"No merit, however exalted, is exempt from being attacked, but
wounded, by the most contemptible whispers. Those who cannot
strike with force, can, however, poison their weapon, and, weak
as they are, give mortal wounds, and bring a hero to the grave;
so true is that observation, that many are able to do hurt, but
few do good."
"Calumnies are not easily suppressed, when they are once become
general. They are kept alive and supported by the malice of bad,
and, sometimes, by the zeal of good men, who though they d not
absolutely believe them, think it yet the securest method to keep
not only guilty, but suspected men out of publick employments,
upon this principle, that the safety of many is to be preferred
before the advantage of few."