TLS as president signed “Wm. H. Taft,” two pages, 6.76 x 8.75, White House letterhead, August 17, 1912. Marked "Personal" at the top, a letter to pastor and magazine editor John Wesley Hill, in full: "I have your letter of August 14th. I am very glad to know of the luncheon that Mr. Hilles had, and the result. So far as the Editor of the Chicago Inter-Ocean is concerned, I have no conscientious feeling on the subject. He has taken a course that has been satisfactory to him. He attacked me bitterly during the Lorimer days, and now he has come around to me because he can not be anywhere else. I am grateful to him for such support as he gives, but what has put me in an attitude of utter indifference is his disposition to resent my failure to appoint somebody to Judgeship, at his instance. I don't appoint Judges that way, and I don't intend to. He can take his paper and go over to the other side if he chooses. He put himself in the attitude of threatening the Attorney-General or me, and after that his chances for success were somewhat modified. The selection of a Judge in Chicago is not an easy one. It has been delayed by the fact that the law has been changed, and only within the last four or five days. If I appoint Cutting, it will not be because Max Pam is for him—it will be because I think he is the best man out there, and that is the way with any appointment that may make. Other things being equal, I would like to oblige a friend; but generally other things are not equal in a judicial appointment." In very good to fine condition, with light overall soiling and creasing.
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