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1882 Excerpt: ...who knew him exactly what he had pretended to me.
For a long time, the good men who form the working staff of this
Institution were put into their offices by the will of certain
Individuals. These Individuals, having stolen a good many other
things, had likewise stolen (in many cases) this power to make such
appointments. I do not mean that any living persons were the
Thieves: the stealing was actually done by their predecessors and
ancestors about three centuries back. The technical name of the
system of appointment by individual will, was Patronage. And to say
the truth, the system worked uncommonly ill. It worked just so
intolerably ill that an intelligent Nation arose and said the
system must cease. The Nation had to say that very often, very
loudly, and very long: terrible strifes and miseries arose through
the Patrons cleaving to their property: but in the end the system
ceased. It did not cease nicely. It ceased because a certain
political change had come, which made it ruinous to maintain it
longer. And some human beings who had done their little best to
maintain the system in its most high-handed form, were the first to
cry out against it when they knew they durst not keep it up longer.
Of course, the system was just as good when they cried it down, as
it had been when they cried it up. But such was the nature of these
human beings. Patronage, broadly speaking, meant that a man should
be stuck into a place, not because he deserved it, not because he
was fit for it: but because he had influential friends. In that
country, a patron would (in some instances) laugh in your face if
you were weak enough to fancy that any consideration of the man's
fitness weighed with him at all. He wanted to provide food and
raiment (at the expense of other people) for ...
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