: Congressman Samuel Taggart
(F-MA) criticized the appointment of George W. Campbell as Secretary of the Treasury, explaining in a private letter
: “You will have heard … of the renomination of Gallatin as fifth commissioner …. As the objection taken to him from his being Secretary of the Treasury was removed by the appointment of a successor, there was little opposition made to the last appointment. His successor [George W. Campbell] is one of the bitterest of the bitter warhawks, and it is I believe the universal opinion among the Federalists, as well as man of the Democrats, that his talents are not equal to the station. The Wags of the city however have found out something very significant and appropriate in his name, George Washington Campbell, G.W.C. Government Wants Cash.”
George H. Haynes, ed., “Letters of Samuel Taggart, Representative in Congress, 1803-1814: Part II, 1808-1814,” American Antiquarian Society 33 (1923), 428.