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Letter from George Canning to Richard Rush

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British Foreign Secretary George Canning urges U.S. minister to Great Britain Richard Rush to come to an understanding on the Spanish colonies in America, as developments in Spain make this more necessary.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations; Colonies; Spain; France; United States. Congress

Date: 1823-08-23

Retirement of Constantin Catacazy

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Report prepared at the request of the United States Senate containing the government correspondence regarding the retirement of Constantin Catacazy, Russian minister to the United States from 1869-1871. President Grant and the State Department sought the removal of Catacazy due to his poor conduct. However, he remained as minister until after Grand Duke Alexei's trip to the United States, because a minister needed to be present for the visit and there wasn't sufficient time to replace Catacazy before Alexei's arrival.

Resource Type: Government record

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, Russian; Diplomatic etiquette; International relations; Russia; United States. Congress. Senate; Catacazy, Constantin; Aleksei╠ć Aleksandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia, 1850-1908

Date: 1871-12-06

The new political pilgrim's progress - passing the ogre

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Members of the 47th Congress carry on their shoulders large money bags labeled "Surplus $150,000,000" and "Appropriations," and a sign that states, "No large appropriations for the Navy whilst Robeson is mixed up with it." At the lead are three men, one dressed in armor labeled "Folger" carrying a sword labeled "Trust" and a shield labeled "Integrity," another carrying a large ledger labeled "Chandler Navy Department," and the third carrying a paper that states "Sen. Harris's Exposure of Robeson." John Sherman and John A. Logan are among the congressmen that follow. They are walking past George M. Robeson as an ogre sitting on a pile of skeletal remains of ships with skulls as figureheads and labeled "U.S.N.," at the entrance to a cave labeled "Naval Committee." Robeson is biting his fingernails. A notice at the entrance to the cave states, "$180,000,000 squandered and stolen during Robeson's management of the Navy 1868-76."  Caption: "...He is, by reason of age, also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days, grown so crazy and stiff in his joints, that he can now do little more than sit in his cave's mouth, grinning at Appropriations as they go by, and biting his nails because he cannot come at them."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Economic policy; Corruption; Ghouls and ogres; Skeleton; Ships; Caves; United States. Congress; United States. Navy; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Harris, B. W. (Benjamin Winslow), 1823-1907; Folger, Charles J. (Charles James), 1818-1884

Date: 1882-05-03

The great congressional tramp bullying the old women of the national household

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George M. Robeson, shabbily dressed as a tramp, stands in a doorway. Joseph W. Keifer, as a small dog with a cap labeled "Speaker" tied to its tail, stands behind Robeson, and on the floor at his feet is a broken plate labeled, "Appropriations $182,496,018 Administration 1868-76." He carries a club labeled "Repn. Leadership" and branded on the palm of his left hand is the word "More." His appearance in the doorway frightens the "Old Women" of Congress who were gathered around a table, drinking tea. Depicted wearing women's dress are William Windom standing behind the door labeled "Congress," John P. Jones spilling a pot of tea, John Sherman fainting, John A. Logan labeled "306" and supporting Sherman, James D. Cameron also labeled "306," Frank Hiscock, George F. Edmunds, David Davis eating an "Independent Plum," Benjamin W. Harris and Abram S. Hewitt locking the "Appropriations Pantry," and William P. Frye hiding behind a chair. Uncle Sam and Puck appear at far left, running toward the building.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Tramps; Dining rooms; Dinners and dining; Economic policy; United States. Congress; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Frye, William P. (William Pierce), 1831-1911; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Windom, William, 1827-1891; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Hiscock, Frank, 1834-1914; Harris, B. W. (Benjamin Winslow), 1823-1907

