As all persons of full age, to preserve their independence (if without a sufficient
estate) ought to have some profession, calling, trade, or farm, whereby they may honestly
subsist, there can be no necessity for, nor use in, establishing offices of profit,
the usual effects of which are dependence and servility, unbecoming free citizens,
in the possessors or expectants, and faction, contention and discord among the people. But if any person is called into public service to the prejudice of that person's
private affairs, the person has a right to a reasonable compensation; and whenever
an office through increase of fees or otherwise, becomes so profitable as to occasion
many to apply for it, the profit ought to be lessened by the Legislature. And if any officer shall wittingly and wilfully, take greater fees than the law
allows, it shall ever after disqualify that person from holding any office in this
State until the person shall be restored by act of legislation.
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