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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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Robert G. Ingersoll, attorney in the Star Route trials, pumps 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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A well-dressed Robert G. Ingersoll carries 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; Star routes; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916

Date: 1883-07-25

Consistent civil service reform

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President Cleveland hands a paper that states "Re-appointment for Honesty and Efficiency" to Henry G. Pearson for his appointment as Postmaster in New York. Pearson carries 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

Letter from W. B. Cooley to Theodore Roosevelt

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W. B. Cooley, chief clerk in the Post Office Department, has communicated with the Postmaster General about Commissioner Roosevelt's note and enclosed statement. The Postmaster General suggests a meeting the following day to discuss how he might reply to such a statement.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: United States Postal Service; Wanamaker, John, 1838-1922

Date: 1890-03-03

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 James Sullivan Clarkson to Theodore Roosevelt

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James Sullivan Clarkson proposes that the post offices in the larger cities be made branches of the National Post Office in Washington and indicates his wish that Roosevelt participate in national Republican Party affairs. Clarkson also discusses a postmasters' bill submitted by Henry Cabot Lodge and criticizes how President Cleveland has dealt with the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hawaii; United States Postal Service; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

Date: 1893-04-27

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

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