This note in Edison's handwriting was found among the Lewis A. Miller letters in Book 13 on the Charles Edison Fund microfilm. It reads as follows: "In all deliberative bodies the results are always below the intelligence of the least intelligent member. Spencer collected all the data of 32 acts of Parliament covering a period of 200 years for the amelioration of the poor, 31 of which [created?] dramatically opposite to what was intended." A variation of this statement can be found in Will Irwin's "Why Edison Is A Progressive: An Interview," which was issued as a pamphlet during the presidential campaign of 1912. Edison was making the point that the initiative and referendumtwo key Progressive measureswere superior to acts of legislation.