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illustrated.1858 Excerpt: ... which she has not yet answered, nor
is likely to answer hereafter. It gave us both much concern, but
her more than me; I suppose, because, my mind being necessarily
occupied in my work, I had not so much leisure to browze upon the
wormwood that it contained. The purport of it is, a direct
accusation of me, and of her an accusation implied, that we have
both deviated into forbidden paths, and lead a life unbecoming the
gospel; that many of my friends in London are grieved, and the
simple people of Olney astonished; that he never so much doubted of
my restoration to Christian privileges as now;--in short, that I
converse too much with people of the world, and find too much
pleasure in doing so. He concludes with putting your mother in
mind, that there is still an intercourse between London and Olney,
by which he means to insinuate that we cannot offend against the
decorum that we are bound to observe, but the news of it will most
certainly be conveyed to him.--We do not at all doubt it. We never
knew a lie hatched at Olney that waited long for a bearer; and
though we do not wonder to find ourselves made the subjects of
false accusation in a place ever fruitful in such productions, we
do, and must wonder a little, that he should listen to them with so
much credulity. I say this, because, if he had heard only the
truth, or had believed no more than the truth, he would not, I
think, have found either me censurable, or your mother. And that
ihc should be suspected of irregularities is the more wonderful,
(for wonderful it would be at any rate, ) because she sent him, not
long before, a letter conceived in such strains of piety and
spirituality, as ought to have convinced him that she, at least,
was no wanderer. But what is the fact? and how do we spend our time
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