Montesquieu

The law of Geneva that exclu­des from magis­tra­cies, and even from entry into the great coun­cil, the chil­dren of those who have lived or died insol­vent unless they acquit their father’s debts, is very good. It has the effect of giving confi­dence for dea­lers, for magis­tra­tes, and for the state itself. There pri­vate trust still has the force of public trust.1

[In the 1758 edition, Annex 10 is inserted as chapter xvi between these two chapters.]