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“A Group of Vultures Waiting for the Storm to ‘Blow Over’—‘Let Us Prey”

Topic:
The Tweed Ring
Source:
Harper’s Weekly
Date:
September 23, 1871, p. 889
 
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Thomas Nast’s first tangible benefit from Greeley’s Union Square speech [link to 7/1/71 editorial] of June 12, 1871, was an irresistible notion that he would store for use three months later.  Greeley had derided the “carpetbag” Northerners who went South after the war as “long-faced and greatly serious characters looking for the salvation of souls, and whose motto is ‘let us pray.’  But they always spell the pray with an e, and they always obey the apostolic injunction to pray unceasingly.” 

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