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REL A TING

TO

MATTER AND

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 alarmer, il faudroit admirer la puissance, qui au-
roit donné a la matiere la capacité de penser.

Bonnett. Palingenefie. Vol. I, p. 50

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TAKE the liberty to dedicate to

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 ftraiteft principles of reputed orthodoxy, and zealous as I once was

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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 shall always remember with peculiar pleasure and gratitude.

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

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