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Scope/Content: Signature removed; in pencil above "My dear sir," is written "W. Safford"
My dear Sir The Rev[ision] of Gisborne became necessary from the strong wish to prevent designing men taking advantage of his language, & perverting it to the purposes of infidelity. He is a good & pious man but incapable of seeing whither his deductions were leading him. The question of Copy Right I did not willingly meddle with – but something seemed to be expected, & I endeavored to make the best I could of what was at first an intemperate Article. Something undoubtedly, as the Spectator gravely observes, "may be said upon both side, " and I hope moderate concession will heal all. I have put up the m. o. and if you think that by any alterations and additions it may be framed into an apt continuation of the subject, I shall receive it again from you with pleasure. The Art[icle] of which you speak was written by an old Divine, & is much liked. I am driven to the coast by ill health, & leave town this morning for Ryde, Isle of Wight, but I have desired'