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me; but I told him I was no office-seeker-I should never ask you
for any office. He said he would write to you about it. Please write to me as soon as you receive this, care of Parry & Batten.
Your affectionate friend
P. S.-My friend John Smith, who you know is a true Pierce & King man, is anxious to get the appointment of Weigher and Guager of Macaroni. He is an excellent fellow, and a true friend of yours. I hope, whether you can spare an Inspectorship for me or not, you will give Smith a chance.
MY DEAR SIR :-Allow me to congratulate you on your success in obtaining your wishes. I have called twice to see you, but have not been able to find you in. You were kind enough to assure me, before leaving for Washington, that I might depend upon your friendship. I think it very improbable that I shall be re-nominated. The water-front Extension project has not been received with that favor that I expected, and what with Roman and the Whigs and that dd Herald, I feel very doubtful. You will oblige me by retaining in your possession, until after the Convention, the office of to the Custom House. I must look about me to command the means of subsistence. I will see you again on this subject.
Very truly yours,
P. S.--My young friend, Mr. John Brown, wishes to be made Inspector of Vermicelli. He is a pure Democrat dyed in the wool, and I trust in making your appointments you will not overlook his claims. Brown tells me he considers himself almost a relative of yours. His aunt used to go to school with your father. She frequently writes to him, and always speaks of you with great esteem.
MON AMIE:-I ave been ver malade since that I hav arrive, I ver muche thank
you for you civilite on
which we come ici, juntos. The peoples here do
The peoples here do say to me, you si pued give to me the littel offices in you customs house. I wish if si usted gustan you me shall make to be Inspectors de cigarritos, Je l' entends muy bien. Come to me see.
Mister José Jones he say wish to be entree clerky. You mucho me oblige by make him do it.
The following was evidently dictated by some belligerent old Democrat to an amanuensis, who appears not to have got precisely the ideas intended :
SIR :-I have been a dimocrat of the Jackson School
thank God for twenty years. · If you sir had been erected to an orifice by the pusillanimous sufferings of the people as I was onst I would have no clam but sir you are appointed by Pierce for whom I voted and King who is dead as Julia's sister and I expectorate the office for which my friends will ask you sir I am a plane man and wont the orifice of Prover and taster of Brandy and wish you write to me at the Niantic where I sick three days and have to write by a young gentleman or come to see me before eleven o'clock when I generally get sick Yours
P. S. My young man mr. Peter Stokes I request may be made inspector of pipes
Mr. Colected H
fore dosen peaces.
MISTER COLECTED My husban Mikel Muggins will wish me write you no matur for abuv if you make him inspector in yore custom hous, he always vote for Jackson and Scott and all the Dimocrats and he vote for Bugler and go for extension the waser works which I like very much. You will much oblige by call and settel this one way or other.
Mike wants Mr. Timothy flaherty, who was sergent in Pirces regiment and held Pirces hoss when he rared and throwed him to be a inspector too hes verry good man.
SIR :-I have held for the last four years the appointment of Surveyor of Shellfish in the Custom House, and have done my duty and understand it. I have been a Whig, but never interfered in politics, and should have voted for Pierce-it was my intention—but a friend by mistake gave me a wrong ballot, and I accidentally put it in, having been drinking a little. Dear sir, I hope you will not dismiss me; no man in this city understands a clam as I do, and I shall be very much indebted to you to keep my office for the present though have much finer offers but don't wish at present to accept.
P. S.-My friend Mr. Thomas Styles wishes to keep his office. Dear sir, he is Inspector of Raccoon Oysters; he is an excellent gentleman, and though they call him a Whig I think dear sir, there is great doubt. I hope you'll keep us both; it's very hard to get good Inspectors who understand shell-fish.
So much for to-day. If any gentleman incited by a laudable curiosity wishes to peruse more of these productions, let him proceed to Telegraph Hill, and on the summit of the tower at the extremity of the starboard yard-arm, in the discharge of his duty will be found, always ready, attentive, courteous and obliging,