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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Address of Hon. T. S. Garnett (search)
unter, by Mr. L. Q. Washington [printed in the Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. XXV, pp. 193-205], now on file among the archives of your Honor's court, the learned author says of him: His integrity, purity and knowledge of affairs gave him an almost absolute veto on everything corrupt, base or dangerous in fiscal legislation. * * *He shaped and carried through the Compromise Tariff bill of 1857, a measure supported not only by Democrats, but by many prominent Republicans-Win. H. Seward, Henry Wilson, N. P. Banks, Solomon P. Chase, and others. They were content to follow a Virginian of the Virginians. The establishment of the Court of Claims at Washington and the life tenure of its judges was the work of the statesman of Essex. The first Civil Service law, and one which puts to shame the abortive effort at reform now existing, was the work of R. M. T. Hunter. He put an end, or showed the way to end, all controversy over the money question, and the recent unhappy