He has tried to help his hosts with their work in the fields, "but I make such a poor to do that they always grant me a leave of absence, telling me to go about my business, and seek for pleasure, as I did not come here for work, but for amusement."
4 George, Rocky Springs, to My Pet, 29 July 1857
Acknowledges letter from addressee, calling it "the long looked for come at last." He confesses he has "fallen in love with a pink haired young lady. She is a perfect beauty (leaving off the hair) and from the dear old Baltimore too. You know her, it is Bell Bailey.
5 George, Congress Hall, Cape [?] Island, to Mollie, 15 July 1858
George reports having taken a swim in cold water, continued to socialize with "Baltimore People," rolled ten-pins, and more. He calls young girls by the nicknames Ned and Frank.
6 Richard Mason, Baltimore, 31 January 1859
[Marked "A copy of the letter of Richard C. Mason's to his friend, on the death of his son Richard Mason."] This is an emotional account of a young husband and father's death from Bright's Disease, with reference to his courage, devotion to family, friends, and business, and with much religious and spiritual commentary.
7 Paz {?], Tampico, to Dear Sir, 12 July 1859
Franklin Chase is evidently not the addressee, as he is discussed in the third person in this letter concerning regulations for display of flags in the port of Tampico. The issue was whether United States flags might be unfurled in observance of the Fourth of July. The consul evidently complied with whatever local rules applied. Paz mentions the governor's admiration for President Buchanan.
8 [Thos. Smith?], Robert L. Maitland & Co., to Wm. A Fleetwood Esq., Tampico, 27 November 1865
Writer refers to a 23 November communication, as well as an earlier one (20th) regarding an exchange with Mr. Alexander & Sons, concerning a first and second check [perhaps a matter of nonpayment]. "We return the second herewith, and hold the first for further directions from you."
9 George [Rawson], at sea, off the Banks of New Foundland, to My Dear Wife, 1 June 1873, 11:30 a.m.
[Also bearing the dates 30 and 31 May and 3 June, with diary-like entries during the writer's voyage toward Europe.] George notes the presence of three "Reverends" and a bishop on board, but finds no preaching conducted on Sunday. He comments on Germans and card parties. His traveling companion, Otto, is mentioned. The 3 June entry provides a graphic description of a storm and accident halfway across the Atlantic. Having recovered from the experience, George writes a reminder to his wife about a deposit she must make "about the middle of each month," then tells his agenda for the next several days and includes a remembrance from Otto.
10 George, Paris, to My Dear Wife, 14 June 1873
Recounts a sightseeing trip; enters a [possibly antisemitic] remark about a large clothing market; provides ship, line, and port information about his expected return to the States; tells his wife who to contact if she needs to order coal. In this letter, it is clear that Otto is on a business trip, with less leisure time than George has. Later letters show that George, too, is spending a portion of his tour on business concerns and manufacturing contacts.
11 George, Hotel De Lyon, Lyons, France, to My Dear Wife, 17 June 1873
Here George makes a Protestant judgment, one of several to follow in this series of travel letters: "Everything is Catholic, and the greater portion of the people are under the control of the priests." At a silk factory, the correspondent confesses that "I bought a few pieces just merely to say, when asked, that I bought some goods, as it must not be thought I came out on pleasure alone." Through Otto, George has met a Mr. Kessel of Harold and Co., who has promised to send him "a handsome lot of bows and knots for ladies wear, which he says are made very handsomely here and are all the go."
12 George, Hotel Du Word, St. Etienne, France, to My Dear Wife, 18 June 1873
After dismissing St. Etienne as "a dull, nasty place" where he must remain until Otto completes business there, George shifts from an attitude of disdain to a reverie of noblesse oblige as he recalls a good deed he performed en route to the continent: He and Otto pocketed fresh fruit from the dinner table and distributed it to "the steerage children" each day while on board. "One gentleman remarked, `Anyone can see you are family men.' We thought of ours at home and knew what would be our feelings if our condition was reversed."
