Want of Money and the Distress of a Thief can never be alleged as the Cause of his Thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with Fortitude. We must therefore seek the Cause elsewhere than in want of Money, for that is the Miser’s passion, not the Thief’s.

Source:Letter to Revd. Dr. Trusier (August 23, 1799)
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