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Letter from William P. Frye to Theodore Roosevelt

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Senator Frye asks about rumors regarding Thomas W. Cridler's removal as the Third Assistant Secretary of State. Cridler has an excellent work history and Frye hopes the rumors are false. He believes selecting Herbert H. D. Peirce to replace Cridler would be a mistake as Peirce doesn't have the necessary experience for the role.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Employment references; United States. Department of State; Cridler, Thomas W. (Thomas Wilbur), 1850-1914; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916

Date: 1901-10-23

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge

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President Roosevelt explains to Henry Cabot Lodge that he had decided to replace Assistant Secretary of State Thomas W. Cridler with Herbert H. D. Peirce before speaking with Cabot; he also mentions the "ferocious" reaction of some to that decision. Roosevelt also mentions southern reaction to the "Booker T. Washington incident," ascribing it to the aggressive spirit of the American South and states such attitudes will not cause him to change his appointments.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Government executives--Selection and appointment; Race relations--Government policy; Race relations--Political aspects; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Cridler, Thomas W. (Thomas Wilbur), 1850-1914; Hay, John, 1838-1905; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Penrose, Boies, 1860-1921; Elkins, Stephen B. (Stephen Benton), 1841-1911; Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915

Date: 1901-10-28

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Thomas Collier Platt

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President Roosevelt informs Senator Platt that Thomas W. Cridler has accepted the position as a representative of the St. Louis Exposition. Roosevelt agrees with Secretary of State John Hay and former President McKinley that Cridler is not "well fitted" to be Assistant Secretary of State. He also assures Platt that Assistant Secretary of State Herbert H. D. Peirce was suggested for the position by others before Senator Henry Cabot Lodge became involved.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Government executives--Selection and appointment; Government executives--Salaries, etc.; Cridler, Thomas W. (Thomas Wilbur), 1850-1914; Hay, John, 1838-1905; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Hitchcock, Ethan Allen, 1835-1909

Date: 1901-10-29

Letter from John Hay to Theodore Roosevelt

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Secretary of State Hay suggests appointing Herbert H. D. Peirce, Colonel Bingham, and Commander Rodgers to a committee that will oversee the ceremonies for unveiling the statue of General Rochambeau.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Statues--Planning; International relations; France; Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de, 1725-1807; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Bingham, Theo. A. (Theodore Alfred), 1858-1934; Rodgers, Raymond Perry, 1849-1925

Date: 1902-03-27

Memorandum regarding Vajiravudh

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Preparations are moving forward for receiving Crown Prince Vajiravudh of Siam. Secretary of State Hay will receive the Crown Prince if President Roosevelt is unable to do so.

Resource Type: Memorandum

Subject: Diplomatic etiquette; International relations; Scheduling; Thailand; Hay, John, 1838-1905; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Vajiravudh, King of Siam, 1881-1925

Date: 1902-09-30

Report regarding Consul Winslow

Description:

Assistant Secretary Peirce telephoned regarding President Roosevelt's conversation with Senator Fairbanks and inquired as to whether a decision has been made on Peirce's suggestion that Consul Winslow be appointed to Barbados.

Resource Type: Report

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, American--Selection and appointment; Guatemala; Barbados; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918

Date: 1903-03-12

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the Acting Secretary of State

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President Roosevelt gives recommendations to the Acting Secretary of State to effect no change in Coburg, Germany. Roosevelt asserts that Mr. Hughes will not receive any further consideration from the State Department and that the attacks on Mr. Saylor were considered at the time of the appointment, and require no further investigation.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, American--Management; Diplomatic and consular service, American--Selection and appointment; Consuls; Scandals--Political aspects; Germany--Coburg; United States. Department of State; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916

Date: 1904-02-03

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Hay

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President Roosevelt urges Secretary Hay to take quick action regarding the scandal of American diplomats in China and mentions possible replacements for Consuls Goodnow and McWade. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Consuls; Diplomatic and consular service, American; International offenses; Political corruption; Political crimes and offenses--Investigation; Scandals; China--Shanghai; China--Guangzhou; Goodnow, John, 1858-1907; McWade, Robert M.; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Ridgely, Benjamin H., 1861-1908

Date: 1904-07-08

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Boies Penrose

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt must remove Robert McWade, the consul general at Canton. McWade has been guilty of corruption, indecent and drunken behavior in public, and is a general "source of scandal." Roosevelt would like to change the way consuls are appointed. Roosevelt will fill the vacancies by promotion or by selecting men who either the Department or himself can personally support.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Promotions; Employee selection; Consuls; Alcohol; Scandals; Political corruption; Philippines; Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930; McWade, Robert M.; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916

Date: 1904-08-06

Letter from John Hay to Knute Nelson

Description:

Secretary Hay has received Senator Nelson's letter regarding Consul Goodnow. Third Assistant Secretary Peirce spoke with Goodnow during his tour of inspection of the consulates. There have been several complaints and a serious set of charges filed against Goodnow.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, American; Political crimes and offenses--Investigation; International offenses; Consuls; China--Shanghai; Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916; Goodnow, John, 1858-1907

Date: 1904-08-13

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