The placemen, who were denounced as one of the great abuses of the time, were rewarded for voting power not for literary merit.
All placemen who had voted against the peace were dismissed.
The king had caused sheriffs and other placemen to be elected into Parliament to increase his facility of obtaining grants.
I saw no placemen and pensioners, riding the people under foot.
The sole connexion of the islands was between Whitehall and the Castle—between power and placemen—between cabinets and viceroys.
I except against Courtiers and placemen, considered as such.
I consider the proposed address as calculated to give countenance to placemen, pensioners, enormous taxation, and corruption.
More than a hundred and fifty years ago there was a general cry that the number of placemen in Parliament was too great.
The canons, prebends, and placemen had been chosen with great care.
What a surprise it was to the placemen, the rank and file and the old men who crooned over the fires at the Carlton!