TRUST BEGENTS TRUST
CHARLES James Fox was a representative of the middle class in the
House of Commons in England. He was a great orator. He had made it a
point to pay his creditors as soon as he received his salary on the
first of every month. Once a tradesman asked him for payment against
a promissory note on the first of the month, as he had to deposit
the money in the bank. Fox replied, “I am sorry I can’t pay you this
month as I have to repay a loan to Sheridan. He has loaned me money
without taking a promissory note from me, because he trusts me
implicitly. Supposing I die suddenly, the poor man would get
The tradesman was highly impressed by Fax’s high sense of integrity.
Tearing the promissory note in bits he said, “I don’t need this
either; you may return the loan at your convenience.”
Fox was deeply moved. Holding out the money he said to his creditor,
“In that case I must pay you before I pay to Sheridan. In the first
place your loan is older: secondly, you need to put it in the bank
urgently; thirdly, You’ve torn up the promissory note, trusting me.
I’ll pay Sheridan next month; he’ll understand.”
Trust begets trust.