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of the kind. This gentleman has been preaching at Newburyport, as an assistant to the famous John Murray,* who is infirm with the dropsy and asthma.

Good luck to your Ebenezer, and safe restoration to his mother, to whom present the love of Mrs. B. and Your affectionate friend,


Mr. Randolph is elected a Corresponding Member of our Society.


BOSTON, Nov. 6, 1792.

DEAR SIR,- My last to you was by Mr. Brown, a young preacher, in which I enclosed a subscription paper for my Centennary Discourse, and mentioned, as a thing possible, that perhaps an edition of it might be sold in Philadelphia and the Southern States by Thomas Dobson; and I authorized you to make such terms with him as you should think would be for my advantage. That you may the better judge of the merit of the work, I shall enclose with this letter as many of the sheets as are now struck off, and will be, before the next post; which, as I enclose both to Mr. Wingate, will first come into his hands, from whom you will receive them. Should such an edition be made, you will be particularly careful to have the agreement reduced to writing, and to have a note inserted in the title-page, that it is printed either for, or by permission, of the author; otherwise some other printer may think he has the same right. And let not the Clerk's certificate be omitted. If Dobson will not undertake it, perhaps Fenno

* A well-known Presbyterian minister, who died in the following year. His religious opinions were so diametrically opposed to those of his namesake, the Universalist preacher, that these two divines were distinguished from each other as "Salvation Murray" and "Damnation Murray."― EDs.

may. Either will be acceptable to me, if the terms which you make are complied with.

In a former letter, you asked me about Gookin, the author of the Indian History. You have doubtless, before now, seen some account of him subjoined to that work. The account was collected and drawn up by Mr. Freeman, Fenno's brother-in-law, who is a very industrious member of our Historical Society.

I told Jo to send you the missing number of the Apollo, and I suppose he has done it: if not, let me know,.and it shall be sent.

A vessel will sail in about 10 or 12 days for Philadelphia, on board of which I shall put a few copies of N. H. and of the Foresters, directed to you, which you will put into Dobson's shop for sale, on my account.

I wish the matter of the edition proposed may be concluded soon, and that I may have early notice of it, because I shall then be able to judge what number of copies of the discourse I may send to Philadelphia. If no edition will be made there, I wish for a return of the subscription papers with the early notice. I suppose the printing will be finished next week, if the weather holds good to dry the paper which is making. at Dorchester. These first 5 half-sheets are on the remainder of my Philadelphia paper, of which I had 8 rheams left.

My second dissertation is intended as an answer to a Memoir of M. Otto, in the second volume of Philosophical Transactions. Mr. Wingate has heard me read it, and can give you some account of it. The 3d and 4th dissertations are the same, for substance, which were printed in Carey's Museum, though with some additions. The 1st is entirely new, and is intended to establish the ancient circumnavigation of the African Continent.

We have a great dearth of news from France, though it is probable some important events have taken place since the last date.

I hope this will find Mrs. Hazard, with her Ebenezer, and all the other young Hazards, in good health. We are so at present, and wish you and yours all the felicity which you wish for yourselves.

Your affectionate friend,



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PHILADELPHIA, November 14, 1792.

MY DEAR SIR, I have received your letters by Mr. Wingate and Mr. Brown.

My Ebenezer is removed from earth to heaven. He had fits, and we supposed him to be dying for two days; but he recovered, and began to thrive cleverly, which encouraged us to hope he had got well. The fits returned. after some days, and in less than 24 hours removed him from time into eternity, on the day which compleated the fifth week of his age. His days were few, and full of evil, but eternal joys will amply compensate his pains; and we ought not to repine at his being so soon put into possession of them.

Mrs. Hazard was confined six weeks, and is yet feeble, but gains strength daily. We sympathize with Mrs. Belknap in her affliction.

I have not yet been able to get a complete set of the Minutes of our Assembly for myself, but am in quest of them, and will endeavour to procure duplicates for you. Are not opinions large stones in the foundation of Christjan Societies? All profess faith in Christ, but one be lieves transubstantiation, another consubstantiation, another neither: one thinks this mode of church government the most Scriptural, another that; and is it not on these and similar opinions that the societies are formed?

Your letter gives us the only hint we have yet received of Mr. Morse's second son.

I am informed that Mr. Andrews came from Connecticut. It is not probable that there will be many subscribers here for your Sermon, but I think they will sell when printed. It appears to me that 1,500 will be a suitable number to print for one edition. But are you to be at the expence? If I find they sell, I will suggest the idea of a second edition to Dobson.

I thought you could not long conceal yourself as the author of the Foresters. Fenno pitched upon you at


Mr. Brown answers your description of him. This is to go by him. Give our love to Mrs. B. Good-night.



BOSTON, November 20, 1792.

DEAR SIR,- With this you will receive a small box, containing 6 sets, in boards, of the History of New Hampshire, and nine copies of the Foresters, which was all that the box would hold. You will be so good as to put them into Dobson's hands, for sale. The selling price here, of the Foresters, is 3s. 9d.; the History, 22s. 6d. This week the Century Sermon will be published here. I have sent you the sheets per post, enclosed to Mr. Wingate, excepting 3, which I shall send by the post this week; and, if the vessel should delay till Thursday, I may put up a bundle of the discourses, that some may be vended at Philadelphia, in case Mr. Dobson should not think fit to reprint it.

Your affectionate friend,



BOSTON, 8th December, 1792.

DEAR SIR, — I waited for an answer to my proposal of a 2d edition of my Century Discourse, that I might know how many it would be proper to send to Philadelphia. Yours by Mr. Brown came to hand about a week ago, and by it I perceive your mind is that, "if they sell well, you will propose to Dobson a second edition." I then immediately determined to send 2 or 3 dozen, but, on enquiry, found no vessel bound for Philadelphia, and am told that none will sail from hence for your port. This is rather singular. They used to keep on going till Christmas; but now they have done near a month sooner. This is a disappointment to me, and I know not how to send more than half a dozen, which is a package full large enough for the mail, and under cover to Mr. Wingate. I now send six in that way, which you will dispose of as follows: one to Mr. Wingate, one to Mr. George Thatcher, subscribers; one to Dr. Rush, one to the Secretary of State (for which I wish a receipt), one to Philosophical Society, one to yourself. Should any opportunity present, I will send more; but I do not expect any till spring. In the mean time, I doubt not you will say what you can in favour of reprinting it, if you judge it adviseable.

I am grieved for the loss of your Ebenezer, because I think it would have been a great satisfaction and pleasure to you if he had lived; but he is safely lodged in that apartment of the universe which is destined to receive infant humanity, and preserve it from the contagion of the present state, that it may be introduced with greater advantage into a more exalted sphere, and that its faculties may expand and improve, by the most rapid degrees, in a superior world. Let Mrs. Hazard know that Mrs. B. and I sympathize with her on account of this affliction.

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