The Works. Containing Interesting and Valuable Papers, Not Hitherto Published. with Memoir of the Author, by Thomas Roscoe Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...of corruption will just forfeit an employment, and whether the bribe you receive be sufficient to set you right, and put something in your pocket besides; how much to a penny you may safely cheat the queen, whether forty, fifty, or sixty per cent., according to the station you are in, and the dispositions of the persons in office below and above. you. They have computed the price you may securely take or give for a place, or what part of the salary you ought to reserve; they can discreetly distribute five hundred pounds in a small borough, without any danger from the statutes against bribing at elections. They can manage a bargain for an oifice by a third, fourth, or fifth hand, so that you shall not know whom to accuse; they can win a thousand guincas at play in spite of the dice, and send away the loser satisfied. They can pass the most exorbitant accounts, overpay the creditor with half his demands and sink the rest. It would be endless to relate, or rather indeed impossible to discover, the several arts which curious men have found out to enrich themselves by dcfrauding the public, in defiance of the law. The military men, both by sea and land, have equally cultivated this most useful science; neither has it been altogether neglected by the other sex; of which, on the contrary, I could produce an instance that would make ours blush to be so far outdone. Besides, to confess the truth, our laws themselves are extremely defective in many articles, which I take to be one ill effect of our best possession, libertv. Some years ago the ambassador of a great prince' was arrested, and outrages committed on his person in our streets, without any possibility of redress from Westminster-hall or the prerogative of the sovereign; and the...
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