What I have been thinking is cut government pay —
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP
Our public oeconomy also is such as to offer drudgery and subsistence only to those entrusted with its administration, a wise & necessary precaution against the degeneracy of the public servants. In our private pursuits it is a great advantage that every honest employment is deemed honorable.
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Enterprising leaders should look to the private sector.
Demeunier was a French writer and public official who emigrated to America to avoid the bloodshed sweeping France. He was living in New York and wrote to Jefferson inquiring about employment possibilities. Though Jefferson demurred, saying he was too far away and too unfamiliar to be of much help, he offered some observations about work in America.
1. Top government jobs paid a bare minimum and offered plenty of drudgery. This was both “wise & necessary.” It kept capable people from making a career of public employment, both to their detriment and the government’s.
Demeunier had been part of the King’s court in France and had a very privileged life. Jefferson discouraged him from thinking a similar position here held any value or status.
2. Just the oppposite of public employment, the sky was the limit in private enterprise. All honest work in America was “deemed honorable.” This “great advantage” was as available to the immigrant Demeunier as it was to any other resident of any status.
Rev. Larkin always exhibited a gracious spirit.
Clarence Larkin died on Jan. 24, 1924 at age 74. He was born on Oct. 28, 1850 in Chester, PA. He was converted to Christ at age 19 and became a member of the Episcopal church. Knowing that his sins were forgiven, he desired immediately to preach but it was a few years before he left employment at a bank and entered college. He had a methodical mind, and graduated as a mechanical engineer and later became a teacher of the blind. As an engineer and a teacher of the blind, the Lord was preparing him for his life’s work of organizing the scriptures into visual charts on prophecy and doctrine that people were able to understand clearly the great truths of God’s Word. At 32 he was immersed and united with a Baptist church. Two years later he was ordained. He became pastor of the Baptist church in Kennett Square, PA. His second church was at Fox Chase, PA where he remained for twenty years. At the time of his ordination Larkin was not a pre-millennialist, but as he studied the scriptures literally he was forced to come to that conclusion. For years the postmillennialists had taught that the world was getting better and better, and that the church would convert the world and Christ would then return. Rev. Larkin made huge wall charts describing his views on this subject and great numbers would come to hear him present these prophetic truths. He reduced his teachings to Dispensational Truth (or God’s Plan in the Ages), which was his crowning work. The Book of Daniel, The Spirit World, and The Second Coming. Often it has been said that one can be dispensationally correct while being dispositionally mean spirited. Those who knew him best reported that Rev. Larkin always exhibited a gracious spirit.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 49-51.