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acndemy near Rotherham , and a new meeting-house has been lately erected . 12 . Thomas lngham . 13 . George Carter . 14 . John Heapy ^ Sept . 12 . 15 . John Issot ) Feb . 20 , 1674 . This year Mr . Frankland being
Writers on Materialism ,, Letter I .
Sir , Jan . 3 , 1811 . In my occasional rambles , among old books , I not long since procured a few volumes which I have reason to think are now very little known They brought me to an acquaintance with two writers who , more than a century ago , maintained , upon Christian principles , and with no small learning and acuteness , the natural mortality of man , and the doctrine of a resurrection , as affording the only rational hope , as well as assigning the commencement of a future life . These writers were Dr . Coward and Mr . Layton , who appear to have passed through much evil report among
their contemporaries , for controverting established notions . Their memory also has been treated with uncommon neglect , even by those who have gamed deserved
reputation in the same walks of theology . 1 am not aware that Hartley or Priestley mentions either of them , perhaps having never met with their writings . These , from the
circumstances which may be further noticed , must have stolen into the world . Bishop Law merely refers to Layton in a note to
invited by a congregation at Natland , in Westmoreland , he removed his academy thither , where he preached frequently in his own house , as well as at several neighbouring places . The list of his pupils there will be given ill a future Number . P .
his "Theory , " without quoting his work . He however ^ allows him to have answered every thing written in his time , by the Immaterialists . Archdeacon Blackburne , in his Historical View' *
gives a short account of their writings , probably all which his plan would admit . Dr . Flemings in his Survey of the Search after Souls , " controverts the opinions advanced in these books , but was so unacquainted with the circumstances connected with them , that , as Blackburneand Kippis have observed , he attributed the whole to Dr . Coward , though it does not appear that he had with Layton even a personal acquaintance .
I have entered into these particulars that you may judge hour far it might suit the design and engagements of your work to preserve an account , somewhat at large , of these books , and the very little which can now be known
respecting their authors ^ especially Mr . Layton . Such an account would , of course , include a view of the controversy and the state of public opinion upon these important topics , at the commencement of the last century . Should you be inclined to entertain the subject , I will proceed to make the best use I am able of the ma *
10 Writers vn Materialism . —Letter J .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1811, page 10, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2412/page/10/