Monto Feb. 3. 23.
I did not answer note in pamphlet for 2. reasons. 1. because the use of my hand is so much impaired, and I write with so much pain that I obliged to decline answering any lre which not of the most indispensible urgency & oblign. 2. because I have never permitted myself assume the office of recommendg to the public particular books or institutions, to advise what they should read, or what instns establish. least of all it necessary your proposn for a circulating library. the establmt of such libraries in every town is so the general instrn, so salutory an employment of spare hours & inducement to pass them at home, and brings the use of books so much, within the means of every one that there cannot be two opns on their advge , but of all this the public have the right and the understdg to judge for themselves without admonns me as unauthorised as unnecessary. accept the assure of my respect