A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint, will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy. Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant accommodates itself to the meanest capacities silences the loud and clamorous, and cringes over the most obstinate and inflexible. Philip of Macedon was a man of most invincible reason this way. He refuted by it all the wisdom of Athens confounded their statesmen struck their orators dumb and at length argued them out of all their liberties.
Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.