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This essay appeared in the December 1792 edition of the Massachusetts Magazine
under the name "Constantia."
The Repository. No. IV.
DETRACTION cannot fail of hurting a delicate mind; the missive shafts of slander too surely wound, and even the cheek of rectitude will redden with indignation to find itself branded with vices which it abhors -- it is thus that calumny is capable of inflicting the keenest anguish -- for a season it will sink the spirit -- but innocence will soon uprear its head -- it will appeal to the all searching ken of deity -- but from the lip of truth it will expect its justification -- it will know that its God acquits, and it will soon wipe from its eye the tear of despondency.
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