Tuesday, 5 July, 1830

Then as the primary source of power in free republican governments legitimately resides in the people, you at once see the necessity of information, extensively diffused among the common class of the community as well as among the more wealthy. And for one, I am satisfied that it is even more necessary with the lower classes because a free suffrage is all they have to balance against the influence of wealth and keep themselves free from oppression. Take society at large and you will find that the more opulent have no sympathy for the poor, and would, were it not for this just and equitable principle, recongnized by our general and state governments, of free or almost free suffrage, soon oppress them and make them mere tools and slaves.