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Sub treasurers meeting in England

Sub treasurers meeting in England

A satire on corruption among Tammany officeholders in New York, showing absconded former Collector of the Port Samuel Swartwout and federal District Attorney William M. Price in London. The massive fraud and em... More

Price current

Price current

A satire on William M. Price, federal district attorney of New York who fled to Europe after embezzling from the government approximately $72,000. Price followed coconspirator Samuel Swartwout, former collector... More

"Worse than a Spanish Inquisition"

"Worse than a Spanish Inquisition"

A commentary on the workings of the January 1839 congressional probe of the Treasury Department in the wake of the Swartwout embezzlement. (See "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in England," nos. 1838... More

Professor Wise, performing a surgical operation in Congress Hall

Professor Wise, performing a surgical operation in Congress Hall

Representative Henry A. Wise, vociferous opponent of the Van Buren administration, is portrayed as a surgeon, operating on Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. The satire refers to the cross-examination of Woodbur... More

Animal magnetism

Animal magnetism

A swipe at President Van Buren's independent treasury system and his continuation of the monetary policies of predecessor Andrew Jackson. The artist, clearly in sympathy with the Whigs, links corruption in the ... More