"He has erected a multitude of new offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance".

You should send this piece to JAMA and Pennsylvania Medicine! It deserves a wide audience.

I’ve so often heard my BMD say the same thing you nd @Devereaux are saying here. Incredible. We wouldn’t let an animal suffer like that.

Funny they never thought this way about tobacco and alcohol: some people get addicted, some people kill themselves with these substances!—so therefore, NOBODY can have these pleasures!
(Well-I reckon we did try that once, with booze—but it didn’t work and it didn’t last long…:grimacing:)