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As I am an obscure stranger and without a friend to recommend or introduce me to your Excellency’s notice, I must commence by begging pardon for intruding myself; a freedom to which I was encouraged by that liberality of sentiment which has appeared so conspicuous in your public Administration & in your justly esteemed writings. Enclosed is a small work in poetry which I have lately published...
I have recieved, Sir, the little book of poems you have been so kind as to send me, and thank you for it as a mark of respect : but at the age of 77. our passion for poetry is gone, and the imagination become too torpid to taste it’s beauties, or to criticise it’s merits. I have no doubt that younger readers will do justice to yours; and, with my wishes that your poems may find abundance of...