Few die, none resign (Quotation)

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<blockquote>"if a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? those by death are few. by resignation none."<ref>Jefferson to the New Haven Merchants, [[Washington, D.C.]], July 12, 1801, in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 34:556. [http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib010290 Press copy] available online from the Library of Congress.</ref></blockquote> <blockquote>"if a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? those by death are few. by resignation none."<ref>Jefferson to the New Haven Merchants, [[Washington, D.C.]], July 12, 1801, in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 34:556. [http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib010290 Press copy] available online from the Library of Congress.</ref></blockquote>
-The source of this paraphrase may be Edward Archibald Allen and William Schuyler's 1901 work, ''The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time'', which gave the entry for this quotation the much shorter and more memorable title of "Few Die, None Resign."<ref>''The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time'' (St. Louis, Mo.: Kaiser, 1901), [http://books.google.com/books?id=C35ZAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA3945 10:3945].</ref>+It appears that this shortening of Jefferson's statement has been in use for quite some time. Jefferson's 1801 letter to the New Haven merchants was published in a number of newspapers within a matter of weeks after it was written. By 1836, the phrase was described in one journal as "that remarkable apothegm of Mr. Jefferson."<ref>http://books.google.com/books?id=ZKZLAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA41
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 +*[[No duty the executive had to perform was so trying...(Quotation)]]
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"Few die, none resign", is a paraphrase of a statement Thomas Jefferson made in a letter to a group of New Haven, Connecticut merchants in 1801:

"if a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? those by death are few. by resignation none."[1]

It appears that this shortening of Jefferson's statement has been in use for quite some time. Jefferson's 1801 letter to the New Haven merchants was published in a number of newspapers within a matter of weeks after it was written. By 1836, the phrase was described in one journal as "that remarkable apothegm of Mr. Jefferson."[2]