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with which those excellent men are acquainted ; for by the correct , and candid juclgment which they would
form of my work , I might determine what was true , what erroneous , and what tolerable . It is now seven years since that book was published . The first and the second editions had the
good fortune to be , in general , favourably received . The last edition has Hot fared so well . After a silence of five or six years , I know not what faults are discovered which were not
perceived before $ and what is singular , subjects of religious controversy are found in that work , where I only designed to treat questions of speculative philosophy . I have determined to make some additions , a
large part of which is already prepared . These will appear in their proper places in the fourth edition , which the bookseller intends to publish . I shall also readily satisfy your wish , or that of any of your friends ,
by inserting the proofs of the Unity of God , which present themselves to my mind ; for L am inclined to believe that the Unity of God may be as clearly demonstrated as his existence ^ and that it may be established
on evidence completely satisfactory . But I love peace , and there are so many in the world who love clamour and vain controversies , that I doubt whether I ought to supply them with new subjects oi dispute .
The remarks you send me , which those learned persons made upon The Reasonableness of Christianity , &c , are doubtless very just , and it is certain that many readers have been shocked at some opinions which they
met with , at the beginning of the book , and which , by no means , accord with the doctrines commonly received * But on this subject I must refer those gentlemen to the Two Defences of his
work , which the Author has put forth . * For having published that smalt volume , as he says himself , principally with a design of convincing those who doubt the truth of
Christianity , he was led 9 unavoidably , to treat those subjects - , for to render his book useful to Deists , he could riot pass over in silence those articles on which they insist , whenever they ' ....... r - . in . ih- _¦_¦ — . ¦ ¦ ' ' * ** " ~ ' " ~ y ~ f ' ¦ t \ 'i irm --t- ¦ - ' m .
examine the truth of the Christian Religioln , 1 am , Sir , Your very humble and most obedient Servant ,
J . LOCKE . [ The above was in French : what folloivSf in LatinJ \ My worthy Friend , BE not surprised that I answer in French your very acceptable Latin letter of the 8 th of this month , I
might plead a number of engagements , which have denied me much leisure , and my want of practice in the Latin tongue , which forbids my writing with expedition . But I learn from yours that this letter of mine will be read or shewn to others , and I cannot venture to subject my negligent style
to the censure of such judges . For , whatever your candid , friendly consideration always accepts from me , with others it might create disgust , or , at least , a weariness , not easily excused . I therefore wrote what I had to say , rapidly , in my own language , and employed a Frenchman to render it into his .
Since the controversy has commenced between me and the Bishop of Worcester , ( who was indeed the aggressor , ) the Reverend gownsmen ( gens theologorum tcfgata ) are
marvelously excited against my book , and that Essay , which was hitherto approved , is now at length discovered , by the pious care of these Doctors , to abound with errors , or at least to
contain a hiding-place for errors , and the very grounds of scepticism * Respecting the Unity of God , I confess that the arguments of Grotius , in the place you cite , are not quite
satisfactory . * Can you suppose that any one who acknowledges a God , can possibly doubt that his Deity is one ? 1 indeed never doubted this ; yet I confess that it appears \ o me , oq reflection , that the mind must be
somewhat elevated , and separated from the common method of philosophizing , to prove this , philosophically , or , if I may so speak , physically ; but I say this only to you . My kindest regards io your dear wife and children . * See Le Clerc ' s Notes ou Sect , Hi . Ed . Hag& Comitisy 1734 , pp . 8 , 9 .
The Correspondence between Locke and Limborch , translated . [
? ' Sec ' Vol . XIII- PP . 671 , 672 , Note .
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