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Bartolozzi darip I have laid the foundation Zanother build -eth thereon. But let every man take heed?

how he buildeth thereon. 1 Cor. 3, 10.

RELATING TO

MATTER AND SPIRIT.

TO WHICH IS ADDED,

| The History of the Philosophical Doctrine con-

cerning the Origin of the Soul, and the
Nature of Matter ; with its Influence on
Christianity, especially with Respect to the
Doctrine of the Pre-existence of Christ.

BY JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, LL.D.F.R.S.

Si quelqu'un demontreroit jamais, qu l'áme est materielle, loiu
de s'en alariner, il faudroit admirer la puissance, qui au,
rọit donné a la matiere la capacité de penser.

Bonnett. Palingenefie. Vol. I, p. 50

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON, No. 72, St. Paul's

CHURCH-YARD, 9777.

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Dear. Sir, I TAKE the liberty to dedicate to I you a work, written with greater freedom than any that I have hitherto offered to the Public. An enemy of bigotry, and a distinguished champion for freedom of thinking, in very trying situations, as you have long been, I am satisfied you will not be difpleased with any effort of the spirit with which you have ever been animated, and which you have done fo much to inspire.

Educated, as you know I was, in the very ftraitest principles of reputed forthodoxy, and zealous as I once was

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DEDICATION. for every tenet of the system, it was, in a great measure, by your example and encouragement, at my entrance on theological inquiries, that I adventured to think for myself on subjects of the greatest importance; and that I have been able, in the course of a flow and laborious investigation, to free myself from many vulgar prejudices, and to reject many gross corruptions, as I now deem them, of that religion which is the best gift of God to man, and to attain to the degree of conviction and satisfaction of mind which I now enjoy. Every obligation of this important kind I hope I fhall always remember with peculiar

pleasure and gratitude. s. After a sufficiently tempestuous

life, you are now enjoying yourself in a tranquill retirement, and seeing others contend with the storm, the

fury

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