7 May 1877
I hardly know how to arrange for Mansfield, or whether it is practicable this time. For 9/0 [9 shillings, 0 pence?] to Derby from Nott[ingha]m & from D[erby]. to Sheffield, & perhaps Roth[erha]m but whether thence to the west is not yet plain. Much pressure lately has hindered.
Have you seen or heard of the current No. of the Southern Review, edited by a Dr. Bledsoe of the Meth[odist]. Epis[copal]. Ch[urch]. (South), America? The Ed. waxes valiant in fight for J.N.D. &c. denouncing in no measured terms the falsehood & abuse levelled from all sides on certain Xns. known to you & me. It is a long article of 80 pp. 8vo. The S[outhern]. R[eview]. is sold in London by Trübner ___. 60 Paternoster Row.
I suppose W. Reid’s “Bible Witness” (Broom) will be appearing soon, 430 pp. 8vo. chiefly critical papers by J.N.D – W.K.
Thanks, Timothy, "practicable" of course makes much more sense!
The word before "America" could indeed be "Scotl", but on the other hand a "Methodist Episcopal Church, South" did exist at the time (cf. Wikipedia).
Aren't you persuaded by the "9/0" that somebody suggested? I think the characters after "Trübner" could be a similar price quotation ...
The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia says that Bledsoe "after 1867 published The Southern Review at Baltimore, which under his management became one of the leading periodicals of the Methodist Church, South." I think that settles it ☺
I see now that this article in the Southern Review of April 1877 was posted on 15 April.