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.