The Writings of Carl Schurz/To Simon Wolf, February 13th, 1897


New York, Feb. 13, 1897.[1]

Your letter in regard to Poesche[2] is in my hands. I need hardly tell you that I esteem Poesche very highly, that my friendly feelings toward him are of the warmest kind and that I should like to be able to serve him. But it is my unalterable rule to give no recommendations for official positions. Even should this rule allow any exceptions, which is not the case, such exceptions would be quite impossible just now, as those who have supported McKinley, not as his party associates, but as independents, should consider it a point of honor to ask no favors of the Administration either for themselves or their friends. I must therefore strictly adhere to my rule not to meddle with appointments to office—unless the Administration were to ask my opinion in some special case—which is hardly probable. I am therefore quite unable to help in trying to reinstate Poesche, and I cannot tell you how very much I regret this, for I believe that he has suffered very harsh treatment. Please explain to him—should you consider it necessary—the condition of things, and assure him that it is by no means lack of sincere friendship which prevents me from helping him in this matter.

  1. Translated from the German.
  2. Who had lost his position in the Treasury Department and desired to be reinstated.