"lawyer... will pay you $1 for a load of wood and charge you from $5 to $20 for a little writing"
Amusing — From an 1876 letter to The Mercury, the magazine for the Farmers’ Alliance (which went on to become the Populist Party and reshaped US’s politics in the 1880s-1900):
“I see someone put in a piece about professional men. Let me have a say about him. ... The lawyer, for instance, will pay you $1 for a load of wood and charge you from $5 to $20 for a little writing. Study about this and see if there is any justice in it. I don't speak of the lawyer alone, but all who do not work. I am an Alliance man. Yes, and I am not ashamed to own it."
Amazing to see the gripe about lawyers’ hourly rates has not changed in 130 years 😳
The excerpt is from Robert Caro’s Lyndon Johnson series (book 1), which I’m really enjoying reading.