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modesty, and never let envy mar your civility. When you prune a fence joining to a public road, put the branches where they can be no annoyance; and then, as you are already exemplary in many moral virtues, you will set a pattern of rural decency worthy of the imitation of several politer parts of the kingdom.
It may also be here proper to remind the husbandmen and farmers
of another slovenly practice they are frequently guilty of in
most countries; I mean the custom of throwing stones, weeds, and
other kinds of rubbish, from their fields, upon the face of the
roads, with no more regard to the seemliness of its appearance,
than to the moral honesty of the deed. If they cannot comprehend
that they have no more right to make use of the roads for this
purpose, than of a neighbour's field, and that, though generally
connived at, the practice is wrong, the surveyors would do very
well to teach them this decent piece of knowledge by the proper
severities of the law.
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