Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

My desire is that your office [the New York Customhouse] shall be conducted on strictly business principles.... In making appointments and removals of subordinates, you should be perfectly independent of mere influence. Neither my recommendation, nor that of the Secretary of the Treasury, nor the recommendation of any Member of Congress, or other influential person, should be specially regarded. Let appointments and removals be made ... by fixed rules.... Let no man be put out merely because he is a friend of the late collector [Chester A. Arthur], and no man be put in merely because he is our friend.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 520, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to E.A. Merritt (February 4, 1879).

After Hayes won the struggle with New York's Sen. Roscoe Conkling over "senatorial courtesy."
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