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I rode to Newcastle on Wednesday … I found your letter had arrived this morning. The Newcastle Papers are all printed on the Thursday … I could not therefore get the advertisment inserted … I am convinced every advantage will be taken of it to your prejudice in this county. Your letter to Mr Brandling has been made generally known by Mr Brandling and those hostile to your interests who have spared no pains when any disadvantage to your interests in this question could arise from its promulgation … I beg to apologise for offering my opinion in this matter but I cannot remain silent when I conceive my sentiments can in the least <....> to your advantage in what I think no one has a more lively or <....> feeling.
No date given but it appears in sequence between 17th Dec 1823 and 7th Feb 1824. Sicne the advertisement referred to by Johnson appeared on the 31st it was presumably the edition of the 24th which it was too late for. This letter is therefore assumed to date from around the 24th