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spect and friendship which I always professed for you. you. Be assured that it will give me most sincere pleasure, if, contrary to my expectations, I should ever have it in my power to promote your wishes.

I am, dear Sir,

Your very faithful friend and
obedient servant,


The Rev. Mr. Wakefield, Nottingham.

In addition to these letters, it has been signified to me, since I came to Hackney, several times within these last seven years, through intermediate acquaintances and relations, that the bishop would be gratified by seeing me at the deanery in London; and his particular compliments were conveyed to me by a relation on a visit to him in town, a former pupil of mine, who came immediately from St. Paul's to my house at Hackney. It must be noted also, that my most obnoxious and observable religious publications, my Commentary on St. Matthew, and Enquiry into the early Christian Writers, made their appearance in 1782 and 1784. What sort of testimony my old friend Pretyman could have given to my

sincerity and integrity, I will not take upon me to affirm: but certainly I have enabled all men to discover what he has given to HIS OWN. The same remark is unhappily applicable to the following letters from the Bishop of Norwich; and with most sincere sorrow of heart have I experienced on this occasion the melancholy operations of security and ambition. in corrupting such an affable, unaffected, and intelligent man as Dr. Pretyman, and a person of manners so truly polite and amiable and engaging as Dr. Sutton. How should I have exulted on their account, as well as my own, if they had not abandoned me in an extremity, which would have done so much honour to that disinterested testimony in my favour, so reasonably expected from them; so much honour to their friendship and humanity!


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Norwich, Feb. 3, 1799.


YOUR letter of the 29th ult. reached me yesterday, but, because of the intemperance of the weather, too late to be answered by that night's post.


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The nature and extent of that evidence which I shall be competent to give, if called upon in a court of justice, respecting your character for veracity and integrity, you are as able to estimate as I am. The intercourse that subsisted between us, was at no time of that intimate nature that should entitle me to speak, of my own knowledge, to either. I respected, and respect you as a scholar: and of the rest of your character I KNEW and know nothing, but in common with the public.

I have the honour to be,

Your faithful humble servant,

Mr. Gilbert Wakefield, Hackney.


AMONG the many letters of congratulation on my late advancement, none has given me more pleasure than that which I have this moment received from you. The favorable testimony of an OLD ACQUAINTANCE, and a man of great learning, cannot but be highly flattering to me. If business

should at any time bring you to London, I hope you will give me an opportunity of shaking hands with you in Wimpole-street.



and faithful humble servant, C. NORWICH.

April the 6th, 1792.

The Rev. Gilbert Wakefield, Hackney.


From Dr. Pearce, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Dean of Ely, I received a very short and impudent epistle.

As I have nothing to say, that can be of any service to you on your trial, I hope you will not give me the trouble of appearing on

the occasion.

I am, Sir,

Your most obedient servant,

Jesus Coll.

Jan. 31, 1799.

The Rev. Mr. Wakefield, Hackney.


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By a precipitate decision on the guilt of my intentions ye are now empowered, with a privilege of most awful responsibility, under which I had much rather be the sufferer than the agent to inflict punishment on me for the supposed errors or perversities of my understanding. Now such punishment and such offences, whatever the irrational and indistinct conceptions of rude antiquity may have sanctioned by authority, prescribed by records, and established by precedent, are so essentially inappli

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