York Buildings—4th. Dec. 
My dear Ollier,
You must have thought it strange to have no answer to your letter; but owing to some accident in unpacking the
parcel it came in, it was not put into my hands till last night. I am truly sorry & vexed at the conspiracy of unlooked-for circumstances that have kept you out of this money, & wish to God I could send it forthwith, & in hard cash; but at all events I will lose no time in forwarding the article you are good enough to mention. You may reckon upon it in the course of a /few/ very few days, quite time enough for the magazine, & of a nature to satisfy (I trust) all parties, being a Chat upon Books & Men.— As soon as I can shew my face again, I will come & see you, & apologize in person for the trouble I have caused you, which was extremely against the will of,
Yours truly & obliged,
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