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and sold the estates of their countrymen, for not approving their proceedings, which no man of sense or humanity can endure. But all this is not sufficient, without plundering and taxing the cities and countries round about them. Where this will end, God knows! A prospect of their devouring one another, when their supplies of plunder shall be drained and wasted, is all that appears at present. Before which, infinite mischief may be done; and we ourselves may suffer; unless the shepherd, the sheep, and the faithful dogs shall hold together against the wolves.”
A few such discourses as this, brother John, would save our country from all the perils of the present times, and as soon as I learn more, you may expect to hear farther from your loving brother,
December 12, 1792.
L E T T E R
JOHN BULL, ESQ.
SECOND COUSIN THOMAS BULL,
AUTHOR OF THE
FIRST AND SECOND LETTERS
JOHN BULL, ES Q.
You belong to an honourable branch of our family; but you have never despised your poor relations. I am therefore well assured, that this address, which comes from one of them, will meet with a kind
reception. To Brother John I can say what I please, and treat him with a jest or two, when he wants it, because he and I are upon easy times : but when I speak to You, Sir, I must observe the formalities due to a person of a superior station.
Thomas Bull is a plain farmerly man, given up to the business of his calling, and finding in it that contentment, which you great gentlemen do not always find in the higher ways of life. It must be some pressing occasion which draws him out of his obscurity, to embroil himself with adversaries of more words than he has to spare: he knows with how much trouble and hazard to himself, every man that undertakes it, must encounter public error; and that they, who cannot answer, will never cease to rail. But he is supported under these discouragements by some short and plain considerations. He is told of human life, that the way of it is a pilgrimage; and that the