On this page
- Text (2)
Note: This text has been automatically extracted via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. The text has not been manually corrected and should not be relied on to be an accurate representation of the item.
Additionally, when viewing full transcripts, extracted text may not be in the same order as the original document.
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 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 11, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/11/