Thomas Arnold

An Advertisement having appeared in the Leicester Journal of last Saturday, written in the Name of my late Servant Robert Allen Arnold, with a view to prevent the Public from giving credit to the Truths contained in one inserted in that Paper of the foregoing Saturday by my Father; — although it is so ill calculated to have any such Influence on the Minds of the sensible and intelligent part of the Public, or on any who are acquainted with my Father’s character, that I rather imagine it will on such People have a quite opposite Effect, from that which it was intended to produce; Yet as it is possible, that many of the uninformed and less sagacious part of the Public may be deluded by it to their irretrievable detriment, for taking Notice of an Advertisement of so illiberal a Nature, and so little adequate to the purpose for which it was intended.
++He hath daringly charged my Father with falshoods, but hath not dared to mention an instance in which he hath been guilty of it. He had no other way of proving my Father to be guilty of Falshood, than by clearly showing that some one or more Assertions in my Father’s Advertisement were false; but so far hath he been from doing this, that he hath not even had the hardiness to point out any one single Article of it as false. As to his assertion, that on his quitting my Service, not one of my Patients continued with me,—he knows it to be false, as do also many others. But even had he been able by his Artifice to have retained them all, I am surprised he should have so little sense of Shame, as thus boastingly to publish to the World, the success of his Baseness;—such Baseness as I believe even He would blush to see an Account of laid before the Public.—If then the above-mentioned Assertion can be proved, as on occasion it will, to be false, who can believe what he immediately after pretends honestly to affirm, that all the Ingredients and Proportions of the usual Medicines, as he (or his Scribe for him) thinks proper to express himself, are in his possession. He had no other way of obtaining possession of them, but by taking what was not his own, and even when he had thus dishonestly secreted a Parcel or Parcels of every kind of Medicine that was put into his Hands to be administered to my Father’s Patients, or to mine, still when that small Stock was exhausted, he would be at a loss for more. And as to his pretending to have acquired some way or other, the Knowledge of the Ingredients and Proportions as he calls them, of such medicines, I know it to be an Imposition, because I know it to be an Impossibility:—Not to mention, that though he were in possession of every kind of Medicine which was ever made use of, either by my Father or myself,—he would still only be in possession of Tools which he knows not how to manage.
+++++THOMAS ARNOLD, M.D.