They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People…




They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People…

They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People… --Benjamin Franklin

They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable preeminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections.

Benjamin Franklin

Year: 1785
Context: Letter to George Whatley
Tags: People's Business, Servants, bribing, dangerous to Liberty, durable preeminence, profitable Appointments, the People, triguing



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