Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 165

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I wish to Heaven, in such a climate you had a better Social compact; but that is impossible even to be hoped for. I wish it for you & [indecipherable], for I really think there are not a dozen families besides yours either deserving it or even know what it means - This is the fate of all new countries at first years but yours having indeed the [indecipherable] immensely increased disadvantage of being peopled with those habituated from their childhood to crime, whilst the "undetested" past have as much propensity to commit it, which whilst

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