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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part I
388. Dispatch is a great and good Quality in an Officer; where Duty, not Gain, excites it. But of this, too many make their private Market and Over-plus to their Wages. Thus the Salary is for doing, and the Bribe, for dispatching the Business: As if Business could be done before it were dispatched: Or what ought to be done, ought not to be dispatch’d: Or they were to be paid apart, one by the Government, t’other by the Party.  1
  389. Dispatch is as much the Duty of an Officer, as doing; and very much the Honor of the Government he serves.  2
  390. Delays have been more injurious than direct Injustice.  3
  391. They too often starve those they dare not deny.  4
  392. The very Winner is made a Loser, because he pays twice for his own; like those that purchase Estates Mortgaged before to the full Value.  5
  393. Our Law says well, to delay Justice is Injustice.  6
  394. Not to have a Right, and not to come at it, differs little.  7
  395. Refuse or Dispatch is the Duty and Wisdom of a good Officer.  8


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