"Sauce for the Goose, Sauce for the Gander."
For publishing a proclamation supposed to have been written by Lincoln
, but afterwards proved to be a forgery, two New York newspapers — the World
and the Journal of Commerce
It does not appear that the proprietors knew the document to be a forgery.
On the contrary, they took it to be genuine, according to their own statement; and as it was clearly against their interest to weaken the public confidence in their papers by disseminating false intelligence, and intelligence which could so easily be proved to be false, it is fair to presume that they speak the truth.
sent a forged report of Mr. Mallory
, and directed him to hand it to Lord Russell.
either forged this document himself, or got some one to forge it, or at least knew that it was forged, is evident.
It purported to be addressed to one Babcock
of the House of Representatives, and Seward
must have known that the Speaker
was not named Babcock
Further, he must have known that the Secretary of the Navy
does not report to the Speaker
of the House
, but to the President
If the World
ought to be suppressed for giving currency to a forgery, what ought to be done with Seward