Harper’s Weekly – January 22, 1870

Tweed’s next target reportedly was Washington. As early as January 1870, Nast drew a forboding 15-vignette cartoon entitled Shadows of Forthcoming Events. One scenario forecast Hoffman and Tweed as the Democratic ticket for 1872. However, as time passed, the rumored slate became Hoffman for President, Hall to replace him as Governor, and Tweed for Senator; another rumor had Tweed wanting to be ambassador to England. Comptroller Connolly would continue to hold the fort as the city’s financial boss, while chief strategist Sweeny, rejecting any public office, would operate behind the scenes in either or both cities.