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James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 23: three months in Congress. (search)
o any gentleman's taking that course if he saw fit; but was that the route upon which the mileage ought to be computed? Mr. Turner interposed, and inquired if the gentleman wrote that article? Mr. Greeley replied that the introduction to the article on mileage was writted by himself; the transcript from the books of this House and from the accounts of the Senate was made by a reporter, at his direction. That reporter, who was formerly a clerk in the Post-Office Department, [Mr. Douglass Howard,] had taken the latest book in the Department, which contained the distances of the several post-offices in the country from Washington; and from that book he had got—honestly, he knew, though it might not have been entirely accurate in an instance or two—the official list of the distances of the several post-offices from this city. In every case, the post-office of the member, whether of the Senate or the House, had been looked out, his distance as charged set down, then the post-of