Lot 288: DOCUMENTS - The Reform of the Civil Service of 1854 and the bitter dispute between Sir Stafford Northcote & J.C. Herries. 1) 4to. 23pp. retained copy of a letter from Herries to Northcote complaining about Northcote's "imputations upon the existing body of civil servants" and accusing him of proposing a reform which 'involves an abandonment of the principles on which all Governments has hitherto been conducted..." 2) Northcote's reply "I read the greater part of your letter...with a good deal of surprise....which undoubtedly affords some strange misconceptions which you entertain of our much abused report.... 3) Retained copy (this one in Herries's hand) of Herries reply to the last "It is evidently useless tom prolong our correspondence... 4) Letter from Goulburn to Herries thanking him for sending to him copies of Herries's letters to Northcote "....it certainly is a stinger, but not a bit more so than he deserves... 5) two printed reports 22 February and 6 March 1854 by Arbuthnot (the Auditor of the Civil List) and critical of the Northcote report. Northcote (later Chancellor of the Exchequer) was the co-author of "Report on the Organisation of the Permanent Civil Service" presented by Sir Charles Trevelyan to the House of Commons in February 1854.

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Description: DOCUMENTS - The Reform of the Civil Service of 1854 and the bitter dispute between Sir Stafford Northcote & J.C. Herries. 1) 4to. 23pp. retained copy of a letter from Herries to Northcote complaining about Northcote's "imputations upon the existing body of civil servants" and accusing him of proposing a reform which 'involves an abandonment of the principles on which all Governments has hitherto been conducted..." 2) Northcote's reply "I read the greater part of your letter...with a good deal of surprise....which undoubtedly affords some strange misconceptions which you entertain of our much abused report.... 3) Retained copy (this one in Herries's hand) of Herries reply to the last "It is evidently useless tom prolong our correspondence... 4) Letter from Goulburn to Herries thanking him for sending to him copies of Herries's letters to Northcote "....it certainly is a stinger, but not a bit more so than he deserves... 5) two printed reports 22 February and 6 March 1854 by Arbuthnot (the Auditor of the Civil List) and critical of the Northcote report. Northcote (later Chancellor of the Exchequer) was the co-author of "Report on the Organisation of the Permanent Civil Service" presented by Sir Charles Trevelyan to the House of Commons in February 1854.
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