Great Barrington March 29th 1821.
A few weeks since I received from you a letter mentioning that you had sent me a copy of your collection of hymns 1 and a pamphlet which I suppose is the answer to Dr. Spring's attack on the Unitarians. 2
I have not received either of them, owing probably to some accident as the letter was mailed at New York. You politely offer to send me any number of copies which I may want for my friends if I should find the work so well done as to induce me [to] make use of the proffer. I have not seen the work yet but I have no fear that I shall not like it. For what little of my own there is in it I shall of course feel a parent's particularity and report speaks highly of the general merit and good taste of the compilation. I will avail myself of your politeness so far as to request you to send me by Mr. Pynchon the bearer two copies of your work. 3
I congratulate you on the prosperity of the religious society for whose particular use your compilation was undertaken. Judging from the circumstances in which it is placed, I should wonder if it did not number among its members many of the most enlightened liberal candid and intelligent of the inhabitants of yr city animated with much of that fearless and commanding virtue which pursues its duty in spite of consequences. It is from such men that the cause of liberal Christianity must look for prompt spirited vindication against the attacks of bigotry and insolence. 4 --I have seen Mr. Everett's dedication sermon--and admired it-- 5
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