Still in active direction of the Tribune editorial page in July and
August 1871, Greeley was naturally upset that The New York Times
published the secret Tammany accounts of flagrant theft from the city treasury
before the Tribune could get ahold of them. In a July 21 editorial,
Greeley urged Mayor Oakey Hall and City Comptroller Richard Connelly to prove
their innocence of the charges leveled by suing The Times for libel.