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defire to exanvine ay wri'ings,5' you vrold probably fiave heard no more from me in this way; but you have chofen, it reems. to fit ill judgment on me and my abilities, and to ditate for me. It was my wifl that you might fee the work X had Written, before you would undertake to condemn it. If you had feen it, you would then have been able to judge whether ! wa3 competent to the tafk or not, and you would have had it in your power to point out to me any errours it. might con- tain; but no, you wait not for that, but at once, and in terms not altogether pleafing, fay, " That he my opinion 'hbatever it mlay is of my own abilitiesyou mwrf candidly tell me, that you arefarfrom coriwd- " eringme competent to the taJk Ibave undertaken." You likewife preface this with an expreffion, which, by its ambiguity and vulgar ufe, is an infinuation either of immorality in my condut, infinceri- ty in my heart, or ignorance in my head. To which of thefe, or whether to all, you have not thought fit to confine yourfelves. Your expreffion is We have no defre to examine thy writings: it is Cc "sufiieint that ewe know thee, Thomas." It obvioufly appears by this expreffion (as I intimated above) that you mean to imply fomething prejudicial to my characlIer, fomething too bad to mention, as there is no evil condudt but what is implied in that exprefion. And from the opinion I entertained of your civility, I could not have believed you would have fo imitated the vul- gar part of mankind; and that when they are difpleafed, as it is then common for them to fay, " Ah, I know you; I know what you have done." Why, my friends, what do you know of me Speak out, for fuchifarcafims and dark implications are unkind and ungenerous, and do not belong to a people making the profeffion which you do, of mildnefs and plainnefs of fpeech. But you know in truth, you cannot alledge any thing prejudi- cial to my charaer; and therefore you would imply every thing bad in a laconic, farcaffical fentence. And I could not have believed you would have treated me thus for the kind- nefs of may offer. You obferve, that " my letter prefints no lvery fa'vruralle fpecimen of literary talents." I confefs it does not: I have no pretenfions to fiuch talents. But though I boaft not of Iitcrary talents, nor

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