The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 192
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ocrats did not fail to point out that many of these dismissals were
because of politics and not for lack of merit. After Harrison ap-
pointed several editors to foreign consulates and government posi-
tions, he was accused of paying off the press. When Fred Grant
was named minister to Austria and Robert Lincoln was appointed
ambassador to England, it appeared obvious that their principal
qualifications for these important jobs were their distinguished
names. But not all of the President's appointments were political,
claimed his critics. He looked after the interests of his own family
and his son's friends.
Nothing of any importance has happened at the White House
since my last letter. The relatives of the administration from distant
States continue to arrive, get their little appointments and go home,
making room for the new arrivals. Every day or so another batch
of Russ Harrison's college chums are introduced to the President,
who takes their names and notifies them to what position they will
be appointed. This is the regular routine business."
Lige Halford, presidential secretary, was accused of handing
out jobs in payment of private debts. When Snort was sent on
a mission to New York, he moaned that he hated to travel because
of the expense of tipping. Lige was surprised; no one in the ad-
ministration tipped. They just gave away government jobs, and
he advised Snort to do the same. Snort then tried to give a Pull-
man porter a position.
"Why, Kurnel, I makes more money outen de passengers den I
could get outen any office; but, Kurnel, I don't want nuffin. Hit
does me proud, sah, ter hab de chance ter shine de shoes ob a truly
grate man. If you offers me money I would regard hit as a consult.
Indeed I would, sah. I'se from de Souf myse'f. I berlongs to, one ob
de fust families of Old Virginy, sah. I respects a gennerman from de
Souf what totes a pistil."
"But I've got to get even with you. Have you got a friend or a
relative who would make a good office-holder or foreign consul?"
"Yes, Kurnel; I berleeves I kin ercommerdate you. I has a brudder-
in-law what's a disgrace ter de hull family. He am de most ornery,
triflin', low-down niggah eber you seed. He has been in de pleno-
potenshiry seberal times for stealin', and when he ain't in jail he's
allers gittin drunk and raisin' a row. I'd like mightily to get dat
nigger outen de way and pervided for."
11Ibid., XI (June 22, 1889), 4.
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