History, 1834–1836

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not unprepared. But he adds that I must excuse him for saying that I appear to be willing to trifle with you in regard to appointments, time, &c—
This insinuation is unworthy of me beneath my sence of honour, and I could hope unwaranted by any mean suspicion of your whole body.— I wrote for books to by ,— not but what I could have taught the rudiments without them,— but because I wished to make my instructions philosophically availing as well as mere elementary. In this object <I> thought myself confirmed by you; my books have not come as yet & are probably lost— of the pecuniary value I seek not.— I borrowed a book of & told him believing him to be responsible that wednesday would be best for me to deliver a publick lecture owing to my engagements here. I here was officially informed when the school was to be opened by me.— The addition of insult to abuse may be gratifying to small minds, mine is above it, scorns and repud[i]ates it—
I am very respectfully
Your very obt. Servt.
The answer
Jany 11th. 1836
Sir
I received yours of the 5th Inst. in which you manifested much indignation and concidered your honour highly insulted by us as a body, if not by me as an individual, and deprecated our conduct because we informed you that you appeared willing to trifle with us, as it respects our engagements with you to teach our Hebrew class. I have acted in this matter as agent for the school; the time agreed upon for you to commence, was not to be protracted, at farthest later than [p. 186]
not unprepared. But he adds that I must excuse him for saying that I appear to be willing to trifle with you in regard to appointments, time, &c—
This insinuation is unworthy of me beneath my sence of honour, and I could hope unwaranted by any mean suspicion of your whole body.— I wrote for books to by ,— not but I could have taught the rudiments without them,— but because I wished to make my instructions philosophically availing as well as mere elementary. In this object I thought myself confirmed by you; my books have not come as yet & are probably lost— of the pecuniary value I seek not.— I borrowed a book of & told him believing him to be responsible that wednesday would be best for me to deliver a publick lecture owing to my engagements here. I here was officially informed when the school was to be opened by me.— The addition of insult to abuse may be gratifying to small minds, mine is above it, scorns and repudiates it—
I am very respectfully
Your very obt. Servt.
The answer
Jany 11th. 1836
Sir
I received yours of the 5th Inst. in which you manifested much indignation and concidered your honour highly insulted by us as a body, if not by me as an individual, and deprecated our conduct because we informed you that you appeared willing to trifle with us, as it respects our engagements with you to teach our Hebrew class. I have acted in this matter as agent for the school; the time agreed upon for you to commence, was not to be protracted, at farthest later than [p. 186]
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