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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

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 Anna Lee Osh to Robert Barnwell Roosevelt

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Anna Lee Osh is related to the Roosevelt family and hopes that President Roosevelt can use his influence to get her husband, N. H. Osh, a position as postal carrier in Carlock, Illinois.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Letter carriers; Postal service--Employees; Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Illinois--Carlock; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1902-11-03

Letter from John A. Merritt to Henry Clay Payne.

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Postmaster John A. Merritt responds to Postmaster General Henry Clay Payne's request for an explanation of why O. H. Smith retains his position of finance clerk.  Merritt explains the situation and requests that he be allowed to retain Smith because of Smith's value as an employee.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Postal service--Administration; Postal service--Discipline; Postal service--Employees; Washington (D.C.); United States. Post Office Department

Date: 1903-06-24

The Postal Record

Description:

July 1903 edition of The Postal Record, the monthly journal of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Several paragraphs, mostly those regarding resolutions by state conventions thanking William Randolph Hearst for his support of letter carriers, have been circled.

Resource Type: Magazine

Subject: Letter carriers; Postal service--Employees--Societies, etc.; American periodicals; Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951

Date: 1903-07

Letter to the Postmaster General

Description:

A published copy of a letter in which Charles Emory Smith defends his administration of the Post Office Department, particularly the classification of employees involved in rural free delivery.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Postal service--Administration; Rural free delivery; Postal service--Employees--Legal status, laws, etc.; Civil service positions--Classification; Civil service--Law and legislation; United States. Post Office Department; Payne, Henry C. (Henry Clay), 1843-1904; Procter, John Robert, 1844-1903; Smith, Charles Emory, 1842-1908

Date: 1903-07-14

More rough riding

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President Roosevelt as a "Rough Rider" carries a pike labeled "Fearlessness" and rides an elephant labeled "Administration." He has chased many men labeled "Dishonest Official" and "Corruption" from the "Post Office" Department. There are mail bags labeled "Corruption, Scandal, [and] Bribery" and letters labeled "Bribe, Scandal, [and] Bribery" flying in the rush of wind as corrupt officials flee Roosevelt and the rampaging elephant.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Corruption; Elephants; Postal service--Employees; Scandals

Date: 1903-07-29

Memorandum from Joseph L. Bristow to Henry C. Payne

Description:

Joseph L. Bristow writes to Postmaster General Payne regarding the work history and salary of John W. Pettit at the Baltimore, Maryland Post Office.

Resource Type: Memorandum

Subject: Postal service--Employees--Salaries, etc.; Maryland--Baltimore; United States. Post Office Department

Date: 1903-08-18

Letter from Henry C. Payne to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Postmaster General Payne would like a new rule adopted regarding appointments to unclassified positions in post offices. The rule would require these appointments to be requested and recommended by the local postmaster to the Post Office Department. Previously, members of Congress have been able to request and receive an allowance for a clerk position without the consent or knowledge of the postmaster.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Civil service--Law and legislation; Postal service--Employees--Legal status, laws, etc.; Local officials and employees--Selection and appointment; Postal service--Administration; United States. Post Office Department; United States. Congress

Date: 1903-08-25

Memorandum from S. Nicholson

Description:

Government employment history of George W. Beavers.

Resource Type: Memorandum

Subject: Postal service--Employees--Promotions; Postal service--Employees--Salaries, etc.; United States. Post Office Department; Beavers, George W.

Date: 1903-09-08

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