Justice Taft backs "a staunch friend of mine in the days when friends counted"
ALS signed “Wm. H. Taft,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 7.75, Supreme Court of the United States letterhead, December 17, 1925. Letter to Attorney General John G. Sargent, in full: "This will introduce to you an old and valued friend of mine from Springfield, Mo. Mr. E. E. E. McJimsey is the editor and proprietor of the Springfield republican, a very successful and highly influential newspaper in Western section of Missouri. He was a staunch friend of mine in the days when friends counted. He is here to speak for the retention of I. K. Parshall, U.S. Marshal in the N. D. of Missouri. Mr. Parshall's record as Marshall for one term demonstrates his fitness. His courage and effectiveness during the stiff times of the railroad strike have led Judges Tan Falkenberg and Reaves to write letters in behalf of Parshall's retention and I should think it was a case for proper recognition by reappointment. You will bear out my statement that I have not bothered you with letters on executive patronage but I think his is an exceptional case both because of the fitness of the officer and the request of Mr. McJimsey who is one of the most useful and valuable Republicans of what has become a Republican state. I invoke for Mr. McJimsey your kind attention." In fine condition, with scattered brushing to the ink, some of which reveal palm and fingerprint marks.
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