Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Assassin speaks ill.

President James A. Garfield Assassin Charles Guiteau.

Internet Reference:
Guiteau said of debt collectors, "he is a most loathsome creature, a creature worse by ten magnitudes than the debtor, for he has the good fortune of wealth, but uses it to punish those worse off than him. He adds nothing to society, and takes from it the dignity of the impoverished. Debt collectors are the worst sort I can imagine. I would scarcely want to work with one -- in any capacity."


(Excerpt from  Douglas O. Linder (2007) Univ of Missouri-KC )

…Charles withdrew again to Illinois, where for a few years he eked out an existence as a debt collection attorney and managed to find a wife, Annie Bunn, a local librarian.

In the 1870s, Guiteau moved from place to place, from passion to passion. In 1872, while in New York collecting bills from a few deadbeats to pay his own, he began to take an active interest in politics. His shady collection practices--including pocketing his commission without paying his client--landed him a short stay in a New York City jail. In 1875, he followed--until it died--a far-fetched dream of buying a small Chicago newspaper and turning it into an influential one by reprinting news from the New York Tribune, transmitted telegraphically to Chicago each day. When Charles's grand scheme collapsed, his father wrote of his son: "To my mind he is a fit subject for a lunatic asylum."

Text: 1870

 “The claim I have is a draft drawn by Haas & Coon Brand for sixty days. / Mr. Simpson the party owning the claim … will swear that he bought the draft before it was due & paid the full cash value for it. / Now go for him lively. Take out an Execution as soon as possible and I think you can drive him to a settlement. Ascertain the most he will pay without a suit etc.”

President Garfield

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