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The custom-house code of morals under our beautiful tariff system

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In this vignette cartoon, William Dorsheimer is seated at center in the "Office of the U.S. District Attorney and Editorial Rooms of the New York Star" where he receives a letter from "Daniel Manning Sec'y Treas.," asking him "to stop the acceptance of bribes by the employees of the Custom House, without delay." The surrounding cartoons all show instances of customs officials being offered bribes by travelers returning from abroad, including a "sketch by our special artist," i.e., Puck, showing a customs official headed home, laden with merchandise in the form of bribes.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Public officers; Customs administration--Officials and employees; Customs inspection; Bribery; Travelers; New York (State); Dorsheimer, William, 1832-1888

Date: 1885-10-14

A great past and a pitiful present

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Whitelaw Reid, John Sherman, George F. Hoar, and John Logan lift Uncle Sam above a swamp filled with several faces of corruption labeled "Blainism, Robesonism, Mahone Repudiation, Land Grab, Whiskey Ring, Rotten Ships, Pension Swindle, Fraud 1876, Star Routers, Salary Grab, Army Ring, [and] Sectional Issue." Reid gestures toward a statue in the upper left that shows General Robert E. Lee surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant and Admiral David G. Farragut at the base of a statue showing Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and a slave freed from bondage. Caption: Uncle Sam - "It's no use lifting me up to look at your monumental record, gentlemen; what can you give me to stand on now!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Sectionalism (United States); Political corruption; Wetlands; Public officers; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870; Mahone, William, 1826-1895

Date: 1885-10-28

Another "boycott"

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David B. Hill holds a large brush and George H. Sterling holds a bucket of paste, as bill stickers post a notice that states "Notice. We Hereby Boycott Cleveland, the Civil Service Humbug!! David B. Hill Governor - George H. Sterling would-be Weigher would-be Port-Warden" on a wall labeled "White House Grounds."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Patronage, Political; Public officers; Boycotts; Signs and signboards; Political corruption; New York (State); Washington (D.C.); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Sterling, George H.

Date: 1885-12-02

A nice attitude for a United States Senator!

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Senator David B. Hill, on his knees, begs Richard Croker, the "Boss of New York," and Hugh McLaughlin, the "Boss of Brooklyn," to use their influence to "Please nominate my friend Maynard for Judge of the Court of Appeals."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Pleading; Municipal government; Public officers; Supervisors; Corruption; Tammany Hall; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Croker, Richard, 1843-1922; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904

Date: 1893-08-30

Coroner Harrison is a little too previous

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Uncle Sam reclines in a chair with his feet resting on a foot stool. On a table next to him are medications labeled "Tariff Reform Tonic" and "Repeal of Sherman Silver Law Elixir." Benjamin Harrison stands at center holding a large "Certificate of Death - Died of Democratic Rule." He is attended by several men with their mourning hats, including Thomas C. Platt, Charles A. Boutelle, Whitelaw Reid, George F. Hoar, and Thomas B. Reed. They have come to pay their last respects.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Diseases; Care of the sick; Democracy; Public officers; Grief; Mourning customs; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Boutelle, Charles A. (Charles Addison), 1839-1901; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902

Date: 1893-09-06

Where is the difference?

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On the left, a "New York Police" officer accepts money from a woman's hand extending from a window labeled "N.Y. Den." At right, a man labeled "U.S. Senate" accepts "Stock" from a hand extending from a window labeled "Trusts." Both men are leaning on a solid pedestal labeled with a large "$" and the word "Protection."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Public officers; Legislators; Bribery; Patronage, Political; Trusts, Industrial; Prostitution; New York State Police

Date: 1894-08-01

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frank C. Travers

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President Roosevelt thanks Frank C. Travers for his gift of a pianola to the White House. Roosevelt hopes Seth Low wins the election to become mayor of New York City; he feels this election is important for that city, the state of New York, and the United States. He also commends Governor Philbin's work.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Thank-you notes; Mayors--Election; Gifts to politicians; New York (State)--New York; Low, Seth, 1850-1916; Philbin, Eugene A. (Eugene Ambrose), 1857-1920

Date: 1901-10-28

Letter from Joseph Murray to Douglas Robinson

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Joseph Murray informs Douglas Robinson that "the organization" is no longer opposed to Murray holding public office and will endorse him for any position President Roosevelt is willing to give him. In a handwritten note at the top, Douglas Robinson says to Theodore Roosevelt, "Dear T., Joe Murray asked me to send you this."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Public officers--Selection and appointment; Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.

Date: 1901-12-02

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Philip Battell Stewart

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President Roosevelt will allow Howbert to stay in his position, but will remove Brady and Hodges sometime after the New Year. Roosevelt has official reports to support his removal of Brady and Hodges, but they are Secret Service documents so they cannot be released. Roosevelt asks Philip Stewart for advice in asking Wolcott for recommendations on Brady and Hodges' successors. Roosevelt also sends Stewart two disparaging letters about the surveyor-general's office and asks if Kent or Cranston could clarify the matter. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Public officers; Employees--Dismissal of; United States. Surveyor General

Date: 1901-12-05

Letter from Nicholas Murray Butler to Theodore Roosevelt

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Nicholas Murray Butler believes that James R. Sheffield will be a suitable fire commissioner and proposes John E. Eustis as commissioner of immigration at the Port of New York.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employment references; Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Public officers--Selection and appointment; New York (State)--New York; Sheffield, James R. (James Rockwell), 1864-1938; Low, Seth, 1850-1916

Date: 1901-12-10

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