Oh, but to receive such a rejection letter!
It is with no inconsiderable degree of reluctance that I decline the offer of any Paper from you. I think, however, you will upon reconsideration of the subject be of opinion that I have no other alternative. The subjects you propose for a series of Mathematical and Metaphysical Essays are so very profound, that there is perhaps not a single subscriber to our Journal who could follow them.
David Brewster, physicist and mathematician and inventor acting as editor of The Edinburgh Journal of Science to Charles Babbage, mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer; father of the computer circa 1821.
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