13 George, Annaberg, to My Dear Wife, 28 June 1873
When chambermaids entered rooms while men were half-dressed, George admits, "It shocked my modesty." He observes other differences in custom and culture, including the spectacle of men kissing each other at train stations and the absence of idlers.
14 George, Annaberg, Saxony, to My Dear Wife, 12 June 1873
He has accompanied Otto on a business trip to Buckholz, thereby meeting and experiencing both business and home hospitality of "Mr. Bach, a very wealthy and clever young manufacturer." George declined to attend church with Otto, "as it would have been all German to me."
15 George, "Hotel Victoria," Dresden, Saxony, to My Dear Wife, 4 July 1873, 6 oclk am
Having taken a stroll and observed the people who "filled the streets," George writes that Dresden reminds him of Paris. He apologizes to his wife for a lack of descriptive talent. In a postscript, he engages in a bit of anti-monarchial whimsy: "We think of calling on the King today and presenting him with a bunch of crackers to fire off. Otto wanted to know last night as we passed the palace, `What the devil does he do with all those rooms." I suggested that he took boarders."
16 George, "Hotel Victoria," Dresden, to My Dear Wife, 4 July 1873
George describes two churches in the city: the Royal Church and the Frauenkirche. [If neither survived the bombings of World War II, George's observations, however sketchy, may hold value as an American visitor's impressions of now-lost landmarks.]
17 George, Hotel du Nord, Berlin, Prussia, to My Dear Wife, 6 June 1873
He locates the hotel on the Unter den Linden, and notes that it leads to the Brandenburg Gate. Disappointed in the quiet streets, struck by the orderliness of Germans, George comments, "You see so much of military that it thoroughly disgusts you." He has learned that the monarch is at Ems with the Russian tsar.
18 George, Paris, to My Dear Wife, 10 July 1873
George tells of his visit to Paris and side trips, and of plans for a London trip including business.
19 George, [Paris?], to Dear Mollie, 11 July 1873, Friday morning
In this letter, George hints of tensions between himself and Otto, promising to "tell you some things that have lately happened that will astonish you. They say the only way to thoroughly know people is to live with them."
20 George, Langham Hotel, London, to My Dear Wife, 15 July 1873
Here he has visited "one of our bark cloth merchants [Mr. Pearro]." From London, he recalls his recent experience at Notre Dame in Paris. Again, he is critical of the Catholic church. At the mass, the singing "was done by as villainous looking priests as I ever laid eyes on, their countenances … truly repulsive and so were all the others. He also has attended the American Episcopal Church [Paris or London?]. Turning to secular criticism, George notes that he does not like the style of the hotel and reports that he is encountering "lots of shoddy Americans here." As for himself, he feels homesick and squeamish.
21 George, "Langham Hotel," London, to My Dear Wife, 17 July 1873
Weary and nostalgic, he writes, "I am now like the school boy `I want to go home.' … now Dear Mollie I am like a machine run down."
22 George, Annaberg, to My Dear Wife
Word has reached him that his daughter has whooping cough; he has inquired about an early return but cannot get home until mid-August.
23 George, Paris, to My Dear Wife, 22 July 1873
George has bought his ailing daughter "a little French doll … and this afternoon I go to get the watches for Josie and George." He provides information on the steamer he hopes to take for New York, but notes that details are pending. He reports having toured in northwestern England, passing the Sheffield Cutlery Works. In Huddersfield, he visited business friends and manufacturers "But did not find what I wanted. I found that most of our goods had been shipped and the balance would follow shortly?" Again he offers criticism of a church service, this time of a "rather tame sermon" heard in the American Chapel in Paris. The midsummer traveler complains of weather "so hot it has unstrung my nerves and it is a labor for me to write."
24 J. Crawford Lyon, No. 6 South Street, Baltimore, Md., to Mrs. George A. Rawson, 9 June 1903
Reports slow progress in filling her request for a carved tusk cross-section. Now on its way, and at $42.80" more than your limit," it will add to her collection "of the rare and beautiful."
