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I have laid the foundation anothed build -eth thereon. But ler every man take heedp
hon he builderh thereon. 1 Cor, 3,10.
MATTER AND SPIRIT.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
| The History of the Philosophical Doctrine con-
cerning the Origin of the Soul, and the
BY JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, LL.D.F.R.S.
Si quelqu'un demontreroit jamais, qu l'áme est materielle, loiu
Bonnett. Palingenefie. Vol. I, p. 50
DEAR SIR, I TAKE the liberty to dedicate to I you a work, written with greater freedom than any that I have hitherto offered to the Public. An enemy of bigotry, and a diftinguished champion for freedom of thinking, in very try
ing situations, as you have long been, | I am satisfied you will not be dif
pleased 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 straitest principles of reputed orthodoxy, and zealous as I once was a 3
før DEDICATION. 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 fhall always remember with peculiar