Busy-Body Papers

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32 articles in the form of letters contributed to Bradford's American Weekly Mercury during 1729. Six of these (1–5, 8) are definitely ascribed to Franklin, and the others are supposed to be the work of his friends. The papers follow the Addisonian form in their homely comments on social, moral, and religious conduct, and other topics. The character Critico is evidently a satirical portrait of Franklin's rival, Samuel Keimer, and the entire series was begun as an attempt to win readers from Keimer's Pennsylvania Gazette.

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