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Moral Causes of Happiness and Misery

ANONG TUL

Human Species.

BY ELIHU PALMER,

OF NEW YORK.

A NEW EDITION, REVISED & CORRECTED BY J. CAHUAC:

" Philosophy teaches us to seek in Nature and the knowledge of
her laws, for the chiise of every eveot. When this knowledge shall
become universal, man will relinquish with elevated, shaha.
destrossd sba tarmog - uature and demoralized the intelligent
world.

" Ilappiness, in its full extent, is the utmost we are capable of, and
misery the utmost pain: the various and contrary choices that mea
make in the world, argue that the same thing is not good to every
man alike: this variety of pursuits shews, that every one dues are
placc his happiness in the thing."- Locke

u I'll not be made a soft and doll ey'd fool,
To shake the head, relent and sigh and yield
To Christian Intercessors."-Sa AKAPEARE.

“ Prove all things."—1 Thess. n. 21.

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TO WHICE I ADDA,

THE LIFE OF DAVID,

London:
RE.PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY JOHN CAHUAC, BOOK.
SELLER, 63, BLACKMAN STREET, BOROUGH;

AND TO BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLIAS.

1819.

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Tue Arst and second edition of this work having met with a rapid sale ia America, the editor has been induced to offer this third edition to the British public, with a most ardent desire that it may serve to strengthen the great cause of moral virtue, and extend, io some small degree, the empire of human happiness and felicity. The establishment of theological systems, claiming divine origin, has been among the most destructive causes by which the life of man has been afflicted. History furnishes an awful picture of the sad and 'fatal effects of fanaticisme among the nations of the earth; but history furnishes only the exterior ; there is a deeper internal wound, which superstitioo has inflicted in the bosom of society, subrer.. sive of all moral sympathy and the fairest traits in the character of man. The sincerity with which many upright minds are attached to the Christian religion, can form no substantial objection against an unqualiged in. vestigation into its truth or falschood. If it be fovoded in truth, it will stand the test of every examioation—it will stand the test of all future ages, and become immortal. It is a point of justice to obserre, that this work has been written under the misfortune and cmbarrassinent of total loss of sight. This, in the cstimation of candid winds, will form at least a partial apology for verbal

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