Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
6/hold, such action must come as from his own motion, and that he would get heaps of praise for his broad-minded and public spirited course. Selah! But I don’t count that chicken as quite borned just yet. I have not yet been able to learn if Irish wrote that Expositor article, but will set machinery in motion very soon, if I don’t go to San Francisco. Meantime, there is much talk in the papers about Irish being appointed Secretary or something, and of his being a bosom friend of Cleveland, and being likely to control much of the California “patronage.” All this will be dead against us in the Legislature. Can you give me, and quickly, an assurance that Cleveland is not now suffering from his former delusion about Irish. I could use it with much benefit, and there need not be the slightest suggestion as to how or whence the information came. It would not appear as coming from me, and could be introduced in such a way as not to be unpleasant to anybody. I append clippings from the Chronicle suggestive of very7/many others. Depend upon it, that it is of the first importance that we should do something to offset these claims of Irish and his friends. If not publicly, then at least vigorously in private through your friends in San Francisco and Sacramento. You did express to me your disbelief [illegible] Irish’s present influence with Cleveland, but I have not felt free to use such intimation. The time is growing short for action in the Legislature. I would not expect good results, anyway, from another investigation by that body. I hope, therefore, that Goucher will follow my counsel. If so, I can get the matter handled in the Assembly. Could I get to Sacramento, I would have strong hopes of doing good. As it is, the matter is a case of [guien sabe?] – if you know what that means. And I hope Robinson’s high hopes will be fully justified.Yours SincerelyGeo. G. Mackenzie.Should I go on with the Raymond Bloody Warwhoop I will send you specimens.06430
1893 Feb 13
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