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Extrait from the Epislle to a Dodor of Divinity (Dr. Sherwin).
[The passages are printed in Italics, to which Pope replies.]
« Guilt less of thought, each Blockhead may compose
Are all for dressing other people's brains," &c.
I ought to mention, that Mr. Hayley thinks Pope was not the aggreffor in this wretched personal businefs ; and that Lady Mary's Verses ought to be suppressed. From all I have read, I am convinced Pope was the aggressor. Mr. Hayley's chief argument against the fuppofition, is Pope's “ ipfe dixit.” Valeat quantùm valere poteft; but while Pope's scandalous couplet remains, I do not see why the 66 Audi alteram” should be denied to the Lady.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS.
ESSAY ON MAN.
EPISTLE 1. P. II.
Yonder argent fields above.
Not in the neighb'ring moon, as some have dream'd;
Translated faints or middle fpirits, hold.
That Wisdom Infinite must from the best,
There must be, somewhere, such a rank as Man. “ Since infinite wisdom not only established the end, but directed " the means, the system of the universe muft necessarily be the best
of all possible systems.” " It implies no contradiction to say, " that God made a system of creation infinitely wise, and the best of “ all possible Systems."'--" It might be determined in the divine “ ideas, that there should be a gradation of life and intellect “ throughout the universe. In this case it was neceffary, that there should be some creatures at-our pitch of rationality—from the infect
Bolingbroke, Frag. 43 and 44. Compare below ver. 239 to 241.
Again in Fragment 49. “ If a gradation of animal beings “ appeared necessary or fit-to the supreme or divine reason " and intention-; why should not we be the creatures we
up to man."
Ver. 51. Respecting man, whatever wrong we call,
May, must be right, as relative to all. “ The lowest employments to which legilators and magistrates « subject some of the persons they govern in political societies,