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Running the “machine"
Cameron, John, approximately 1828-, artist
Currier & Ives, printer
Currier & Ives, publisher
Last, Jay T., donor
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Huntington Library
Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History
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Image of a political cartoon portraying the Lincoln administration as inept; Treasury Secretary William Pitt Fessenden cranks out greenbacks from "Chase's Patent Greenback Mill" at left; seated at a table (clockwise from top left) are secretary of war Edwin M. Stanton, president Abraham Lincoln, secretary of state William H. Seward, Navy secretary Gideon Welles, and two unidentified contractors; at left a messenger hands an envelope to Stanton, who orders a message be sent to Union general John A. Dix immediately; Lincoln laughs at center; Seward, with a bell in one hand, hands an envelope "Fort Lafayette" to a young officer or cadet; Welles ineptly works out a problem at right; two contractors ask for more greenbacks at bottom center.
Artist supplied by cataloger based on copy held by Library of Congress. "Entered according to act of Congress AD. 1864, by Currier & Ives, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of N.Y."--text, bottom center margin. "Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y."--text, bottom center margin. "These are the greediest fellows I ever saw. With all my exertions I cant satisfy their pocket, though I keep the Mill going day and night."--text (over Fessenden), top left of image. "Mr. Secretary! here is a dispatch. We have captured one prisoner and one gun; a great Victory."--text, top left of image. "All this reminds me of a most capital joke."--text (over Lincoln), top center of image. "Officer! I am told that Snooks has called me ʺ Humbug'--Take this warrant and put him in Fort Lafayette--I'll teach him to speak against the Government."--text (over Seward), top right of image. "They say the Tallahasse (I.e. Tallahassee) sails 24 miles an hour!--Well then, we'll send 4 Gunboats after her that can sail 6 miles an hour, and that will just make enough to catch her."--text, center right of image.
1 lithograph : uncolored ; overall 31.43 x 43.66 cm (12 3/8 x 17 3/16 in.)
Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869--Pictorial works
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Pictorial works
Politicians--Pictorial works
Presidents--United States--Pictorial works
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872--Pictorial works
Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869--Pictorial works
Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878--Pictorial works
Lithographs--1850-1875. (gmgpc)
Political cartoons. (gmgpc)
Jay T. Last Collection
Politics & Social Issues
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The Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History, Huntington Digital Library

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