ninety-nine out of a hundred
the pennsylvania evening post, 1776.
Do not mechanicks and farmers constitute ninety-nine out of a hundred people of America? If these, by their occupations, are to be excluded from having any share in the choice of their rulers or forms of government, would it not be best to acknowledge the jurisdiction of the British Parliament, which is composed entirely of GENTLEMEN? Is not half the property in the city of Philadelphia owned by men who wear LEATHERN APRONS? Does not the other half belong to men whose fathers or grandfathers wore LEATHERN APRONS?