The right of annual elections will ever oblige gentlemen to speak to you
once a year, who would despise you forever, were it not that you can
bestow something upon them.
Lying is so vulgar a failing that no gentleman would have any thing to
say to it but at elections. Then, indeed, the greatest gentleman in the
city will condescend to lie with the least of us. This year their
humility is amazing, for they have stooped to the drudgery of going from
house to house to circulate election lies about division of property.
In a word, electioneering and aristocratical pride are incompatible, and
if ever we should have gentlemen to come down to our level, we must guard
our right of election effectually, and not let the assembly take it out
of our hands.
Pennsylvania Evening Post, April 27, 1776
2nd Regiment of the North Carolina Line