Excerpt from The Craftsman, 1731-37, Vol. 9
It hath been the peculiar Misfortune of this Nation, efpecially of late Years, to fall into the Hands of ﬂab Vulturer, who prey upon the Blood and Vitals of their Country. We have feen the molt execrable Frauds and Villainies cloalt'd and perpetrated, under the Name of Charity and a pretended Concern for pub/int Good made the Hackney Tool and Inflrumcnt ofprirmte III torr/l and Corruption.
The south-sea Scheme was a very charitable Pro jefi, of this Nature, to relieve the Publick from the Burtlten of their Debit; and when fome little Mill carriages had been committed in the Execution of it, the fuccefsful Endeavours of a rertm'u wortby Gentle man to ferecn the unhappy Delinquents from the Rage ofa ruin'd and exafperated Multitude were equally generous and benevolent. The bunk-contrat? And the Remiﬂion of the fever! Mil/tom, which the Underta ker: were to pay as the Price for undoing half the Nation, were excellent Improvements on the original stlje/ne, and will undoubtedly tranfmit his Name with Honour to Pollerity.
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