The particular reform that irked Conkling was the then-novel proposal to eliminate patronage in federal civil service hiring.
Of the Conkling letter, his private secretaries later observed: “Nothing he ever uttered had a more instantaneous success.”
Conkling had taken part in the campaign at last, but that was his duty at first.
Senator Conkling and General Banks also made appropriate speeches.
Meteoric men in politics, like Elaine and Conkling, were brilliant men, but were politicians merely.
The Roscoe, Conkling and Platt storm was now raging furiously.
That remark wounded Mr. Conkling's pride; and he could never be induced to forgive the one who had so hurt him.
That's the time you met your match, I am thinking, Conkling.
The feeling excited by this condemnatory motion was so strong that Conkling was obliged to withdraw it.
The conference came off, and Mr. Conkling did not attend it.