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FROM THE REV. JAMES BLYTHE, D. D.
Cincinnai, Nov. 23d. 1831.
As you know I had the pleasure, some time ago, of looking into a manuscript work of yours on the subject of slavery, it has given me great pleasure to learn that you have thoughts of publishing those letters. A more acceptable present could not be made to the public, in my opinion, particularly at the present time.
As far as I have had it in my power to judge, I do not hesitate to say, that I am better pleased with your work on this subject, than with anything I have seen.
I have only to add, that I hope an enlightened public will not only suitably appreciate your disinterested effort in the cause of suffering humanity, in the liberation of so many of your own slaves; but also receive with a generous patronage, this enlightened and well conducted effort of your pen. With sentiments of great esteem, I am, Reverend Sir,
FROM JOHN GREEN, ESQ.
Lincoln, Nov. 18th, 1831.
I hope you will not fail to make arrangements for the publication of your letters on slavery. In my judgment,
they are, taken as a whole, the best essays I have read on the subject. I believe they are well suited to the present time—would be read with interest-particularly by Christians, and may be the means of doing much good. On reading the manuscript last year, I thought, and perhaps suggested, that some slight alterations might be made with advantage. The occasion which gave rise to the writing of the letters had passed away, and a particular reference to it did not seem necessary. On reflection, however, it strikes me that the narrative you have given, will serve as an introduction by no means inappropriate—and may have the good effect of warning other congregations to be more circumspect and charitable towards those who press upon them the performance of disagreeable duties.
With high regard,
JOHN GREEN. Rev. JOHN D. PAXTON.