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him that he must now exert an equal fearlessness, in rejecting his own preconceived and mistaken notions. As a proof that he was anxious for the diffusion of views which had operated so powerfully on his own mind, he directed a thousand copies of the Discourse, which had been the means of his own conviction, to be printed and gratuitously circulated by those who were favourable to its doctrines ;—and he imagined that an important service would be rendered to the cause of morality and religion, if he could obtain permission from Mr. BEST to publish the whole series.
After a good deal of consideration on the part of the Author, this permission has been granted. Mr. BEST, however, is no further concerned in this publication than by supplying the matter and revising the proofs, which he very kindly consented to do, in order that accuracy might be insured.
In bringing forward these Discourses, the humble individual, who has been instrumental in their publication, would ask for them that candid perusal which he is persuaded was the means of dissipating the delusion under which his own mind had long laboured ;-and he sincerely hopes, and firmly believes, that if a calm, correct, and dispassionate view of this important subject be taken, it will lead to a total renunciation of pleasures, in the enjoyment of which the mind is deluded and dissipated—the moral feelings perverted and blunted, and the whole man rendered incapable of performing aright those high and important duties, the fulfilment of which alone distinguishes man as having a due sense of the relation in which he stands to his God and Saviour as a rational, moral, and responsible being.