99. Kempis O’Flannegan
Massachusetts Gazette, 28 December 1787

Mr. ALLEN, The large sum offered in your last week’s paper, to any one who would satisfy Charles James Fox, in regard to what a scribbler, whose signature is Agrippa, was labouring to prove, induced me to collect the several papers which contained the productions of that writer, and set myself about attentively perusing the same. After fully investigating them, I confess I found myself nearly as much in the dark at the end of my examination as I did at the beginning of it, with respect to the writer’s meaning: his productions appear to be a compound of unarranged ideas, and misapplied quotations, about some hidden object. From a cursory view of the outlines of Agrippa’s plan, I at first conjectured that he intended to prove the danger there would be in government’s countenancing the establishment of glass-works, at Wheeler’s point: I could not, however, fully satisfy myself with respect to the matter, but conceive he must either mean what I have just mentioned, or else he must be trying to prove the utility of inculcating the belief of the doctrine of transubstantiation.