Quotation by Horace Walpole

The prosecution of [Warren] Hastings, though he should escape at last, must have good effect. It will alarm the servants of the Company in India, that they may not always plunder with impunity, but that there may be a retrospect; and it will show them that even bribes of diamonds to the Crown may not secure them from prosecution.
Horace Walpole (1717–1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 51, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978).

Originally written in 1787; Warren Hastings, formerly governor general of India, was impeached for corruption by the House of Commons in 1787 but finally acquitted in 1795.
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