Excerpt from A Narrative of the Controversy Between the Rev. Jedidiah Morse, D.D. And the Author
The harsh expressions, he or any of my other friends might have used on this occasion, were, as the referees intimate, owing to a generous sympathy and the publick will judge, whether such conduct in Dr. Morse did not warrant some gseverity of rebuke. Mr. Higginson zealously espoused my cause and part ly by his inﬂuence, the publication of the edition con tracted for at Cushing and Appleton's by Dr. M. Was suppressed, and a second edition of my abridgment was now printed. The threat in Dr. M.'e letter was, how ever, at length substantially executed, by the publication of an edition of 4000 copies at N ewburyport, in 1808. This was not indeed called an abridgment, but was said only to be shortened. The price, however, was reduced to 6s9. This act, as soon as it became known, excited a general sentiment of indignation in the publick. It became necessary. Therefore, for Dr. M. To appear wil ling to'ofi'er an investigation; and he accordingly proposed to submit his conduct towards me to a reference, pledg. Ing himself to redress my wrongs, to the satisfaction of three gentlemen, named by himself. To this propo 'sal I promptly acceded, and it was accordingly arrang ed in December, 1808; the three gentlemen, named by Dr. M. Being Hon. Judge Davis, Judge Dawes, and Hon. Mr. Dexter, to all of whom I was personally nu known.
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