David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864


Creator: David Bagley
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Social aspects -- Race, Political aspects -- Elections, Political aspects -- Republicans
Description: Bagley wants to challenge Emil Anneke for the Michigan Auditor General's Office. Bagley reports that Anneke has abused his position and uses it to recruit German-Americans hostile to the pro-Union government. Bagley cites his manhood and dedication to Republican values as his reasons for opposing Anneke.
Date: June 10, 1864
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Resource Identifier: 4 - DMBagley2IPChristiancyLansingMI18640610_1.jpg
Collection Number: c.00018
Language: English
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David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864, Page: 1

David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864
David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864

State of Michigan
Lansing June 18, 1864.
Hon. I. P. Christiancy -
Dear Sir:
In 1854, I was under the oaks at Jackson, when
& where the Republican Party was organized, & was one of the committee to report
candidates for a State Ticket. Since then for 3/4th of the time I have been chairman
of Ingham Co. Republican Committee, & taken ^ active political part, never cutting
a candidate, but working for the whole _ the maintenance of principle being
since 1854,
of more consequence than the Elevation of any particular man. But ^ I have taken
but little part in the nomination of State officers. It has been a rule with
me not to oppose the incumbent of this office for a second term, as I could not
feel right in doing it while I held a clerkship in this office.
But most rules have their exceptions. There were at least 8
men in this office better qualified for Auditor General than the present
incumbent. to say nothing of hundreds outside. I [illegible in original] how to prevent
his name being cut to pieces, & in the office, have have aided him to the
best of my ability & defended him outside where his conduct could be defended,
and where it could not, I have remained silent.
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David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864
David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864

But I am fully satisfied that a just [illegible in original] to the best interests
of the State, & the perpetuity of Republican principles & the Republican Party
require me to oppose his re-nomination vigorously.
1. He has not the ability to cary on the office, without
relying upon 1. He is not competent for the position.
2. Owing to his abuse & insolence, he cannot have the brains
which have given him all the success his ^ administration has achieved. The
old Bookkeeper, disgusted with Anneke has found other
employment, & the able Deputy, Mr. Jones, will ^ stay another
term, & but for the interposition of friends would not stay now
3. He is insolent, Egotistical, tyrannical, [aristocratic?] & dishonest.
but is
4. He is not a reliable Republican; ^ a hater & abuser of
Lincoln & every one of his Cabinet, & nearly all our State and
National offices, both military & civil.
5. When a hyena can be thoroughly, tamed, then may Emil
Anneke be thoroughly Americanized not before.
6. I have proof that Haichen & Anneke planned to
remove nearly all the clerks in the office, & fill their places with
has it
the Mogul's minions, but ^ principally postponed ^ until a second
term to save appearances. If I gave the proof, it would
sacrifice a good German.

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David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864
David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864

7. No reliance can be placed upon him now, his politics or his temper.
He is extremely jealous as all tyrants are, & as changeable as April
weather. His best friend of one day, is his implacable friend the next.
8. S.D. Bingham, his present [lickspittle?] informs me that
Anneke says that immediately after the State Convention he will
discharge every one in the office who has not aided in his
renomination. More ^ 3/4th of the clerks hate & despise him for the
reasons I have given, & numerous others, but to save their bacon, will keep
mum. But there will be no mistake in my case. My circum
stances are limited, but manhood & Republican principles are
worth more to me than a salary obtained by a knave &
cringing to a knave & imbecile.
Off Of the 6 German clerks in this office
2 ar were appon residents of Wisconsin when appointed, & one
Lieut. Lockman
of Canada. Col. Anneke his adjutant ^ were appointed last
winter, having just been dishonorably discharged last from the
Union army. Since that time we have ^ obliged to listen
daily to their abuse of our government in language worse than
^ of the Copperhead Press. & the re-nomination of Anneke
will fill this office with persons of like character.

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David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864
David Bagley Letter: June 10, 1864

The Canadian is Otto [illegible in original] nephew of the Auditor a
youth of 17 __ All these are men of some ability & more
brass & have been determined to be our moral & political teachers.
They are placed about the [illegible in original] office in such a position
as to see & report Every movement of every clerk, & daily report
their observation. I am daily reminded of France & Austria.
Clerks are [dragoones?], & clerkships to any amount [illegible in original]
to outsiders to help His Highness. [Puffs?] are written by the Auditor
praising himself published in the German papers translated & then
[illegible in original]
the [illegible in original] & Tribune & other ^ are [hounded?] to republish them. I
sent you a sample. The county press are required to notice
Anneke, in many instances, before being designated for printing Tax
Lists. Anneke is [2 words illegible in original] practices to gain a re-nomination
& if successful, will I fear, cc so administrate this office, as to
make Michigan a reproach & [illegible in original].
Since he became Auditor nearly all of the few German
Republicans here hate him. If one differes from hin on a
trivial matter he speaks of them as of every body else as fools, & if
they [demur?] to such epithets, he calls them black hearted rascals.
I think, from the best evidence I have, that the Germans
who press Annekes nomination hardest are those who will vote against Lincoln.
Where one poor man cannot obtain the delegates from Anneke, they
should, if possible be given to some other worthy candidate, and thus when
the tyrant & scamp is defeated, the best man can be nominated.
Of O.N. Giddings I know but little, save that he has long been Treas-
many years
-sure of Kalamazoo county ^ & appears to be a good man.
[illegible in original] Jones, the Dept. Aud. Gen. I have known 9 years His
eminent ability, undoubted integrity, untiring industry & long experience
would make him a model Auditor General.
I do not suppose from your judicial position you will take
an active part in this matter, but may do some good in a quiet manner.
I am partially acquainted with M.D. Hamilton your [illegible in original].
Without regard to consequences to myself, you may use this
letter as you deem judicious.
Yours, Truly,
D M Bagley..

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