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have met with , begin to make serimts impressions on .-. those- wlio at first rejected the counsels you gave ; and they will-acquire -new weight ¦ every day , and be in high esteem vvbtjn the cavils against them are dead aod
forgotten . Please to present my affectionate respects to that honest , sensible , and intelligent society , * who did me so long the honour of admitting me to share in their instructive conversations . I never think of the
hours I so happily spent in that company , without regretting that they are never to be repeated ; for I sqc no prospect of an end to this unhappy war in my time . Dr . Priestley , you tell me , continues his experiments with success . We make daily great improvements it >
natural—There is one I wish to see in moral Philosophy ; the discovery of a plan that would induce and oblige nations to settle their dispiites without first cutting one another ' s throats . When will human reason be sufficiently improved to see the advantage of this ? vVhcn will men be convinced that
even successful wars at length become misfortunes to those who unjustly commenced them , and who triumphed blindly in their success , not seeing all its consequences . Your great comfort ar \ d mine in this war is , that we honestly and faithfully did every thing in our power to prevent it . Adieu , and believe me ever , my dear friend , your ' s , &c . 7 B . R
To Dr . Prikstley . Pass ? / , Fcbru&ry 8 , 17 80 . . . Deaji Sm , i , . YOUR kind letter of September 9 . 1 th , came to . hai&d but vgxy lately , the bearer having staid long in Holland .
I alvravs rejoice to hear of your being stilf employed in experimental researches into nature , and of the success j ou meet with . The rapid progress true : science now i ^ iakes , occasions my regretting sometimes
that I was born so soon : it is impossible to imagine the height to which may t > e carried in a thousand years , the , power of man over matter ; we may perhaps learn to deprive large masses of their gravity , and give them . _ , . - rv " —7— ¦—r»—t—— —~—— - *~ * Supposed to allude 4 * * club , at tin * iLonyioit Coffeehouse . 5 - .
absolute levity , £ cm ? the sake of eas jf transport . Agriculture may diminish us labour and double Hs produce : * ai ^ diseases may by . sine means be prevented or cured , ( no * * kccpte&g evear that'of old age ) and our lives lengthened at pleasure even beyond the antediluvian standard . O that moral
science were in as fair a way of improvement , that men would cease to be wolves to one another , and that human beings would at length learn what they now improperly call humanity !
I am glad my little paper on the Aurora Borealis pleased . If it should occasion farther inquiry , and so produce a better hypothesis , it will not be wholly useless . I am ever , with the greatest and most sincere esteem , dear Sir . &c .
B . F . [ Inclosed hi the Jbregoing . Letter ) being an answer to a separate paper receivedjrom Dr . JPricstley ^] I have considered the situation of that person very attentively ; I think , that with a little help from the Moraf
AlgebrUy he might form a "better judgment than any other person can form for him . Rut since my opinion seems to be desired ,- I give it for continuing ; to the end of the-term , under all the present disagreeable crrcarnstances : the connection wiJl then
die a natural death . No reason will be expected to be given fif ) r the separation , and o £ course noofffenee takeh at reasons given ; the friendship may still subsist , and in some other way be - useful . Trre time diminishes daily , and is usefully -employed . All human situations have their in ^ on *
venimices ; we feel those that ttfe find iu the present , and we neither feel nor see those that exist in anothfef ? Hence w ^ e make frequent and troiibief some changes without am ^ ndmerit , and often for the worse . \ it trif
youth I was passenger in a littlesloop , descending the River Delaware . There being no wind , We were obliged when the ebb waa spent , to . cast ^ awcteton and wait for the next . The heat 6 f-th € aon ^ btrie '"
vessel was exoessirae , i ^ the ^ p ooipdily strangers to nn * e , and ^ not Wry agrtt ^ abhs . Near the MVfcW ^ iie ^ I saw- ^ tibi I took to be a pleasant j £ * rec * i m ^ klot ^ in ^ he-midcUf of w 4 vion ^ - ^ s ^ sl krr ^ frbady tipe } it + * tNam it UTtttk > iptf >^ k #± f
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1817, page 14, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2460/page/14/