In the midst of the worst of the Tweed crisis, the September 16, 1871 issue
of Harper’s Weekly devoted an editorial to “The Taint of Tammany.”
Editor George William Curtis criticized the Tribune, and Greeley by
implication, for acquiescence to the Republican faction cooperating with the
Tweed Ring. It can hardly be a coincidence that the same issue devotes almost
three pages and three large wood engravings to a flattering
article on Greeley’s origins and career in an apparent attempt to contrast it
with his current positions and associations.