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1. A Defence of the Divinity of Chrif hended invasion by the French and
and the Immortality of the Soul: in Spaniards, in July, 1779, when the
Mr. Wesley, and a Defence of the
to the above Remarks.
TIVE opinions ought not to deprive
of Ireland, on occasion of an appre-
In which are introduced,
The Rev. John Wesley's Letter, and the Defence of the
THE SECOND EDITION.
DU B L I N:
DIGNITARIES AND BRETHREN
OF THE ILLUSTRIOUS ORDER OR
THE MONKS of St. PATRICK.*
Reverend Fathers, and illustrious Brethren,
HE purport of the work which I have the honour to dedicate to your order, is to cement the bands of society; to secure the safety of our country, by union and mutual confidence; to render the subject's allegiance firm, and at the same time reasonable, by establishing it on its proper grounds; to dispel the mists of long-reigning prejudice; after disarming Infidelity, which strikes at the foundation of religion, and the dignity of our nature, to induce the Christians of
every denomination to lay aside the destructive weapons which frenzy has so often put into their hands; and, under their peculiar modes of worship, to inspire them A 3
with * A fociety of Nobles and Gentlemen, composed of the greatest orators and writers in Ireland; who, unfolicited, have done the author the honour of adopting, laim as one of their members.
with that benevolence and charity enforced by the first principles of the Law of Nature, and confirmed by the sacred Oracles which they all reyere.
In my fugitive pieces, to which the circumstances of the times have given rise, you discovered the sincerity of my designs, in attempting to diffuse to the community at large, the influence of benignity. My feeble efforts have attracted your attention, and procured me the honour of your esteem. With regard to the rights of society, and proteation due to the man who does not forfeit them by his mifconduct, the learned, the virtuous, the liberal-minded of all denominations, make no distinction ; but, with every respect due to religion, leave fanaticism, the noxious versin that nestles in its wool, to prey upon the ulcerødfeads of the biguis
. Hence, neither my character of a Catholic Clergyman, which, in these Kingdoms, the prepossession of ignorance has rendered so odious, nor the discountenance of the laws, which doom me to transportation, with the common malefactor, nor the disagreeable circumstances
of a profession still exposed to the wanton lash of every religious persecutor, were deemed a sufficient plea for exclu. tion from a fociety composed of so many great and shining men.
Robertson's religion has proved no obstacle to his admission among the Spanish academicians. You, my brethren, have set the brilliant example of philanthropy in this kingdom; and soared far above the sphere of contracted minds. Happy for the world had the gentle voice of Nature been always liftened to, and his religion forgotten in the man!
The calamities, of which a contrary conduct has been productive, are slightly glanced at in my treatise on toleration. In the two neighbouring kingdoms, the scenes which have been exhibited last year, are melancholy proofs, that a tolerating spirit, the fair offspring, of candour and benevolence, confers happiness on individuals, and gives nations a bloom and vigour which intolerance blasts and enervates. In consequence of the happy change in the dispositions of