A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist. I hear my preacher announce his text & topic as for instance the expediency of the institution of Fast with a coldness that approaches contempt. For do I not know beforehand that not possibly can he say a new or spontaneous word? Do I not know that with all this affectation of examining the grounds of the institution he will do no such thing? Do I not know that he is pledged to himself beforehand not to look at but one side; the permitted side; not as a man, but as a parish minister in Concord? What folly then to say let us examine, & purse the mouth with the wrinkles of a judge. He is a retained attorney; and this air of judgeship is mere affectation. Even so is it with newspapers; & so with most politicians.
I like that distinction between attorney and judge a lot. Of course, such critiques have a way of eventually coming back at the person making them, like that Australian weapon whose name I dare not speak.