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to t > e the work of that eminent and popular author , whose name it bears . **—it was found < 4 in a bookseller ' s sbop , in Southampton , in the year 1 79 &' The author ' s name , &c . together with the date , were 'written at the bottom of the
title page , as in the present impression . " " It is probable that this copy had formed a part of a collection of books , belonging to some member of the author ' s family , which had
recently been exposed to sale ; for in a blank leaf , at the beginning of a small work which was lying by it ( probably attached to it ) was written , apparently in his own hand , the following presentation , To my dear sister , Mrs .
Mary Watts . Pref . p . 3 . —In a blank leaf of the original work , was written , in a fair hand , the following sentence verbatim : — - The Doctor printed off only fifty Copies of-this , work , and shewed them to some friends , who at I persuaded him that it would ruin his
character in his old age , for publishing such dotages : so that the whole impression of fifty , was destroyed , without publication , except this single copy of it , which
by accident escaped the flames . " p . 4 . —What a pity that on this occasion the Dr . had forgotten what himself had penned in the preface to Dissertations relating to the Christian doctrine of the Trin .
ity , quoted by Mr , G . W . in his extracts from the Dr ' s writings : cc Though a sentence or two , from a man ' s former writing , may be cited , perhaps , to confront his later thoughts , yet that is not sufficient to refute them . All
that it vyill prove is this , that that n ^ an keeps his mind ever open to conviction , and that he is willing
and desirous to change a darker for a clearer idea , and that he confeibes himself a fallible creature . " p . 43 . After an attt-nave perusal of the pamphlet , consisting of
48 pages , it appears to me that Dr . Watts , in his last days , held * ' that God the Father i- > a true and proper person—a distmct in * tc-lli ^ ent Bving , —that tht full and complete Godhead is in this Person ; — that some part of the complete person of our Lord Je ^ us Christ , existed through all ages , — and that the Holy Spirit means some power , virtue or influence , which is not a proper person , " ( see
p . 22 , 24 , 30 , ) or that he was , in effect , what has been called an Arian . Of his having been the author of the Faithful Enquiry , tyc * I can have no doubt . The diffidence
of his soul and the warmth of his piety are exhibited through the whole , —I hope the matter now will be thoroughly investigated , —that the worthy editor of the
Enquiry , if he have any thing more to communicate on the subject , will not be silent ; and that if , as I am informed , the pamphlet be out of print , he will favour the public with another edition .
I am , respectfully , Yours , J . I .
Illustration of a Passage of Lardner ' s on the Damoniacs . 371
Illustration of a Passage of lardntr ' s on the Dupmaniacs .
Sir , Dr . Lardner , in his Case of Daemoniacs , p . 102 , ( Works , volw
p . 474 . ) supposes , that the destruction of the herd of swine , Mark v . l-2 j 13 * was no part of the miracle , but a mere incidental effect of ' panic fright , produced in these animalsjby the hideous forms
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 371, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/27/