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Belknap And Grant

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Day
7
Month
April
Year
1876
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Public Domain
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[Washington Cor. New York World. J The Ölymor committeo have received conclusivo documeútary evideiice to aliow that the President and Secretary of War wero oflicially informed in 1872 that tho Jatter had been charged with receivififl a pnrtion of the proflts of posttradorshi{3B, and that nefther pnid tho slightest attention to the serioils charge, tliough tliey disoussed it in a private conference." Tho followiug important letter bearing directly on this point was received to-day from Gen. Hazen, now Colonel of the Sixth infantry regiment and Brevet Major-general ; City of Mexico, Maroh 15, 187C. To Hofl. HiBRtor Clymet Dkxr Slni Thb papers of the 4th inat. brought me the reaiüt of the Belkiiap investigatiou. By referring to tlio proceedinga of the Hoiibo Military Gommittee of Maroh, 1872. you wUl find preciaely the name iuf ormation giren by mo tben aa that upon wbioh your invcstigation was foundod. Jlr. Smalley, tlio tlien clerk of that committee, publihel iu the New York Tribune the purport of my evidence, which only referred to the blackmailing of the post-tradcra and not to the final aisposition of the money ; bnt ho added to it the preeumptire diüpouiüon, whicb iu now proven to have been trae. Tho Secretary of War took tho newapuper paragrapb to the President (as he has aince aaid), rotnarking: "Mr. Prefiident. have yon Been the article in tbe New York Tribune of tliia moruing ref erring to mo ?" To which the President rephed, "I have, and do not believe ouo word of it." The Secretary then aaid, " If you do belicvo it I am no longer fit to hold a place in your Cabinet." This was tke eud of tho matter, both with the President and Cougresa, leaving it a queation of voracity between the Hecretary and myaelf. I have waited patiently fottr years, ncver doubtlnt; but I should be finftlly vindiC&ted. althongh at times feeling vérj koavily the weight of the displeasurc of Humo high in power for aring to tell tho trath respectiiig the great outraijo upon tho army. My object froin the first waa not only to relieve the army from this outrage, but to obtíiic the execution of a most cxcollcut law passed in 1866 recjuiriug the Commisaary department to furnisli enlisted meu at cost the articles usually furniUed them by sutlers. Thia moat admir able arrangement íb rirtually carried "out in all other armies, and would bo worth te the enlisted men #'2,000,000 lunmally, and cost nothing but a httle extra work to the Cooaniissary department. This department has opposed tho law from tho first. In setting this law asido vitality and Talue were givon to the poHt tradershipa, which conld bo dono in lio other way. Tho lav itself haa even been omitted from the revised statuten. Xo secure this most uaeful purpose was my only oud. In the atitumn of 1875 tbo visited my post, receiving ruy most cordial hospitality, which was fully accepted. I thought this a proper occasion for a reuewal of our old and friendly relations, as wo had flerved togetber in the war. I therefore wroto him a sincere letter lookiug to such a result, although I feit entitled to sorue reparation, having for four years experienced a f uil sense of the wrong inllicted on me by the Socretary in this virtual denial to the President of my truthful report. The Secretary did not seo fit to roply to my letter. I then coucluded to let tho matter rest, hoping only for tho partial reparation that time givos all wronae, when your letter in Januury, as chairmau of one of the committees in Congreas, called for the information furnishel you. For your compliance witb my request not to briu;, my name forward in connection with the iuvestigation, I tender you my thanks, and now release you from fnrther obligatious in tha respect. Vory respectfully, etc . (Bigned; W. B. Hazen.

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