I am one of those people whom the vulgar and illiberal call Negurs.- The first part of my life was rather unlucky, as I was placed in a family who judged ignorance the best and only security for obedience.
... as you are not to be a boy all your life- and I trust would not be reckoned a fool- use your every endeavour to be a good man
...an awkward loon- whom I do sometimes care about- who has more wit than money- more good sense than wit- more urbanity than sense- and more pride than some princes
...the only intrinsic nett worth, in my possession, is Mrs. Sancho- who I can compare to nothing so properly as to a diamond in the dirt- but, my friend, that is Fortune's fault, not mine- for, had I power, I would case her in gold.
Could I new-model Nature, your sex should rule supreme, there should be no other ambition but that of pleasing the ladies, no other warfare but the contention of obsequious lovers, nor any glory but the bliss of being approved by the Fair.
Poverty and Genius were coupled by the wisdom of Providence for wise and good ends, no doubt
I do request you to thank Mr. W___ for me, and tell him he has the prayers- not of a raving mad whig, nor fawning deceitful tory- but of a coal-black, jolly African, who wishes health and peace to every religion and country throughout the ample range of God's creation!
Old folks love to seem wise- and if you are silly enough to correspond with grey hairs, take the consequence.
... to my inexpressible happiness, she is my wife, and truly best part, without a single tinge of my defects
This- this- is liberty! genuine British liberty!- This instant about two thousand liberty boys are swearing and swaggering by with large sticks
My friend L___ is in town, and intends trying his fortune among us- as teacher of murder and neck-breaking, alias, fencing and riding.