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leading positions.-In reality his quotations in general are extremely partial--they are so detached that they quite misrepresent the meaning and intention of the author, in almost every important point.
But quitting Thelyphthora fora moment, to consider the fate of this answer to it. It may be objected that this book only opposes an expiring cause.This is not an objection of weight, because other replies have been partial—this treats the subject more at large; and besides, as it is not written so much from a desire of engaging in controversy, as to convey general information, on the matters about which it treats, it is to be hoped that it will always be a work of utility, and that the lateness of its appearance will be no objection to the reading of it. Many decline reading controversial books, merely from an idea that the subject is trite; but be no impropriety in reminding
them, though they may be very tenacious of their opinion, that while new arguments can be, and really are, advanced, and old ones placed in a new and more convincing point of view, controverfy is not only worthy of their attention, but is a species of writing which is the most instructive.
PROBABLY it may be further alledged, that there are in this production certain subjects brought forward, that had better have been unnoticed. The author is not sensible of having offended in this way, but is certainly blameable if he has treated any subject inde. licately. There are certain matters, which, being necessarily connected with some of his principal positions, could not pass unobserved; but he has endeavoured to express them with as much modesty as intelligibility would permit. He should be extremely sorry if he has faid any thing offensive to the feelings or delicacy of any one.
leave to say that he hopes the learned will look more, in their examination of his work, at the intention than the performance; that they will think confutations of leading pofitions in most cases sufficient, that they will not blame his passing over in filence those parts of Thelyphthora, which are unsupported by any reafons; but particularly, that they will not check, by uncandid and fevere criticisms, the future labours, industry, and improvement of a young author.
NOTWITHSTANDING what has been said, it is not even fuppofed, that fo wild and dangerous a scheme as that communicated to the public through Thelyphthora, which even candour would attribute to the suggestions of libertinism, will receive at this period the sanction of the Senate, and consequently ripen into law: But still the singularity of its principles will excite public curiosity, and cause an extensive reading.–
The prejudices thoughtlessly contracted thereby, may not easily be done away.--That it will be acceptable to the licentious needs no proof; but as it is artfully disguised in the sober dress of Religion, it is much to be feared that it may debauch the principles of better men, and, of course, their morals ; and in its consequences be dangerous to christian purity in general, as well as domestic peace.—Most certainly it is the duty, and it is hoped will be the endeavour of every good citizen to oppose those pernicious effects, which if opposed effectually, the memories of men of such honesty and benevolence, will be revered by grateful generations yet unborn.
DO aver, upon my honour, that I have not the least personal dislike for the Rev.
Martin Madan; on the contrary, I have the highest respect for him as a man of learning and ability: but notwithstanding I do, and most sincerely too, disclaim all enmity towards the writer; yet, the goodwill that I have for mankind in general, productive of a desire to promote their happiness, and that of the female part in particular, naturally B