They were wretched stuff, in the Grub-street-ballad style; and when they were printed he sent me about the town to sell them.
He said I appear’d a young man of promising parts, and therefore should be encouraged; the printers at Philadelphia were wretched ones; and, if I would set up there, he made no doubt I should succeed; for his part, he would procure me the public business, and do me every other service in his power.
The proposal was agreeable, and I consented; his father was in town and approv’d of it; the more as he saw I had great influence with his son, had prevail’d on him to abstain long from dram-drinking, and he hop’d might break him off that wretched habit entirely, when we came to be so closely connected.
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The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
The photograph showed poor people in a wretched village in East Africa.