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^ stttbdissector human uand Srijaft jdScty . before commencing auriM&hfo , ' * &y compositions would nave t ^ i xtwdnhbnttd iwhh fehat rude , au-^ owfrtffedafri , which drs one of their jjgcriifflfDative features . I ought not jtofee& to have bailed -or cloaked my niiit eiriptaOtfS feelings a la mode , but I
jfltjht to have suppressed and subdued Juan . arwarkings of that untaught vi-( jioas ^ ittwe , in renouncing and mortifrli ^ g ^^ n ich consists the moralist ' s victory over himself ; The contempt which I have so plentifully displayed did not originate in but was sanctioned by an error of judgment , which error was bnly rendered more obstinate by
such rebukes as those grounded on Philosophic Etymology . Common place critici&m and state satire are , to persons dforiginal thinking , offensive for inji pidness rather than sourness , and , instead of diminishing , increase the
acidity of contemptuous feeling . I Jiavfc . nowever derived much profitable reflection and feeling from my present repiorer ; and I * can fsT&eerely assure Aim ( though he despaired of vne ) -that aridpince ^ eontempt ( especia il } if forced ( j riffeeffcd ) , and angry vanity , fec . are bccoineso odioris in my sight , that I hope never tot be guiky of fctaem any
more / Confeemptoousness is one of the spurious offspring of p rhde ; yet em ** pride ought to make elevated knind&despise' it : any person can look w speak" scornfully , but every persdu cannot think clearly or reason powerrfully .
Havi ng frankly confessed niy guilt , iitCAnnotbe unreasonable tp remonstrate aptot 4 he injustice of some of the Wai ^ s brought against \ m ^ . I am Wfced of " contempt of fitf'Vho hdve pne before me . " ' Otliers have charged
woe with extravagant admiration of Msmewho have gone ^ befo re > nrfe . Siire ly ^^ agonists ought not to blow cold Jw riot upon me thus witW the same jtomtH Qf crimination . Will my worwy ^ man ^ hcsra ^ efttliat l have shmv n
anS ** ^ waTde-ShjUcspQatfe , Bacon , W ( flibeir , Wilkins , Tucker , Locke and JJorneTooke ? It may be said that K 2 ^ d not sUind in my way ; and P ? T ^ I had no tem ptation to Wish C ^ P ^^^ n aside pV knock tKeui EBES /* ? Sto ¦ l « aythat they were ElK ^ n astets ' in ^ hescienee ^ f wbwte a » 4 h > be 8 t teAch
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My . Reviewer has intimated that X think it an act of condescension on my part to instruct my kind—insinuating that I vainly look down with disdain from some fancied eminence on all men . But I will not yield to him or any other in respect for common men and common sense . I have found at
least a considerable portion of the different classes of society philosophers in their own way ; and I always respect thinking beings whether they think rightly or wrongly , with me or against me . J would rather converse a whote day with the plainest ploughman
concerning the important science of husbandry , than a single hour with some learned doctors concerning grammar , etymology , rhetoric or logic . It is more blessed to give than to receive : I think it a privilege to communicate instruction .
I have ( as already acknowledged ) expressed much contempt for some w-ho have gone before me and some who stand beside me : but when it is considered that Johnson ' s Dictionary andMlirray VGrarnmar , &c . areadopted as standards of the Knglish language .
will not those who have attended to the 5 philosophy of language admit that there was much temptation in my way ? And if I have attempted to undervalue some popular works as much as they are usually overvalued , it should be remembered , that if a rod or rule has been
bent to one side , it must be as much bent to the other to bring it straight . JAMES GILCHRIST .
StR , October 11 //? , 18 ) 6 . IJf AVINCr presumed in a fonne ^ r JL Number [ p . 38 ( 5 ] to call the attention of your readers to the apprehended failure of the Proposal for a
New Edition of Dr . Priestley ' s Theological Works , and to suggest a few imperfect hints with a view of promoting the design , I am happy to observe in your present Number fp . 521 ]] that the observations then made have
called forth an abler pen to advocate the same cause . Sensible of my * own incompetence to render arty iirtp ^ oTtarrt service to socti a design , I cHd , however , indulge the expectation that £ n appeal ( however irnpeWeet ) in its beV half , would not be altogether iti vain ^ that expectation has not been
disacpdhjfterJvnor am I willfttg to abandon th '^ rt ^ pa't hatthe projected plan may yet be placed " beyond tlt 6 probabirUV if-ftiilure ^ # w ' ] f
Projected Edition , of Dr . Priestley ' s Theological Works . 58 $ )
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1816, page 589, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2457/page/25/