Gen. Jackson on the Qualification of an office Seeker.
--The following is on extract from a private letter written by the lamented Stonewall Jackson
It should be read by all who seek office, and the friends they engage to assist them:
My Dear Colonel:
Your letter, and also that of my much esteemed friend, the Hon. Mr.
--in behalf of Mr.
A--, reached me to day; and I hasten to reply that I have no place to which, at present, I can properly assign him. I know Mr. A personally, and was favorably impressed by him. But if a person desires office in these times, the best way for him to do is at once to pitch into service somewhere, and work with such energy, zeal, and success as to impress those around him with the conviction that such are his merits he must be advanced, or else the interests of the public service must suffer.
A. should mention the subject to you again, I think you might not only do him, but the country, good service by reading this part of my letter to him. My desire is to make merit the basic of my recommendations and selections.
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