TO JOHN HODGSON, ESQ., SURGEON.
 
Sir, - I have just seen a letter, bearing your signature, in the Carlisle Journal - may I request to be informed whether the words “Morally depraved Surgeon” are intended to apply to me.
 
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
 
JOHN FIFE
 
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oct. 14, 1843.
 
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Carlisle, Oct. 16, 1843.
 
Sir, - In reply to your note of the 14th inst, which I received this morning. I beg to state that the maxim with which I concluded my last letter in the Carlisle Journal, was an abstract proposition, and that my application of it was a general, not an individual one. For the manner in which it may be applied by you or others I hold myself in no way responsible.
 
I remain, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
John HODGSON
 
To Sir John FIFE.
 
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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oct. 18, 1843.
 
Sir, - Having been requested by Sir John FIFE to peruse your note of the 16th inst., relative to the concluding paragraph of a letter which appeared in the Carlisle Journal of last week, bearing your signature; I am desired to state that the latter part of your note to Sir John FIFE makes the former very unsatisfactory.
 
You have placed Sir John FIFE’s name so in the context, that your maxim has the appearance of an imputation, for which I conceive you are most decidedly responsible.
 
It only remains for me, therefore, to request you will be pleased to immediately communicate with me, and explain the paragraph alluded to, to Sir John FIFE’s perfect satisfaction.
 
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,
T. B. LEWIS, Captain, 37th Regiment.
 
To John HODGSON, Esq., Surgeon,
Carlisle.
 

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Carlisle, October 20, 1843.
 
Sir, - I have been shewn by my friend, Mr. HODGSON, of Carlisle, a note bearing your signature dated the 18th inst., relative to certain expressions contained in his letter to the Editor of the Carlisle Journal, of the 14th inst., and in his note addressed to Sir John FIFE on the 16th inst., and I am of the opinion that the declaration made by Mr. HODGSON in the latter document, to the effect that he did not intend the words “Morally Depraved Surgeon” to be applied to any particular individual, is as ample and complete and answer to Sir John FIFE’s inquiry as it can possibly admit of.
 
With respect to the latter part of Mr. HODGSON’s note, to which you refer as making it’s former part “very unsatisfactory” I am also of opinion, as the words used therein cannot by any possibility admit of such a construction, as to imply even the slightest contradiction to the answer already so positively given by Mr. HODGSON, viz., that his application to the maxim in question was “a general, not an individual one,” and as no offensive meaning can be reasonably attached to those words on their own account, that no responsibility, whatever, can properly devolve upon him.
 
I have the homour to be, Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant,
Richard OLIVER, M. D.
 
Captain LEWIS, 37th Regiment.
 

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Sir, - I have to acknowledge the receipt of your communication on the part of your friend, Mr. HODGSON, explaining that his note to Sir John FIFE is, in effect, a declaration that he did not intend to use the words complained of to be applied to any particular individual and that no offensive meaning can.
 
I am of opinion that Sir John FIFE ought to be satisfied with this explanation.
 
T. B. LEWIS, Captain, 37th Regiment.
Barracks, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
October 22, 1843
 
Dr. OLIVER, Carlisle.