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He says "Mr H." a person with with whose name I am not
acquainted who is a Lancashire manufacturer, induced to leave
this country by similar causes with Mr. Cobbett," informs me that
he was with Mr C. at Harrisburgh; that Mr C. Declares that during the
several years which he resided near the Treasury in London,
he did not witness so much bribery, corruption and place hunting.
"I wish you Gentleman, to mark the expression", as he had seen
in one week in Pennsylvania
; that the Members of the Legislature
were engaged in little except smaoking, drinking and
gambling; and that he would have certainly have carried his
point,: this alludes to a pecuniary claim Mr Cobbett had upon
the Legislature had he condescended to bribe. In all these
opinions Mr H. joins his friend. Although I cannot go the
length of Mr H. and Mr Cobbett in their wholesale censures,
perhas from not having the same opportunities with them in forming
a judgment, yet I have become acquainted with facts in
Washington which no
man could have induced me to believe
without personal observation. – "Why do I state these things? Is it
that I may depreciate the value of popular rights in your estimation?
far from it
; I wish merely to show you, that under a system
which may appear more perfect, similar, or even greater,
abuses may still exist. I wish not to imply that popular
government is not to be sanctioned and enjoyed, because it is liable
to corruption. I have no such design. My value for popular
rights remains undiminished. I believe that the principles
of it destined to Make America one of the greatest
nations in the world. The evils with which it is afflicted are
transient and accidental, and will be easily removed.
The reason why I cite this passage, is to prove to you, how idle
is the opinion that laws can remedy every thing, and without
that spirit in which liberty, lives and moves and has its being

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Parliamentary Reform

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[[watermarks::I&M [Prince of Wales feathers] 1818]]


Jeremy Bentham

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Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington


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