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W O R K S
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
THE editions heretofore fublished of the Dissertations,
the one concerning the end for which God created the world; and the other, on the Nature of Virtue, which has uniformly been fut with it ; but is filaced in the second volume of this collection, have had firefired to them the following Preface, othich, because it contains several just remarks, affilicable as well to the Treatise en Original Sin, as to the Dissertations, it is thought firofter here to insert.
“ The author had designed these dissertations for the fublic view ; and wrote them out as they now aff, ar: Though it is frobable, that if his life had been shared, he would have revised them, and rendered them in some reshects more comfilete. Some new scntiments, here and there, might firobably have been added; and some forssagew Arightened with fartner illustrations. This may be conjectured, from some brief hints, or sentiments minuted down, on loose flashers, found in the manuscrifits.
“ But those sentiments concisely sketched out, which, it is thought, the author intended to enlarge, and digest into the body of the work....cannot be so amfilified by any other hand, as to do justice to the author: It is therefore firobably best that nothing of this kind should be attemfited.
“As these dissertations were more especially designed for the learned and inquisitive, it is exflected that the judicious and candid will not be disflosed to object that the manner in which these subjects are treated, is something above the level of common readers. For though a sufferficial way of discourse and loose harangues may well enough suit some s abjects. and answer some valwable fourhoses ; yet other subjects demand more closeness and accuracy. And if an author should neglect to do justice to a sub