Much less is it adviseable for a Person to go thither who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its Value, but it is a Commodity that cannot be carried to a worse Market than that of America, where People do not inquire concerning a Stranger, What is he? but, What can he do? If he has any useful Art, he is welcome; and if he exercises it and behaves well, he will be respected by all that know him; but a mere Man of Quality, who on that Account wants to live upon the Public, by some Office or Salary, will be despis'd and disregarded.
Full text available online at: http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/v1ch15s27.html. Source: The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 39, January 21 through May 15, 1783. ed. Ellen R. Cohn. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.