I happened to be down in your parts the other day, about a little Turnpike 1 business – (perhaps you’ve heard of the pretty game I’ve been playing up lately, among the rascally Jews 2 who have got all the London Turnpike Trusts 3 into their hands, and are filling their own pockets by picking those of other people) – I say, happening to be down in the neighbourhood of Botley, I took a little pains to find out whether you are as well off now as when I was living among you; 4 and I was sorry to hear sad complaints about you from some of my old farming friends.