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An uncompleted task

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Print shows Wayne MacVeagh wearing a workman's apron and holding papers labeled "Wayne McVeagh Resignation", standing in front of a brick wall with a large star on it labeled "To be Bricked up for Star Route Jobbery", with an opening showing Stephen W. Dorsey and Thomas J. Brady. Bricks and mortar labeled "Retribution Mortar" are at the base of the wall, and a pile of "Investigation Sand" is to the left. Caption: McVeagh "Good bye, my brethren; you thoroughly deserve to be bricked up; but I'm afraid I can't wait to finish the job!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Postal service--Employees; Scandals; Political corruption; Star routes; Bricklaying; MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916

Date: 1881-10-05

Thomas L. James, the man who stamped out the Star Route swindle

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Print shows a full-length portrait of Thomas L. James, Postmaster General, standing, facing left, among papers emblazoned with stars littering the floor, holding a stamp labeled "Indicment" [sic] in his right hand.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Star routes; Postal service; Governmental investigations; Political corruption; United States. Post Office Department; United States. Postmaster General; James, Thomas L. (Thomas Lemuel), 1831-1916

Date: 1881-10-19

The harder he pumps, the dirtier his case gets

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Illustration shows Robert G. Ingersoll, attorney in the Star Route trials, pumping Montfort C. Rerdell, depicted as a pump, for more "Evidence" as Thomas J. Brady and Stephen Wallace Dorsey stand in the "Prisoners Box."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political corruption; Scandals--Political aspects; Star routes; Judicial process; Hand pumps; Postal service; Lawyers; Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Rerdell, Montfort C.

Date: 1883-03-07

The result of the Star Route trials

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Illustration shows a well-dressed Robert G. Ingersoll carrying two large bags of money labeled "Counsel Fees" as he departs the "Washington Court House"; exiting on the right side, wearing tattered clothing, are defendants Thomas Jefferson Brady and Stephen Wallace Dorsey.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Star routes; Political corruption; Scandals--Political aspects; Judicial process; Postal service; Lawyers; Courthouses; Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916

Date: 1883-06-20

Dorsey, the American "informer" - he finds one willing ear

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Print shows the interior of the "N.Y. Sun Editorial Rooms" where "Political Scandals [are] Promptly Attended to," also "Post Mortem Scandals Especially Desired", with elderly editor Charles A. Dana sitting at a desk, listening through an earhorn to Stephen W. Dorsey who is labeled "Public Contempt," wearing tattered clothing, and with his left arm in a sling labeled "Acquitted by a Washington Jury." Dana is transcribing "Dorsey's Own Statement"; an inkpot on the desk is labeled "Gall."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Corruption; Scandals; Newspaper editors; Postal service; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916

Date: 1883-07-25

Consistent civil service reform

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Illustration shows President Cleveland handing a paper that states "Re-appointment for Honesty and Efficiency" to Henry G. Pearson for his appointment as Postmaster in New York. Pearson is carrying a box labeled "The People's Trust." In the background are Whitelaw Reid with dagger labeled "N. Y. Tribune" and Charles A. Dana with dagger labeled "N. Y. Sun." Both appear angry that an efficient and honest citizen has been appointed to a civil service position. Caption: Bravos in Background - "Ha! Foiled again!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Civil service reform; Postal service--Employees; Patronage, Political; Newspaper editors; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Pearson, Richmond, 1852-1923; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897

Date: 1885-04-08

Postcard from L. F. Abbott to John Campbell Greenway

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L. F. Abbott initially missed John Campbell Greenway's letter and has now made sure the package is en route. He recently spoke to Dr. Bancroft about Greenway and Bancroft called Greenway "a perfect gentleman."

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Letters; Parcel post; Men--Conduct of life; Bancroft, C. F. P. (Cecil Franklin Patch), 1839-1901

Date: 1892-08-11

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt tells his sister Anna Roosevelt he has been to Philadelphia to examine the Post Office and Internal Revenue Service. He also attended a farewell dinner for Bellamy Storer where he conversed with Rudyard Kipling and dined with many others as well.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Dinners and dining; Farewells; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Post office stations and branches; United States. Internal Revenue Service; Storer, B. (Bellamy), 1847-1922; Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936

Date: 1895-03-10

Letter from George Howland to Theodore Roosevelt

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George Howland recommends William L. Weitzel as the letter carrier for the Glens Creek route near Frankfurt, Kentucky.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Letter carriers; Postal service--Administration; Rural free delivery; Kentucky--Frankfort; United States. Post Office Department; Weitzel, William L.

Date: 1901-08-27

Letter from W. E. Carroll to Theodore Roosevelt

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W. E. Carroll is frustrated with the Hillsboro postmaster.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Postmasters

Date: 1901-08-28

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