25 Aunt Adele, 238 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, to My Dear Josie, 9 January 1906
[This note is marked, in a different hand, upside down, "silver service Mrs. Chase."] The writer [Laura A. Renaud de St. Felix Chase] broaches the subject of a silver set and the suggestion made by the addressee's mother that "Sister" should have it. Adele has other ideas about the distribution of the silver set and other items stored with it in a sealed Mercantile Safe Deposit Company crate.



Series II. Documents, 1841-1877, undated

Sub-series A. Documents: Consular, 1841-1877, undated
Folder Item
8 1 [An accounting of the consul's expenditures relating to the death and burial of Stephen F. Donaldson, presumably to be repaid from, or already deducted from, the estate of the deceased. No title, undated, but the document was created in 1841 or later.]
Here, Chase has recorded dates in June and July 1841 on which he paid for cupping and bleeding "8 doz. leeches, apothecary bill"), shaving after death, bread, servants, gravedigging, and burial fees. Offset by $298 through the sale, at auction, of the effects of the dead man, Stephen [Fainface?] Donaldson, evidently a U.S. citizen who died in Tampico.
2 Isaac Johnston, et al., New Orleans, to Mrs. Ann Chase, 15 March 1847, ADS.
Seven New Orleans citizens formally thank Mrs. Chase for her role in placing Tampico in American hands, and announce their gift of a service of [silver] plate to her. Legible signatures include Isaac Johnston, A. Grossman, J.M. Stanton, Albert Welles Ely, and P.W. Norman. At the end of the signatures, the word "committee" signifies an organization formed either for the purpose of rewarding the heroine or a group that already existed.
3 Commission of Mr. Franklin Chase as Collector of the Port of Tampico, Mexico, ADS, 28 April 1847
Issued by the commanding officer of the Department of Tampico [signature partly illegible: J. Nel?]. The commission derives from a provison of the United States Tariffs Law cited in the document. The commissioning officer includes an expression of his "special trust and confidence in the honor, honesty abilities and fidelity of Mr. Franklin Chase…" Red underlining may have been added on the date the document was signed, or later.
4 Notices [in Spanish] combined on a printed handbill, 16-17 November 1847
Carrying messages from U.S. Treasury Secretary R.J. Walker, President James K. Polk, War Secretary Marcy and Major General Winfield Scott, this collection of announcements spells out how the Americans will govern the export of gold and silver from the mines of Mexico's interior, and what percentages of duties will be assessed according to the state of the metals being transported. The final item is a warning about compliance and enforcement: If gold and silver exports are not recorded on a ship's manifest, those exports will be confiscated; if their value exceeds $1,000, the ship attempting to carry them away will itself be confiscated.
5 W.L. Marcy, Secretary of War, by Command of Major General [H.L.] Scott, A.A.A.G., General Order No. 366, 6 December 1847, TDS
This War Department circular also bears the date 29 October 1847 and is headed with the boldly misspelled line "Headquetarrs of the Army, Mexico …" All U.S. Army officers who have been entrusted with public monies from collection of revenues in Mexico are to "render separate returns of the same to this department."
6 Order No. 22, 5 April 1848, ADS
Issued from Head Quarters, Tampico Department [War Department?], signed illegibly, this document provides for the establishment of a Marine hospital in the port by Dr. C.M. Hitchcock, "for the receipt of sick sailors and sick Americans who may be placed there under indigent circumstances." Chase is mentioned and will be involved, as harbor dues will pay the hospital's expenses. The document was issued by order of Col. Gates.
7 Certificate of Security granted by the Ministry of Exterior Relations of Mexico to D. Fran Peters, 12 January 1849, TDS. No. 1718, Registered No. 72, Book 8
This large blue sheet bears the seal of the Republic of Mexico and, beneath it, the words "The President of the Republic of Mexico." It bears the signature of the Minister of Exterior Relations. Through this instrument, D. Fran Peters is granted free passage into and within the Republic's territory. Beyond the order not to impede Peters' progress, officials are instructed to assist him. A provision in an 1828 regulation is invoked.
8 F.W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State, to Franklin Chase, Esq., U.S. Consul, Tampico, 15 February 1862
[printed circular with addressee blank filled in by hand, and with Seward's signature]
"To prevent informalities in the accounts of many consular officers …" Seward lists five specific record-keeping instructions involving the accounting for losses by exchange, maintaining separate accounts for postage, office rent, etc.
