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to be found in the letter itself, Mr. Coleman did not see fit to continue the discussion with "Corrector," but contented himself with promising to do so in the future,—a promise which he does not appear to have fulfilled, at any time.

The following is the only notice of "Corrector" which the files of The Evening Post contain, during the year succeeding the publication of his second letter in the National Intelligencer; and, so far as can now be ascertained, "Corrector" does not appear to have been again interfered with by any one.

[From The New York Evening Post, No. 4652, New York, Tuesday, May 6, 1817.]

"The Federalist.—The correspondent of the National Intelligencer, who appears, under the signature of 'Corrector,' has, at length, replied to the answer which I gave some time since, to his first communication relative to the respective writers of the numbers of The Federalist; in which he repeats his assertion that Mr. Madison is the author of many more of those papers than has been generally supposed, and which he particularly enumerates. For the present, I merely apprise him and the public, that I shall, hereafter, as soon as I shall have collected certain circumstantial testimony, corroborative of my former statement, shew, from indubitable evidence, verbal and documentary, that it is substantially correct."

At the same time that Mr. Coleman maintained a dignified silence toward "Corrector," he was equally silent on the question generally, as much so indeed as if no such question existed; and not until the following January, when Mr. Gideon issued a Prospectus for a new edition of the work, did there appear a syllable on the subject, in the columns of The Evening Post.