a cunning old Fox

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

When I wrote the question alluded to by the Old Miller in your last, I intended not to blast the reputation of any man; I had a better end in view.
++Had I not been threatened with prosecution, I had not written that which I afterwards wrote.
++The Old Miller (although ashamed of his Name) seems a cunning old Fox, who would draw others into a Snare, and endeavour to lick his friend clean by bespattering his innocent neighbours.
++However, I will beg leave to come nearer the point by asking the question following, viz.
++If I send sweet Corn in a clean sweet bag to a Mill, and the Miller sendeth very fusty Flour back in my bag, what does he deserve?
++In answering this question, the fusty barrel, and bad management at home, can bear no blame.
++Honest dealing is the stoutest shield to reputation; as to such persons as act otherwise, it matters not how soon they suffer the irreparable loss thereof.
++If the Old Miller had remained silent I had not troubled the Public herewith.
++I hope that no honest man will think me mad, for doing that which in this case I have done.—As to any reflections from Persons who have not a just regard to truth or common civility, they will be disdained as they ought to be, by
+++++Nether-Seal, Nov. 20, 1769.