9 U.S. Department of State, Circular No. 12, issued to Franklin Chase, Esq., Consul of the United States, Tampico, Mexico, 12 May 1862
[Printed document with blank lines filled in by hand. License form at end of circular remains uncompleted.]
The heart of the circular is in the introductory messages from William H. Seward: The Union will depend on its consular officers to control the shipment of contraband during the Rebellion. Certain duties in the vigil against smuggling may not be delegated to subordinates, and new and additional precautions and paperwork are being added to the consular duties. Following this, a message from President Lincoln regarding his 19 April 1861 proclamation and the somewhat relaxed situation in three ports: Beaufort, N.C., Port Royal, S.C., and New Orleans, La.
10 Hon. William D. Kelley, The Practice of Justice Our Only Security for the Future. Pamphlet [text of an address given in the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 16 January 1865], Congressional Globe Office, 1865
Kelley supported an amendment to a bill guaranteeing a republican form of government in states usurped or overthrown. He notes here how this pertains to Mexico, and discusses claims by both U.S. and Mexican citizens regarding injuries, referring to provisions within the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848.
11 Pamphlet, undated
Related to the above pamphet is this printed copy [8 pp.] or remarks on the same House bill. Mr. Kelley, it is reported here, moved to amend the bill so that insstead of providing for enrollment of "all the white male citizens of the U.S.," it would also apply to "all other male citizens … who may be able to read the Constitution …" He addressed the Speaker of the House with this comment: "These are indeed terrible times for timid people." Regarding governance of Rebel and border states, Kelley evidently opposed harsh Reconstruction policies.
12 Conventions entre B. LaPlace et F. Clavel [agreements between …], New Orleans, 26 December 1864, notarized and certified 12 February 1867, New Orleans, ADS [in French, Spanish]. Filed 14 [June?] 1866
This five-page agreement contains the history of a commercial partnership and sets forth the terms of its establishment and its dissolution. LaPlace and Clavel formed a commercial society and shared, through that firm, ownership in a ship, the Susan Jane, among other items. The ship will be sold as part of the liquidation. One partner will conduct the liquidation; the other will remove himself from involvement in that activity. The Mexican republic's consul in New Orleans certifies the signature of the notary public Onisiphore Drouet and affirms that it is the same one he uses in all his writings. LaPlace is mentioned in some of the Franklin Chase letters; Clavel in a document.
13 Extract, Flag Ship Sugruhanna, off Tampico Bar, 18 July 1867, ADS
W.D. Maddocks, Acting Master Commander [U.S. Navy?], Tampico, certifies at the beginning of this sequence or collection of materials that it provides "a true and faithful esctract copy of the original letter of instructions which I retain on board the U.S.S. Glasgow." All pertains to the ship, the Yankie, subject of great controversy for Chase in 1870.
14 J. McKinney, Notary Public, City of Washington, District of Columbia, 11 April 1870, ADS [testimony in praise of Franklin Chase]
Charles [Nedhausen?] indicates that he has done much business with Chase as a businessman residing for the past seven years in Tampico. Chase, he tells the notary, is "devoted to the welfare of the people of the United States and … has always labored zealously to protect his fellow country men in person, and property from the ravages of revolutionary war which has so long devastated that unhappy country." He relates an incident in which Chase refused to approve an import of arms into Mexico because of irregularities, and notes that he incurred much anger in the process.
15 Handbill, «El C. General Ascensción Gomez … »[printed document in Spanish, signed on board the brig Constante, 6 June 1877]
This provides details of the orderly removal of troops from Tampico to Ciudad Victoria. Gen. Desiderio Pavon will remain to occupy Tampico's plaza "to conserve his power as chief." The patriotic sentiments of the inhabitants and their sacrifices during the three years of war against the invader are noted. The governor general wishes to work closely with them as administrators are appointed to reestablish constitutional order. Those who took part in political agitation and did not leave Tampico will not be disturbed. Generals Pavon and Gomez will suspend hostilities. [No handwritten or imprinted signatures appear; the two generals' names appear at the bottom of the document in italic type.]
