To the Editor of the Sydney Gazette.
I was much disgusted with the flippant manner in which a communication from Dr. Lhotsky is treated in the Australian of this morning; and I think tho public will be disgusted too, when the circumstances are properly known.
The paper in question was given by the Doctor to one of the Editors of that journal, as an act of friendly assistance; the Editor accepted it as such, and promised to send a proof for the Doctor's correction. No proof, however, was sent; and the Doctor has the mortification to see his article disgraced by the most egregious typographical errata, which make him speak stark nonsense, and are calculated to injure his professional character as a man of science.
From the invidious mention made, in the Editorial note subjoined to the Doctor's article, by the names of Dr. B. and others, I cannot help suspecting that the writer's design was to question the genuineness of the Doctor's diploma, I can only say, that I have seen many scientific journals of eminent reputation and published in Europe, in which there appear learned articles headed, "By Dr. John Lhotsky"; and any person at all curious on the subject will, I dare say, be readily shown some of them on calling at Mr. Mansfield's book shop.
I must do the Editors the justice to say, that I am convinced the invidious note was not written by either of them; but still they are not the less to blame for admitting it into their columns. And assuredly they are much mistaken, if they suppose that the respectability of their journal will be at all promoted by such unprovoked attacks on men of undoubted learning and science, as is the gentleman in question, to whom I have the pleasure of calling myself
Sydney, 19th July, 1833.