Monto July 26. 24.
I am sorry, Sir that my situation does not permit me to accede to the wishes you express in your letter of the 12th my family is so large as to admit of no addition. nor could your be forwarded by being added to our society. my hearing is become so dull that I enter little into conversn, and pass nearly the whole of my time in the of my own . The examples of antiquity to which you refer it may be observed bear little anology to the the philosophers of those times were Lecturers by profession. they got their living by daily discourses to their pupils from them received large and often stated compensns. They were what our Professors of Colleges are, or our itinerant lecturers following the business of instruction as a trade . I cannot but applaud your desire of improving yourself, and only regret that the measure you propose is neither compatible with my age or situation, nor would be profitable to yourself. with my regrets accept the assurance of my respectful considn