16 Anastasio Passoli, Tampico, to the General Command of the Department of Tamaulipas, 23 May [no year], ADS [in Spanish]
Lacking a salutation, this might appropriately be categorized as a report, complaint, or statement of protest. Passoli had, by his account, received??? a note at 10 p.m. the previous evening advising him that permission had not been granted for taking charge of the shipment brought in by the American brig the Foam. Preferring the old rules to the new ones, he notes [sarcastically?] that the Foam has more security than most. The [presumably American military] regulations and precautions have slighted the honor and prevented the labor of Mexican dock employees, who in Passoli's view have always followed the principles of legality, even when they see hostile injustice -- as they now do.
17 Andrew Nelson, [informal] will, undated
Nelson, of Charleston, S.C., master of the brig Eliza, here makes provisions for his daughter in Charleston in the event of his death. He names a guardian for the then-seven-year-old child, makes reference to monies owed him by charter customers, including a Mrs. Carvalha and Ramon de [Ubrago?]. Although Chase's name does not appear among the witnesses, two are listed as residents of Tampico and he may have kept such documents as a matter of consular routine or courtesy.
Sub-series B. Documents: Private Business, 1847-1872, undated
Folder Item
9 1 E. Babbitt to [Franklin Chase], 12 November 1847, ADS [title illegible]
Chase is requested to deliver "any one of the following boxes of revenue funds from the vault" to M. Manneone.
2 Patente [privilege, patent], 21 January 1852 [in Spanish]
Franklin and Anna Chase are granted permission to carry on their clothing store in No. 56 of Tampico's Union Street, and will pay six pesos per month. R. [Prieto?] Humberto has signed the certificate.
3 Contract of Partnership, 12 November 1852, ADS
Chase Gordon Company of Tampico is formed, with Mr. Franklin Chase, Mrs. Ann Chase, and William Gordon as principals. They will carry on general business at the port under joint management.
4 Transfer of property/bill of sale, 18 May 1859 [in Spanish]
This lengthy narrative concludes with the sale of a home and commercial lot by Minerva Lafler to Don y Doña Chase. It includes the signature of Gorgonio Rivera, dated 11 February of the same year.
5 Bill of sale, 25 September 1863, Cornelius de LaMater to F. Chase, printed document [with handwritten information], signed, sealed, notarized
Elsewhere in this document, the sale of the steamer Oachita to F. Clavel is recorded. It is not clear whether the steamer is the object that changed hands from LaMater to Chase and then from Chase to Clavel, but the sum of $10,500 was paid.
6 [David?] Tweed to the order of [Mrs.?] N. Maitland Esq., receipt, Tampico, 1865, $384
The description of service rendered or property exchanged is unclear [compiler could not decipher].
7 Document, 9 September 1868, ADS
This item bears the name of the Sharpe Manufacturing Company and four signatures, including a name similar to Ann Chase's maiden name McClarmonde [W. Clermond] and contains a reference to a gate.
8 Thomas J. Durant, Fendall & Fendall, Franklin Chase vs. The Republic of Mexico (Washington, D.C.: McGill and Witherow, Publishers, 1869), pamphlet
9 American Shipmasters' Association, Marine Register of Classification of Vessels (New York: 15 June 1870), printed pamphlet or brochure
10 Handbill or broadside, New York, N.Y., 17 April 1872
As a brig is prepared to depart from the New York harbor with Tampico as its destination, the signers [including the collector and a Naval officer] state that, to their knowledge, "no plague, or any dangerous or contagious disease, [are] at present in the said port."
11 Mem. of Silver, AD, undated
Probably the work of Ann Chase, this provides an inventory of household effects from Tampico, ranging from silverplate to table aprons, and assessing a value for each.
Sub-series C. Documents: Social, 1851, undated
Folder Item
10 1 Franklin Chase, calling card, undated
2 Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State, and Mrs. Fish, Washington, to Mrs. Franklin Chase, undated Printed/autographed card enclosed in envelope without postage
Ann Chase's welcoming card to the Fish residence during one of her stays in Washington. "At home" Friday evening, 10 December, 9 p.m.
