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    James A. Garfield Autograph Letter Signed "J. A. Garfield". Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington, June, 11, 1872 to Mrs. John A. Dahlgren referring to a claim which she had brought before Congress, likely with the aim to claim her deceased husband's naval pension. He advised the widow: "...Those who tell you a lobby is necessary to secure the action of Congress on a just claim, are either grossly informed or are wickedly corrupt. I know that bad men get into Congress, but after ten years experience as a member of the House, I am clearly of the opinion that the fair presentation of an honest claim to Congress on its merits, is the safest and surest road to success. Those who pay money to lobbyists to secure legislation, are the victims of a double swindle. First, that money does not aid in the passage of their bill, and, Second, if Congress finds out money is being used, it is almost fatal to any bill. The worst villains in the U.S. are those who receive and keep money on the pretense that with it they buy legislation in Congress. They are both liars and robbers..." A superb and passionate letter which assails the influence of money in politics. Fine condition with usual folds. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.


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    October, 2007
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