I have been deeply disturbed by what I have seen in the newspapers about the promotions and demotions that Ford has been making in the Public Printing Office. I am afraid, if any considerable part of what the newspapers charge is true, I shall have to ask the Civil Service Commission to make a careful investigation and report to me.
The single and most threatening danger to our party just at this moment is that it will yield to the spoils impulse and make a partisan use of the power of appointment to office and of promotion and demotion in the departments. I hope that you will get into communication with Ford and let him know how warmly I feel on this subject, though I am sure you already know it, and how anxious I am to have this matter satisfactorily cleared up. Such editorials as the one in the World entitled Stop It are more ominous than perhaps we realize.
I hate to break in upon the vacation with a note of this kind, but it was so much on my mind I thought I ought to do so.
I sincerely hope that you have been managing to relax the strain of office work in a considerable degree these holiday weeks. I have thought of you more than once with compunction as carrying the burden which I have for the time being laid down.
I had a very satisfactory talk with Lind, who was able, of course, to answer a great many questions which it was hard to ask and answer by cable and whose own mind, I am sure, was very much cleared up by our getting into frank contact with one another.
We think of you every day, and all join in wishing you and yours every happiness. I sincerely hope that Mrs. Tumulty is rapidly regaining her strength.
The White House.