[Benjamin Franklin] had grown accustomed to mediocrities in positions of power, but this particular mediocrity at this particular moment was more that he could stand. "[Lord Hillsborough’s] character is conceit, wrongheadedness, obstinacy and passion . . . Those who would speak most favorably of him allow all this; they only add that he is an honest man, and means well. If that be true, as perhaps it may, I wish him a better place, where only honesty and well-meaning are required, and where his other qualities can do no harm."
Brands, The First American (2000)