3 Black-bordered announcement/invitation [in Spanish], January 1851
Eight individuals invite friends of D. Jaime McClarnon [most likely Ann Chase's brother] to attend his burial on 18 Janaury 1851. Printed and illustrated, the invitation bears the names Anna McClarnon de Chase, Franklin Chase, Amelia B. Fowler, Estuardo L. Jolly, Teofilo Larauer, Ramon Obregon, Guillermo Gordon and B.C. Sanchez.



Series III. Clippings, 1846-1876, undated

Folder Item
11 1 "A Daily Lesson in History. Mrs. Ann Chase, The Heroine of Tampico in the Mexican War," undated, no place cited
2 "The Judges Threatened," undated, no place cited
3 "Tampico, Mexico," [17 December 1846]., no place cited
The date given is the date on the report, not the date of its publication.
4 "Letter from Mrs. Chase," [17 April 1847], no place cited
The date given is the date on the letter, not the date of its publication. The letter was written to Mr. B.M. Norman, who, the editors note, then shared it with them. Ann discusses what she considers to be the shameful treatment of Americans in Mexico City
5 «El Bufon Sorbiendo Huebos,» [The Buffoon Sucking Eggs], editorial cartoon [in Spanish], undated [mid- to late 1840s], no place cited
A caricatured James K. Polk wears an apron and holds an egg labeled "Mexico" from which an eagle clutching a serpent in its beak [the national symbol] is emerging. Other eggs rest on the ground at Polk's feet: Canada, Cuba, Texas. The Texas egg is already cracking. One smaller figure, a man who has popped his arms, head, and legs out of his own eggshell marked "Ireland," is bending over the Canadian egg and staring at it. Polk is observing that one egg has awhile to wait, and one is already hatched, but "there goes."
6 Letter to the Editor, [4 August 1847], no place cited
The date given is the date on the letter. Mrs. Chase is the subject of the letter.
7 "To Miss Sarah C.C." for the Evening Mercury, undated, no place cited
Poem, possibly written by Ann Chase. See also poetry folder.
8 "The Great Heroine," undated, no place cited
9 "The Heroine of Tampico," undated, no place cited
10 "Mrs. Chase," undated, no place cited
11 "Ann Chase," undated, no place cited
12 "Mrs. Chase," undated, no place cited
13 "A Sister's Lament for an Absent Brother," for the American Eagle, undated, no place cited
14 "Mrs. Chase," undated, no place cited
15 "The Heroine of Tampico," undated, no place cited
16 F.L. Waddell, "Mrs. Chase, the Heroine of Tampico," for the Evening Mirror.
Waddell's poetic tribute to Ann Chase. See also poetry folder.
17 "Mrs. Chase," undated, no place cited
18 "Correspondence of the Delta. Letter from Mexico, Tampico, May 30, 1853. Foreshadowings of Despotism." Daily Delta, undated
The correspondent closes this report in this way: "signed su survidor, el pobre diablo Mexicano" [poor Mexican devil].
19 [Untitled] clipping, New York Watch, 12 March 1876
The article includes a paragraph on Jefferson Davis' speech on the Mexican War.
20 V.E. Wilhelmine M'Cord, [Untitled] poem, Sunday Delta, undated
See also poetry folder.
21 "Passage of the Red Sea," undated, no place cited
Lines from Pope are quoted.
22 "Windsor Castle as the Home of Kings," undated, no place cited
23 "Last Will and Testament of Daniel Webster," Daily Crescent, undated
24 "Rawson-Chase," undated, no place cited [Baltimore, Md.], and other clippings collected in an envelope
The first item provides an account of the wedding of Franklin Chase's [niece?]. Other enclosures include a story concerning a railroad to be built through Washington, D.C., a proposed extension of the Colt patent, and a humorous account of a mock wedding. From the inscription on the envelope, the person saving the items was Likely Franklin or Laura A. de St. Felix Chase; other items evidently also were placed within the envelope at one time.
