Richard Porson - The freshness of the ink and materials might then have led to a detection of the imposture

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The freshness of the ink and materials might then have led to a detection of the imposture ...
About Montfortianus.

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Sounds like Sinaiticus!
How Tischendorf kept the manuscript away from the critics. Ironically, with Sinaiticus we can still see "the freshness of the ink and materials" today.

"This hypothesis will explain how it so suddenly appeared when it was wanted ... It might have been hazardous to expose its tender and infantine form to barbarous critics. They would perhaps have thrown brutal aspersions upon its character, from which it might never have recovered. The freshness of the ink and materials might then have led to a detection of the imposture; but time would gradually render such an event less probable in itself, and less hurtful in its consequences."

This was actually Richard Porson talking about Montfortianus (I do not believe he ever saw the ms., and it is quite unclear if his point makes any sense for Montfortianus, but it does for the later Sinaiticus!)

Letters to Travis, in answer to his defence of the three heavenly witnesses, I John,V.7 (1790)
https://books.google.com/books?id=sTROAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA117

Porson was a heavy drinker, skeptic, sneering who basically used cheap debating tricks.
 
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