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1 He said: ‘He [Mr. Palfrey as Secretary of the Commonwealth] declined to use his influence in dismissing from office under him any persons who were faithful in the discharge of their duties merely on grounds of a difference of political opinions. This rule certainly commends itself to all whose sense of justice is not entirely benumbed by party. It ought to win the applause especially of the Whigs, representing, as they profess, the better sentiments of the community, and sharply condemning that system which is maintained by the cohesive attraction of public plunder. It is proper that with a change of policy, as indicated by a change of parties, the important functionaries, who may impress their peculiar opinions upon the country, should be changed. But it is not just or proper that the humbler office-holders, who cannot in any way influence those matters on which parties hinge, should be driven with every political change from the duties to which they have just become accustomed, and in this way, perhaps, be deprived of their daily bread.’
2 April 30, 1861. Works, vol. VIII. pp. 452-457.
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