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To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Temple } London ^ Aug . % 1810 . str , , I feel much indebted to you for the very interesting account of the students educated under Dr . Ro * theram ; it is in many respects gratifying , but in some humiliating to a Nonconformist . But let that pass . My object in taking up my pen is solely to correct an error or two , into which you have fallen , in your memoirs of James Alder son .
Mr . Robert AJderson , the quondam minister , married the daughter of Mr . Samuel Hurry , not of Mr . William Hurry . His children , by that marriage , inherit the ample fortune of their maternal grandfather , in consequence of the death of his only son , Mn Samuel Hurry , jun . Mr . W . Hurry , who died a short time ago , was lhe brother of Mr . Samuel Hurry * and the father of the late Mr . Edmund Hurry , of Mr . Ives Hurry , of Mrs . Maurice ^ of Normanston , of Mrs . George Morgan , &C . &C .
You are surely mistaken , too , in saying that the venerable Mrs . Aldersonstands "first upon the list of the Society for the Relief of the . necessitous Widows and Children of Protestant Dissenting Ministers deceased * " Your own ac--coiitit of her opulent family ( one of whom died a few years ago leaving a handsome fortune , ) might of itself have suggested to you , that you were in an error . If
I had possessed the list referred tc I doubt not but I could do away your misrepresentation , which , however , I impute to inadvertence only . You certainly are not aware that no widow can receive relief from the fund you mention , with , put declaring that she has not an income exceeding tzventy-jive pounds per annum ! I can only account for your blunder , in
describing Mrs . Alderson as dependant upon eleemosynary charity , by supposing that , in the haste of preparing your work for the press , your eye fellrupon the wrong list , in the annual statement of the 'Widow ' s Fund Society ; and that yau extracted the name of Alderson not from the list of widows receiving assistance , but from that of subscribers , where it is very probable the name may be found more than once .
It is possible , indeed , that in one of the statements of the Widow ' s Fund , years back , when the Alderson family were just rising into prosperity , the case may have been as you sa 3 '; and , you may have consulted one of these obsolete publications ; or , by a ridiculous blunder , the name may have been yearly reprinted . Ataqy rate the mistake should be rectified .
I am not acquainted with any of the members of this numerous and prosperous family , but I wish to see justice clone to all persons , for , I am , by principle and long profession , A Non-Con .
ERRORS IN THE ACCOUNT OF THE ALDERSON TAM 1 XY .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 402, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/26/