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Joseph L. Bristow, Paul Webster Eaton


The document is a carbon copy of a typed letter from the Assistant Secretary of State to Joseph L. Bristow concerning the work of Mr. Eaton in the Department of State.


Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson


Joseph L. Bristow

Corresponds to:

Folder 1-8, Document 163


Washington, D.C.


July 5, 1909.

My dear Senator Bristow:

I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of June 25th, in regard to Mr. Eaton. In reply I can only assure you that his case has, as a matter of course, received this most painstaking consideration of the Department. There is no lack of appreciation of Mr. Eaton's character and capabilities, but in the insistence upon a certain degree of practical efficiency in our highest grade clerkships the recent change was decided upon, among others, which, after weeks of consideration were known to be demanded by the general interests of the Department.

I have had a very long and frank talk with Mr. Eaton and I know that he fully realizes that the grade which he shall occupy in this Department is a question solely of the quality of work which he may turn out. I also explained to him the duty of leaving these matters to the judgement of the Department. As you know, to seek to do otherwise is a pointblank violation of the regulations.

Assuring you of my interest in Mr. Eaton, and with kind regards, I am, my dear Senator,

Yours sincerely,


Acting Secretary.

The Honorable Joseph L. Bristow,
United States Senate.



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Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to Joseph L. Bristow, July 5, 1909



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