Excerpt from Argument of William Curtis Noyes, Esq., On the Trial of Hon. Frederick A. Tallmadge, General Superintendent of Metropolitan Police, Before the Board of Commissioners of Police
N ow, I come to the charges. I lay out of View the resolutions which were passed at the time of the suspension. They have not been the sub jcet of consideration at all and, as I understood it, they are substantially abandoned, because it is quite clear that there was a great mistake, a grave error, in supposing that he had violated any order given to him by the Board, or by the President, - for none was given. I repeat, there is some very great mistake about it. I think it is attributable, in some degree, to the clamor to which I have already adverted, because I observe that in the same editorial article to which I alluded, it is stated that one of the Commissioners told the editor, in so many words, that an order had been issued, directing a given number of men to be sent to Quarantine, and that it had been disobeyed, because the General Superintendent thought it was inexpedient to obey it. An abundant cause for removal, if true. I say, there is some great error about all this. I pass it over, however, with out further remark, as it forms no part of the charge, or of the specifica tions, which I am to consider.
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