Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

The debt was the most sacred obligation incurred during the war. It was by no means the largest in amount. We do not haggle with those who lent us money. We should not with those who gave health and blood and life. If doors are opened to fraud, contrive to close them. But don't deny the obligation, or scold at its performance.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. IV, p. 56, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to William Henry Smith (December 19, 1881).

The Arrears of Pensions Act (1879) for disabled Union veterans, which Hayes cheerfully signed, was roundly criticized as too expensive and too open to fraud by unscrupulous veterans fabricating service-related injuries.
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