Excerpt from Letter to Patrick Arkley, Esq., Advocate, in Reply to a Letter Addressed by Him to Rev. Alexander Beith, Stirling, One of the Secretaries of the Gaelic School Society, on the Recent Decision of the Committee of That Society
You deny that the breaking up of the Society would have followed the adoption of your list, and you quote Mr. Hut chison as an authority; but you had the authority and assurance of those far more competent to judge, and less biassed in their judgment, on the other side, honestly and urgently stated. But, for the sake of the Catholicity of the Society - that is, doing honour to the present Scottish Ecclesiastical Establishment, you overbore it all in your minds. You created a difficulty, and imagined a danger, which did not exist, as to the said Catholicity, and for the sake of it, you put in jeopardy that which is at this moment, and has been so long, an instrument of so much good in the Highlands of Scotland.
I am bound, of course, to express many acknowledgments both to you and Mr. Goold, with Mr. Johnston, for your labour and zeal to enlighten me on the subject of bigotry, and on the most disastrous position in which I place myself by being its victim. Your benevolent intentions deserve my best thanks, and, with sincerity equal to that which attaches to your intentions and efforts, I beg gratefully to tender them. But am I a bigot?
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