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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—May I ask admission in your paper for a few words P An article by Mr. Saintsbury, in Macmillan's Magazine for June, on "Dc Quincey," has only recently come to my knowledge. In this the author imputes untruthfulness to de Quincey. I have offered to the editor of Macmillan's Magazine, and through him to Mr. Saintsbury, a perusal of private letters substantiating de Quincey's account of the definite points in -question. The editor has refused this offer, and in this con- dition of things, I desire to ask such of the public as interests itself in these subjects, to suspend judgment till the letters I -offered for these gentlemen's private consideration are made public. This I hope will be shortly.—I am, Sir, &c.,

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