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THE following Remarks were drawn up, in substance, soon
after the publication of that work which is the subject of
them. The author had then neither health nor leisure to fit
them for the press; and was under less trouble about it,
when he found that the argument was undertaken by others,
of whose learning and experience he had a better opinion
than of his own.

But a new edition of his Answer to an Es-
say on Spirit having been called for, they are now published
as a continuation of the same controversy. The Confessional
is little more than a sequel to the Essay on Spirit ; and we
may judge by the excellent things which the author has pro-
claimed in favour of the late Bishop Clayton, and that Essay,
he will not be offended with me for putting him into the same
class with his fellow-labourer.

I would not be thought so much as to insinuate by this
publication, that the Confessional is not fairly and fully re-
futed in those Three Letters which have been addressed to
its author by a judicious hand: notwithstanding all that sa-
tire, flash, and affected superiority, with which the Letter-
writer is assaulted in the Occasional Remarks, which every
impartial reader, who has the least knowledge of the world,
will easily understand. Nor is it difficult to see, that the
Confessional, and those Remarks, are the work of the same
person: for men are known by the cast of their metaphors,
and the temperature of their expressions, as effectually as
by the turn of their features, and the form of their hand-

But there are readers who will scarcely be at the pains to
follow the argument to such a length: as there are doubtless
some admirers of the Confessional, who have not had patience
to attend their guide through all the multifarious doublings




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