The influence of a man's conduct on the happiness of the whole race of sensitive beings, must be taken into the account, before it can with propriety be termed virtuous or vicious, simply and without addition. The same conduct which is pernicious, and on that account is or ought to be disreputable in society at large, is beneficial to, and on that account, held in honour by, a smaller society included within the former. The member of parliament who solicits or defends for his borough a privilege detrimental to the nation, is called a patriot in his borough. The man who devised the oath by which the candidates for degrees were made to engage not to propagate, elsewhere than at Oxford and Cambridge, the seeds of what was thought useful learning, was probably thought a man of great merit in those Universities.
RP Book 2 Chapter 6