23d Feb. 1841
In reply to your favor of the 19th. I regret very much that absence from Town prevents my attending the meeting of gentlemen intending to form a chemical society. I am afraid that my numerous avocations would prevent me from joining the society, at least so as to take an efficient part in it.
I doubt whether Chemistry alone is a sufficient basis for a society and I should recommend that it should embrace both chemistry & electricity.
I am Sir Your obedt Servt