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. Although unsigned, this
very likely was a draft of an unpublished “Humphrey Ploughjogger” newspaper letter
written prior to the one published 5 Jan. (No. III
's quotation in the second paragraph of this draft of a passage from Philanthrop's
first letter (1 Dec. 1766) means that he wrote it after that date. The reference in
the opening paragraph to a “Design to write a good deal to [Philanthrop]
” suggests that this draft was meant to be the first of a distinct series of letters.
's comment in the same paragraph about the schoolmaster's correcting his spelling
so that he might “appear in public a little more handsome” suggests that he planned
to publish under the Ploughjogger pseudonym, the only one he had used for letters
written with illiterate spelling. Given these facts, this draft must have been written
before 5 Jan.