A blog collecting every use of the term “corruption” among the records of the Framers. Submitted to the Supreme Court as an appendix to an amicus brief by Lawrence Lessig for the Constitutional Accountability Center.
After a treaty manifestly repugnant to the interests of the country was made, he asked, how they were to be punished? Suppose it had been made by the means of bribery and corruption-Suppose they had received 100,000 guineas, or louis d’ors, from a foreign nation, for consenting to a treaty; how was the truth to be come at? Corruption and bribery of that kind had happened in other Governments, and might in this.