25 [Untitled] paragraph, undated, no place cited
This item concerns Baltimore brides in general.
26 "Rawson-Chase," undated, no place cited; "Sermon of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn," undated, no place cited
These two items are preserved within a folded sheet of paper bearing handwritten notes on the outside.
27 "A Strange Character," undated, no place cited
Literary discussion of the death of a woman who supposedly provided the basis for a character in Whittier's "Snowbound."
28 "Administration Rottenness. The Crimes of the Carpet Baggers -- The Washington Crowd Loading Down the Republican Party with a Worse Than Tammany Gang," reprinted from Spectator, in Weekly Sun, undated, no place cited



Series IV. Photographs, undated

Sub-series A. Photographs: Ann McClarmonde Chase, undated
Folder Item
12 1 Ann Chase
2″ × 4″ mounted print, undated, New York. In middle age.
Sub-series B. Photographs: Franklin Chase, undated
Folder Item
13 1 [Franklin Chase?], undated, Julio Amiel, Fotógrafo, México.
2 Franklin Chase, American Consul General to Mexico, undated
By E.M. Douglass, Brooklyn.
Sub-series C. Photographs: Others, undated
Folder Item
14 1 John T. Pickett, undated, no place cited
Oval mounted on 2″ × 4″ card, signed "With sincere regards of your friend Jno. T. Pickett."
2 [Laura de St. Felix], 24 January 1870, no place cited
Not identified, but a duplicate of the following item, which is identified as the future Mrs. Chase.
3 Laura Adele R. de St. Felix, 8 april 1862, no place cited
4 Grandma Roach, undated, Newcastle-on-Tyne
[Handwritten inscriptions not decipherable by compiler.] Studio: W. Sullivan, Photographer, Neville Street near Central Station, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 3054, J. Fly."
5 Grandma Conan, undated, no place cited
2″× 4″ image, inscribed on back "Age 102 years."
6 General Shields, undated, no place cited
"Studio of E. Anthony in Brady's."
7 [?] Palmer and David Farragut, 25 November 1864, New Orleans
2″ × 4″ image of the two naval leaders seated facing each other. A printed caption underneath the photograph reads: "Entered according to act of Congress Nov. 25, 1864, by McPherson & Oliver, Dist. Ct. vs. E. District of Louisiana. Studio of McPherson & Oliver, Poydras N. 132 Canal Street Up Stairs."
8 Augustin Barrota, undated, no place cited
2″ × 4″ image, mounted on embossed card and inscribed [in Spanish], "a token of appreciation for the U.S. Consul in Tampico, Franklin Chase." Barrota appears in uniform and holds a small baton.
9 Charles de St. Cbarles, 10 [?], 1867, Tampico
Inscribed [in French] "á Madame Anna Chase" with affection.
10 Laura A. Renaud de St. Felix Chase, [early 1900s?], no place cited
5″ × 7″ image, a later portrait showing Franklin Chase's second wife dressed in black. A newspaper obituary, hand-dated [for her death date, 25 February 1909], is pasted to the back of the card on which the photograph is mounted. See also Clippings folder.



Series V. Poems, 1846-1847, undated

Folder Item
15 1 Anna Chase, Tampico, to Mrs. Emma Stuart, Tampico, 25 April 1846
A poem for Emma, evidently written by Ann, enclosed with a letter. See also folder of Correspondence: Ann Chase (sent).
2 "Lines [?] aboard ship Virginia Stevens, Lancaster City, 22 October 1847
A farewell poem for a female friend.
3 "Dermot Astore," undated, no place cited
Handwritten copy of poem by Mrs. [?] Crawford, for "Music by F.N. Grouek." These verses complement some of Mrs. Chase's references, both patriotic and wry, to her Irish heritage in some of her correspondence. The refrain tells that "Killarney's wild echoes had borne it away."
4 [Untitled] fragment, undated, no place cited
Handwritten copy of a religious poem in which the narrator addresses Jesus.
5 [Untitled], undated, no place cited
Humorous verse ridiculing uppity women, including the lines "He has no wife but just an incarnation / Of hair brained schemes for public reformation."
