President Urged to Replace Washington, DC. Postmaster

November 3, 1862

Postmaster General Montgomery Blair writes President Lincoln to urge replacement of the part-time postmaster of Washington who was the former business manager of the National Era, an abolitionist newspaper: “I regret to be compelled to recommend the removal of Lewis Clephane from the office of PM in this City– not Scarcely a day passes without the report of some negligence in that office & this morning I am furnished by the Navy Department with the envelope of a dispatch for the Admiral of the Blockading Squadron at old Point which was sent to Boston, being a repetition with of the same carelessness by which the dispatches for a vessel at Philadelphia were sent to New York some weeks ago.

Mr Clephane has been notified constantly of these complaints & I have had repeated interviews with him on this Subject urging him to give himself up to the business of his office, & he has promised to do so. And perhaps he has, but the results of his management prove either that he has failed in attention to the business or that it is beyond his power to remedy the evils–

I have given him every facility he has asked for & notified him that I would make this recommendation if these negligences continued to occur

If it is your pleasure to adopt this recommendation I will endeavor to find a suitable person to recommend for the place.

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