COMPLETE ENGLISH TRADESMAN
The title of this work is an
index of the performance. It is a collection of useful
instructions for a young tradesman. The world is grown
so wise of late, or (if you will) fancy themselves so,
are so opiniatre,
as the French well express it, so self-wise, that I
expect some will tell us beforehand they know every
thing already, and want none of my instructions; and to
such, indeed, these instructions are not written.
Had I not, in a few years'
experience, seen many young tradesmen miscarry, for want
of those very cautions which are here given, I should
have thought this work needless, and I am sure had never
gone about to write it; but as the contrary is manifest,
I thought, and think still, the world greatly wanted it.
And be it that those
unfortunate creatures that have thus blown themselves up
in trade, have miscarried for want of knowing, or for
want of practising, what is here offered for their
direction, whether for want of wit, or by too much wit,
the thing is the same, and the direction is equally
needful to both...................