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ESSAYS,

SELECTED FROM

T H E B E E.

TO THE EDITOR OF THE BEE.
(May 11. 1791.)

Sir,

TN a busy country, such as ours of Great Britain, I consider every man, woman, and child, who does not add to the public stock, by lucrative industry, as absolutely idle, though, relatively, they may be exceedingly active both in body and mind. But there are men and women, whose rank, fortune, and situation are such, as to exempt them from the necessity of professional occupation; and some are almost precluded from productive employments, such as Peers, Peeresses, Archbishops, Bishops, Clergy, old Admirals and Generals; for whose use, and the instruction of the heirs of great estates, who think themselves entitled to be idle, these lucubrations are most humbly dedicated, by a man who Vol. I. A

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