Permit me Sir to thank you for your valuable present, 2 for so it is to me however lightly your generous mode of estimation may lead you to think & speak of it. I am afraid to indulge myself in expressing my opinion either of it, or its Author, lest I should cause those unpleasant sensations that arise from the praise of […] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 1] such as are incapable of appretiating appreciating justly that of which they pretend to judg judge , but if the respect approaching to veneration of a simple, untaught, but feeling & I hope upright mind may be mentioned by way of self gratification it is all that is wished.
In your writings I find myself not only possessed of much comprehensive eloquent instructive matter for present entertainment, but also a resource, benign & dignifying to which I may resort when my mind is vexed & wearied with trifling subjects and trifling people. Above all I hope the example of high moral worth I have the privilege of beholding will not be thrown away.
My heart yearns to make its acknowledgements for the frank conversations & confidence with which I have been treated but I will only say I am your very sensibly obliged
Forgive my troubling you to read this, I knew if I said one word on the
subject you would not suffer me to proceed to a second, and in truth it is
unpleasant to say, what is unpleasant to be heard.
Horsleydown3 Tuesday morning