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Title: [Letter] 1834 Jan. 17, Nashville [to] Rev[erend] Finis Ewing, Lexington, MO / T. C. Anderson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Anderson, T. C.

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Date: January 17, 1834
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter, dated January 17, 1834, to Reverend Finis Ewing from T.C. Anderson, who worked in the office of the Revivalist, a publication of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Anderson's letter is in reply to the reception of Ewing's most recent article for publication and also Ewing's expression of disapproval of a recently-published article by a man named Amicus. Anderson explains that Amicus had deceived him into thinking the article was approved by James Smith, Ewing's nephew and the Revivalist's editor.
Collection:Finis Ewing Papers

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Revivalist Office Nashville Jan [January] 17 [added: 1834]
Father Ewing,

[added: p.s. Should you again notice [unclear: Amicus ], say nothing of the information herein given, still [unclear: sprat ] of him as the unknown] Your communication has just been handed to the printer. As a whole I am hugly [hugely] pleased with it. [unclear: Amicus ] was as unacceptable in this country as in yours. You may ask why was it published? I will answer

The author of that thing is a man of high political standing- has represented his country in different branches of the Government -- now fills a highly responsible station is a in the Judicary [Judiciary] department- is an ordained Minister in the church - wears gray hairs. A few days after brother Smith left for pa [Pennsylvania] , [unclear: Amicus ] came into

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the Office, read me his communication and intimated to me that he and Smith had had a conversation on the subject, and that it was with the knowledge and approbation of brother Smith that he wrote upon that subject. I disliked the production, and had I exercised my own judgement I should not have published; but as I was acting as agent for brother Smith and as I supposed he had approved the authors intention to write, being thus delicately situated, I determined to let it go for waht [what] it was worth without not [note] or comment. Had I approved of the thing I would have expunged the acceptionable [exceptionable] parts, but I determined not to lay hands upon it.

Brother Smith has not yet returned but in a letter he recently inquired of me who [unclear: Amicus ] was, and expressed his disapprobation of the piece.

So much for [unclear: Amicus ].

I am well pleased with your friendly advise [advice], and hope it will be profitable.

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But did you know the multiplicity of business devolving upon me in brother Smiths absence. you would be prepared to appologize [apologize] for an occasional typographical error, However I know the Revivalist to be a clear of errors as an paper in West.

Your remark in the communication I have taken the liberty to erase for the following reasons: First, it could not profit any person but the Editor _ and he will receve [receive] all the [unclear: benefits ][gap] without publishing that could be realized by its admition [admission]. Second, An Old Observer so stamps himself upon his communication that all who know the and man recognize him. And I was unwilling that censure should go forth from so high a sources without the privilege of making an offset by way of exploration, and this would have been throwing more stuff into the Revivalist when I am sorry to say too much is already fond [found],

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I hope the course persued [pursued] with this expanation [explanation] will meet your approbation. The [unclear: Garrons ] thought will not be lost. It is still floating upon the Ocean of mind and will yet find a resting place. [added:

Rev Finis Ewing Lexington Mo [Missouri] ,
[added: T C Anderson
Jan 17- 1834]]

Brother Smith will be at home in a few days- Give us another sermon soon- Your communications are always a treat-

With feelings of filial affection I subscribe myself a son in the Ministry of Christ
T. C. Anderson

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