Date: 1882-07-12

A free feast for the congressional colored boys - they are all after a slice

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Print shows several legislators slicing up a large watermelon labeled "River and Harbor Bill" in an effort to carry off a share for themselves, while Chester A. Arthur sleeps in the shade of a tree in the background. George G. Vest carries off a slice labeled "Pistol-Pocket Harbor," James D. Cameron has carved out a small chunk labeled "Washy Washy Creek," Elbridge G. Lapham is eating a slice labeled "Gowanus Back-Water Gutter," and a slice labeled "Blue-Grass Brook" is at the feet of James B. Beck. Beck and Warner Miller work at cutting slices labeled "Wood-Pulp Puddle" and "Skatchekoosis Stream-let," while Lucius Q. C. Lamar and Joseph E. Brown approach from the background, with large knives.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Watermelons; Legislators; Rivers--Law and legislation; Harbors--Law and legislation; United States. Congress; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Miller, Warner, 1838-1918; Vest, George Graham, 1830-1904; Lamar, L. Q. C. (Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus), 1825-1893; Beck, James B. (James Burnie), 1822-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Lapham, Elbridge Gerry, 1814-1890; Brown, Joseph E. (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894

Date: 1882-07-26

Forgotten on purpose

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A man labeled "Tax-payer" has fallen on steps labeled "Congress." He has a large boulder labeled "War Taxes on Iron on Sugar on Cloth Salt Leather [and] Linens" strapped to his back. On the steps is a small stone labeled "Tax Taken Off Patent Medicines, Perfumery, etc." In the room at the top of the steps, many hands dip into a bowl of coins labeled "River & Harbor Bill." Caption: "He asked for bread, and they gave him a stone!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political corruption; Taxation--Law and legislation; Pressure groups; Taxation; Boulders; People with disabilities; United States. Congress

Date: 1882-08-09

Congressional cracksmen

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"Policeman Puck" and Uncle Sam investigate a robbery at the U.S. Treasury. A safe has been broken into and a barrel labeled "150,000,000 $ Surplus" is empty, and there is a hole in the floor which leads to the Congressional chamber, below. A crumpled notice on the floor of the chamber states, "Congressional Theatre - The Hit of the Season!!! 'The 40 Thieves' - Keifer manager, Robeson property man." The robbery happens to coincide with the end of the first session of the 47th Congress. A ladder labeled "Adjournment of Congress" leans against an open window, supported by John A. Logan and John Sherman, as Horace F. Page and two other Congressmen descend. Other Congressmen, among them George M. Robeson carrying a sack labeled "Navy Appropriation" and James D. Cameron dragging a sack labeled "River & Harbor," are headed for their home states carrying sacks with "$" on them. Caption: Policeman Puck to Uncle Sam--"This is the work of Professionals!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Legislators; Criminals; Patronage, Political; Economic policy; Safes; Robbery; United States. Congress; United States. Department of the Treasury; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Page, Horace F. (Horace Francis), 1833-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1882-08-16

Congressional contempt

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A "Republican" Congressman ice skates with a "Monopolist" on the "Capitol Skating Pond." Together they hold a stick labeled "Money Interests." Skating nearby is a man labeled "Democracy." Between these men is another man who has fallen through the ice at a spot labeled "Needless Taxation." His hat labeled "Tax Payer" rests on the ice. Caption: Republican Congressman - "He is howling for help." Monopolist - "Throw him a promise!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Legislators; Capitalists and financiers; Taxation; Pressure groups; Skating; United States. Congress. House

Date: 1883-01-31

Our congressman

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A richly dressed man stands in the street in a neighborhood of lavish homes, with two large bags of money hanging at his sides, labeled "Profits as Attorney at Law" and "Profits as Claim-Agent." A smaller bag, labeled "Salary," hangs at his waist.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Politicians; Legislators--Salaries, etc.; Wealth; Self-incrimination; United States. Congress

Date: 1883-02-14

A dreadful attack of "presidential fever" in the U.S. Senate

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Puck stands in the Senate chamber, among many senators sick with "Presidential Fever." Puck is offering a spoonful of "Anti-Presidential Quinine" to John Sherman. Among the senators present are Wade Hampton, George Frisbie Hoar, J. D. Cameron, William Mahone, Warner Miller, Daniel W. Voorhees, John Alexander Logan, George F. Edmunds, John Sherman, George Graham Vest, Thomas F. Bayard, John P. Jones, and David Davis. Peering over the chamber walls are George M. Robeson, Jay Gould, and Roscoe Conkling.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Legislators; Fever; United States. Congress. Senate; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Miller, Warner, 1838-1918; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Vest, George Graham, 1830-1904; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Voorhees, Daniel W. (Daniel Wolsey), 1827-1897

Date: 1883-02-21

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