Wishes to read CD's books; will not do so without an assurance of CD's faith in the New Testament.
Common Room,| Middle Temple. E.C.
The reason of my intrusion—which I trust you will pardon—is this. I
have a great desire to read your books—the more so after finding (in his Life
written by his wife) that Charles Kingsley strongly recommended them—but I am
a busy man & not at all a clever man, and if I am to have pleasure in reading
your books I must feel that at the end I shall not have lost my faith in the New
Testament. My reason in writing to you therefore is to ask you to give me a Yes or No to
the question Do you believe in the New Testament. If you could answer me Yes I should
most gladly enter upon the study of your wonderful books but without that assurance I
fear my brain is not fine enough to argue out doubts which might be suggested by your
works but if I can say that the author of these doctrines believes as I do that Christ
was the Son of God, I can say it is only in matters of detail that M
So you will write on the back of this page Yes or No you will be doing a real kindness
which I will certainly not abuse by sending a paragraph to the theological papers headed
yours truly | Fred