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A Letter to Dr. Priestley from a Person calling himself an Undergraduate> but publicly and uncontradictedly ascribed to Dr. Horne, Dean of Canterbury, and President of Magdalen College, Oxford.
By THEOPHILUS LINDSEY, A.M.
rOXMXXLT FELLOW OT ST. JOHN'S COtLIGt, C AMlu'lDOt.
TH E idea of drawing up the following tract first arose from observing a studied affectation in many persons of treating Dr. Priestley's theological and metaphysical writings with slight and'contempt, and an endeavour in others particularly to infuse the like sentiments of him into the rising generation: which last I could not but look upon as of pernicious consequence, tending to prevent their acquaintance with a writer, from whose various works, above those of any other in our own country, they might reap the greatest advantage both in respect of useful knowlege and virtuous improvement.
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I had no view therein, was I capable of it, of lending him any aid against the attacks made upon him, as if he were in danger of being overpowered by his opponents. For he is more than equal to a whole host of them: which they have all experienced jn their turns; bishop Horsely, one of the most violent of them, the least of all excepted. But I thought it might be possible for another . to suggest some circumstances, and to fay certain things in his behalf, which he would never think of offering, and which indeed could not so properly come frpm himself; by which the edge of prejudice might be taken off, andajuster estimate formed of him and his writings.
I am not however without hope, that I may be able to produce something in confirmation of those very important points, which he has been called out to defend. And if I should not see others exactly in the fame light with him, it will cause no breach or coolness in our friendship. For although he has no high opinion of Plato, as a metaphysician, or theologian, he will