Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Dec 12 13:16:00 UTC 2008

Quoting Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>:

> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 7:39 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC
> <Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
>> _Daily Evening Bulletin_, (San Francisco, CA) Wednesday, October 17,
>> 1866; pg. 3;  col A
>> "Political Corruption in England " [from the NY Times, no author cited]
>> " "I call a man honest," said a New Jersey politician, "who, when he is
>> bought, <i> stays bought</i>." "
>> I cannot find the corresponding story in ProQuest NY Times.
> New York Times, Sep. 8, 1866, p. 4, col. 6
> Proquest Doc ID 83458476
> Title is "An Astonishing Display of Corruption" (misspelled by
> ProQuest as "...Corraption")
> Also here:
> --Ben Zimmer

FWIW, a somewhat-related use from 1838, The Extra Globe, Containing Political
Discussions, Documentary Proofs &C. v. 4, Washington p240

The article speaks of Mr. Bond, an attorney for a branch of the Bank of the
United States, who together with his "ragocratic coadjutors" assume one
to a department "body and soul."
He "rendered little service and necessarily considered himself 'bought up,
bought up'--and that was not all. Lawyer as he is, he stays bought up ?
simply because he thinks his interest would not justify a voluntary
change; or,
rather, because no one but the Bank ever thought him worth buying.",M1

Stephen Goranson

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