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    [Chester Arthur] Four Letters by John Jay to Arthur as Customs House Collector.
    Jay writes a total of twelve pages, all dated August and September 1877, requesting Custom House information, including information about "from 9000 to 10,000 errors in . . . merchandize from the collection office."

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    One month after being elected president, Rutherford B. Hayes sought to counter Chester Arthur's political influence, which he gained as New York City's Custom House collector. To do that, President Hayes sought to remove Arthur from office by showing that the Custom House was poorly administered. The president chose John Jay to lead a commission in search of discrepancies. After reading some of Jay's reports, Treasury Secretary John Sherman asked Arthur to resign. Arthur refused, but was eventually forced out. Interestingly, as Arthur defended himself against Jay's accusations, he was able to show that he had done no wrong and actually efficiently administered the Custom House.

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