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it some book of competent value, to make amends for the damage it would sustain by his using the MS.

This discourse I very well remember, and I believe I can bring a witness that heard me relate it, long before the Doctor's deposition came abroad ; and I take it for certain, that this was the very same conversation which Dr King overheard. 'Tis true, there is some small difference in the account : I said that the MS. would be " worth little for the future," and the Doctor says, " worth nothing." But that is no material change, and may be excused in the Doctor, who is not over nice in his expressions. But do I remember that the Doctor was present then ? No, nor any time else ; for I know him not, if I meet him ; and perhaps my <' pride and insolence" might lie in that, that I did not know a person of such known credit in the world. Allowing, then, that this was the " free conference " (as the Examiner calls it) which the Doctor overheard, I have a few things to observe in the narrative that he has made of it.

It appears first, that his pert reflection which he thought carried such a sting in it, is very silly and insipid — "Which I took the more notice of," (says

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