Letter to the President, American Federation of Government Employees, on the 70th Anniversary of the Merit System.
[Released January 20, 1953. Dated January 19, 1953]
Dear Mr. Campbell:
I am happy to join with you in the recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Civil Service merit system. I have great faith and confidence in our civil servants. During the almost eight years of my Administration I have found in them a loyal and reliable force, always ready to do the public's work with impartiality and diligence. The people of the United States have a very great asset in this force. It is my fervent hope as I leave the Office of the Presidency that recent reckless attacks which can destroy that great asset will subside and that we will continue to go forward in creating a skilled corps of men and women with a public point of view who are willing to devote their careers to the people's business.
Very sincerely yours,
HARRY S. TRUMAN
[Mr. James A. Campbell, President, American Federation of Government Employees, 900 F Street NW., Washington 4, D.C.]
Note: The release making public the text of this letter bears the following notation: "The president considers this to be his last official act."
Harry S. Truman, Letter to the President, American Federation of Government Employees, on the 70th Anniversary of the Merit System. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/231420