January 21, 1862
Peter Zinn, [Ohio] House of Representatives. To Governor David Tod. Letter calling Tod's attention to the application of Jonathan Nereamer, of Franklin County, who sought a commission of a grade not lower than that of 1st Lieutenant which he held in the Mexican War; stating that Nereamer was well qualified, that nothing but favoritism or unaccountable oversight could have prevented Nereamer being in active service before now, especially when the qualifications and works of those already in service were examined, and that Tod well knew that many appointments in the State and National Government, in the army as well as the civil service, were not fit to be made; requesting that Tod characterize his administration by a reform in this respect; and stating that much abuse arose from the indiscriminate recommendation of friends, that such recommendations should be disregarded, that Nereamer's experience and services entitled his claims to be considered favorably, just as the want of experience required any applicants to be criticized closely, that Nereamer was a working man and came from a working family, and that Nereamer's appointment would satisfy him that Tod intended to make appointments for the benefit of the service rather than from other considerations.
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