This is one that Charles Babbage received in 1821 from The Edinburgh Journal of Science
"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."
From Gleick, James (2011). The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (p. 99). Pantheon. Kindle Edition.