Excerpt from Letter to the Gentlemen of the Common Council
But if I were inclined to practise them, yet I understand no Artifice. I am a plain Man, who have gained a moderate Fortune, and maintained a decent Reputation by Honesty and Industry. But I would not wander from my Subject.
If the Intention of our Meeting, as is generally believed, is to address His Majesty upon the present Situation of public Affairs, let us reflect with Pleasure, that this great City is going to resume her ancient Dignity, and assert her due Influence in whatever regards the Welfare of the Nation.
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