Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Babington Macaulay (180059)
It is quite plain that your government will never be able to restrain a distressed and discontented majority. For with you the majority is the government, and has the rich, who are always a minority, absolutely at its mercy.
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY, letter to Henry Stephens Randall, May 23, 1857.The Letters of Thomas Babington Macaulay, ed. Thomas Pinney, vol. 6, p. 95 (1981).