6 [Untitled], undated, no place cited
Evidently an anti-Confederate work, employing Major Pitcairn's command, "Disperse you Rebels" as its epigraph. The poet deplores the carnage of war.
7 "To Miss Sarah C.C." for the Evening Mercury, undated, no place cited
See also Clippings folder.
8 F.L. Waddell, "Mrs. Chase, the Heroine of Tampico," for the Evening Mirror, undated, no place cited
See also Clippings folder.
9 V.E. Wilhelmine M'Cord, [Untitled poem], in Sunday Delta, undated, no place cited
See also Clippings folder.



Series VI. Fragments, 1846-1884, undated

Sub-series A. Fragments: Letters, 1846-1873, undated
Folder Item
16 1 [Ann Chase], Tampico, to My Beloved Husband, 21 October 1846
She mentions General Taylor. Recalling a crisis, she states, "I would have given $5,000 dollars for one hundred Donnybrook boys … Do not delay one moment longer as this town is now without any obstacle for the Americans to enter, the custom house is empty … He has taken 41 cannon …" She asks Franklin to give information to his government.
2 A to Dear Husband, 22 October 1846
3 [Ann Chase], New York, to My Dear Franklin, 25 August 1852
4 [Ann Chase], New York, to My Beloved Husband, 13 October 1852
5 [Ann Chase], to my Beloved Husband, 18 June 1858
6 [?], Tampico, to My Dear Mrs. Chase, 4 October 1859
7 Ann, St. Nicholas Hotel, New York, to My Dear and Beloved Husband, 4 April 1865, "10 o'clock a.m. All well"
8 [Ann Chase], St. Nicholas Hotel, New York, to My Dear and Beloved Husband, 4 April 1865
9 [Ann Chase], Brooklyn, to My beloved Husband, 19 May 1865
10 [Ann Chase], New York, to My Beloved Husband, 29 May 1865
11 [Ann Chase] at [?], New York, to My Beloved Husband, 7 October 1865
12 [Ann Chase], St. Nicholas Hotel, to My Dear, and Beloved Husband, 16 October 1865
13 [?], Tampico, to Honorable Mathias Romero, Washington, 7 December 1865
Marked "very confidential."
14 [?], Parish Plaquemine, La. [Pass A loula?] Station, to My Dear Brother, 29 February 1868
15 [Ann Chase], National Hotel, Washington, to My Beloved Husband, 29 December 1869
16 [Ann Chase], St. Nicholas Hotel, New York, to My Dear and Beloved Husband, 20 June 1870
17 Franklin Chase, Tampico, to Hon. Tho. H. Nelson, Mescico, 21 June 1871
18 [George Rawson], Paris, France, to My Dear Wife, 11 June 1873
19-29 Undated letter fragments
30-35 Scraps
Sub-series B. Fragments: Other, 1884, undated
Folder Item
17 1 Franklin Chase signature
A closing and his signature, evidently clipped from a letter.
2 J. [Josie?] Chase signature
A closing and signature, also evidently from a letter.
3 Envelope, undated, no place cited
Directed to F.L. N. Mac S[?]hose Esq. [partly indecipherable].
4 Envelope, undated, no place cited
Directed to Andrew Somey Dell Lernor, with the name T. Ervy also written on the outside.
5 Envelope, undated
Addressed to C. Chase, New York, care of the postmaster, New York City, and with several crossed-out inscriptions. A fragment of a poem appears on the other side, including the phrases "the soaring eagle" and "no intervention."
6 Treasury Department, Washington, D.C., to Franklin Chase, 238 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, [envelope only], postmarked 13 January 1884
An inscription on the back indicates it was received 1 February 1884.



Series VII. Miscellaneous, undated

Folder Item
18 1 The Union, Th[e Cons]tition and the Compromise, printed campaign tract, undated, [New York]
In suport of the re-election of a New York Whig J. Phillips Phoenix, this page of persuasive writing characterizes Phoenix's opponent as "one of the most ultra woolly heads in the state … the man who offered the incendiary abolition resolutions …"