say a long way below the mark.
I believe it has cost more to seat those 658 men there than to seat all the other representative and legislative assemblies in the world.... There are many members who pay always from £1000 to £15,000 for their election.”
This vast expenditure has been much diminished by the present admirable English laws against bribery, but enough remains, especially when we consider that English legislators are not, like ours, salaried, and must therefore either be taken wholly from a very well-provided class or else kept in public life, like the Radical and Irish members, by special contribution.
It is really a very simple matter, though it puzzled Matthew Arnold
, that men and women who take the English
view that wealth is primarily a means of personal luxury should live in Europe
How can they help it?
To those who incline, however moderately, to what is still a very common American view, that wealth is to be viewed as being in a manner a public trust, there seems every reason why they should live at home, and why, moreover, even their daughters should wish to do this.
The only real antidote to wealth, all the world over, lies in the pursuits of intellect and the desire to do good.
As for hereditary rank,