Joseph Medill to Charles H. Ray and John Locke Scripps, January 6, 1861

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    Joseph Medill to Charles H. Ray and John Locke Scripps, Washington, DC, January 6, 1861, Charles H. Ray Papers, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA.
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    Matthew Pinsker, Dickinson College
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    Washington Jan 6, 61

    Ray & Scripps


    If you think the enclosed worthy of the paper insert it. I think it contains some good points and at least one eloquent passage. It will give a fair idea of the city [illegible].

    If the reports from Springfield are true, there will not be one original Lincoln man in the Cabinet. It will be all made up from among his competitors and enemies. Mr. Cameron. Seward. Weed. Geo Law. Caleb B. Smith. Dr. Leib. Wilson. John Wentworth tribe of thieves, jobbers, robbers & speculators will control “honest Abe” body, soul and boots. If these should be selected and accept there would be one honest capable man. But how long would he stay in such company?

    It looks to me, as though our cake was dough –and that we shall have to stand back like a [charity boy?] at a feast. “Put not your trust in princes.” There is purer air out of doors then is to be found inside any King’s palace. Thank heaven we own and control the Tribune. We made Abe and by G-- we can unmake him if he “Forney-izes” us. Excuse my undue emphasis. Boy in class, “What is the definition of gratitude? Boy: “Gratitude is a lived sentiment of thankfulness for favors expected.” “Right. Go up head.” Application. Honest Abe.

    Yours & c.


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