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ESSAYS AND LETTERS
MORAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL SUBJECTS.
The Busy-body—no. L
From the American Weekly Mercury, from Tuesday, Jan. .28 to Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1728—9.
Mr. Andrew Bradford, I Design this to acquaint you, that I, who hare long been one of your courteous readers, have lately entertained some thought of setting up for an author myself: not out of the least vanity, I assure you, or desire of showing my parts, but purely for the good of my country.
I have often observed with concern, that your Mercury is not always equally entertaining. The delay of ships expected in, and want of fresh advices, from Europe, make it frequently very dull; and I find the freezing of our river has the same eiTect on news as trade. With more concern have I continually observed the growing vices and follies of my country folk: and though reformation is properly the concern of every man, that is, every one ought to mend one; yet it is too true in this case, that what