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sir , Eondtm , Dec . 22 , 1807 - A friend put into my hand lately a volume purchased at \ he sale of the library of the late Mr . Isaac Reed * , of which , as a curiosity , J send yoyu 4 brief account . The volume contain * two
coj ) ies both printed in London ; one in the year l £ »> 9 , and the other in 17 j 61 , ofili tract , entitled , lc Reflections upon Liberty and Necessity , &c / ' A motto from Lord Boiingbroke stands on the ti ^ le-pagq , ' whitfh lias no book * seller ' s name . In the firbt blank leaf is written , 1 suppose in his own hand-vyrUing , " Isaac Reed , 17 S 5 , " and , in the same hand , tliere is a mejnorandum below , as follows : «• By Wilhn . Corry , Esq .
* These vo l umes . werc ^ neyer pub fished or publicly sold . | y „ «? The author of thenii , pirt an cijd to his existence , by means of a pistol , on the ad of August , 1763 , at his house ia A ** gyle r buildings . ** He was a man of some property , but was said to Ijave imprudently mar * ried a woman with whom he had coha <* bited .
" His suicide was a deliberate %$ tr D . H . told me that he had dined , and was about to go to his study , when * being told * a pye was about to be brought in , he said he might as well eat some of it . He did so , then went to his study and blew Ms brains out . "
The author professes uimself to be a , " Necessitarian Deist / ' Ho is a disciple of Collins , and vi n * dicates his master against ; Dr . Clarke . He seems to have considered the doctrine of necessity as essentially incompatible with Christianity . He says , page 3 t
* For jthe Obituary of Mr . . Reed , see Monthly Repository , Vol . II . p . xq $ . - ^ T hW sale of his library lasted many days . It sold for nearly 4 , 400 ! . an extraordinary sum , if it be true , as stated in the Courier newspaper of December 19 , i 8 oyfthat Mr . Hecd ' a income iwvcr , in any period of Jus lire exceeded 300 L pe / annum . E » itoiu . ')»••¦ ¦
« hart that 4 < it hath a peculiarly striking and happy effect upon the nrnd to consider ht > w widel y different a tablet of merit
would btj from a tablet of farr ^; how many names would be wholly obliterated , and how many new ones , absolutely unknown to thje world , would take their places ,
upon changing the one into the other . And , considering that these tablets will at length be changed , that the table $ * of fame will be cancelled , and that of merit , or moral worth , produced , never to
* Account of a Bpa ^ on * Jkiberty \ -and Necessity . - 13
be changed more ; how much more solicitousrshauld we be , even irom a passion for ^ truefame , to have our name 3 written in the tablet of real merit , though as yjet concealed from human view , than in the tablet of mere present and
perishable renown ; having m ^ ro ^ spect that time , , 111 which tie righteous oa 4 y shall be had iiiG&erlastimgr remembrance . i $ hile ^ % ht name of the wicked shall rot . " jour ' s , J . T . RUTTV t » .
y-ACCOUNT O ^ A BOOK , ' ATTRIBUTED TO W 1 LLIA 3 I C 01 V 5 . Y , ESQ-* 0 N LIBERTY AND NECESSITY , ¦ tfFo the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1808, page 13, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2388/page/13/