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Edmund Burke, Lord Chancellor Thurlow, William Richardson Davie


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"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free;

if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.''

-- Edmund Burke

(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker




"Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience,

when it has no soul to be damned, and nobody to be kicked?"

-- Lord Chancellor Thurlow

[Lord Chancellor of England Edward First Baron Thurlow] (1731-1806) English jurist

Source: J. Poynder, Literary Extracts, (1844) Vol. 1, page 268.




"So low and hopeless are the finances of the United States, that, the year before last Congress was obliged to borrow money even, to pay the interest of the principal which we had borrowed before. This wretched resource of turning interest into principal, is the most humiliating and disgraceful measure that a nation could take, and approximates with rapidity to absolute ruin: Yet it is the inevitable and certain consequence of such a system as the existing Confederation."

-- William Richardson Davie

(1756-1820) Governor of North Carolina (1798-1799), North Carolina delegate to the 1787-88 Constitutional Convention

Source: speech in the Proceedings and Debates of the Convention of North-Carolina, Convened at Hillsborough, on Monday the 21st Day of July, 1788, for the Purpose of Deliberating and Determining on the Constitution Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, the 17th Day of September, 1787: To Which is Prefixed the Said Constitution (Edenton, N.C.: Hodge and Wills, 1789).



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