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Remarks on the first column. The two Theorists, with Keill upon them, may now be useful: there is a great deal of curious learning and philosophy in them, which a student may very much improve himself by.
Chronology is a necessary part of learning, and ought to be well understood : the two authors here mentioned may serve at present; if you would carry it further, get Strauchius, and join it with them.
Some general view of ethics may be proper here, before you go further : besides the Ethic. Compend. Hutcheson and Fordyce are the latest and best systems you will meet with. Puffendorf and Grotius are admirable books, and should be studied carefully: they are excellent foundation for casuistical divinity; and to them may be added Sanderson's Prelections. There is an abridgment of Puffendorf, done by himself, which may be usefully read after the larger, to help the memory: but I would not advise you to begin with it, unless you are much straitened in time; for it is too short and full to give you a distinct knowledge of the matters it treats of.
Remarks on the second and third columns. I shall say little of the classics here mentioned, being well known. I place Homer before Virgil, because the latter takes much from him. It might be proper to read Bossu of Epic Poetry, before you undertake them. Euripides perhaps need not be read at large, but only the select plays in octavo.
I need not say much of the Sermons in the third column. Norris is a fine writer for style and thought, and commonly just, except in what relates to his World of Ideas, where he sometimes trifles. You may see in the Appendix some other Sermons, besides these mentioned; which, if you have time to spare, are very well worth reading and abridging
Remarks on the Books for the fourth year. Metaphysics are chiefly useful for clear and distinct conceptions, Hutcheson will give a general view of their design, and the parts belonging to them. The two following books in this column are placed last, as being more difficult to understand than any before mentioned, requiring much thought and close application to be a master of them.
The like account is to be given of the classic authors in the next column.
As to the books of divinity, in the last column; see general directions for divinity towards the end.
You may wonder all this time that I say nothing of Hebrew, which must be owned to be extremely necessary to a Divine. I am very sensible of it; but yet, unless you have learned something of it at school, (which if you have done, take care to carry it on with your other studies,) I say, unless this be the case, you may conveniently defer the learning of it till you have taken a degree; for then
you may lay aside all other studies for a few months, till you make yourself master of it. And now if you design for orders presently, it will not be improper to apply yourself wholly to divinity for some time: wherefore I shall add an appendix, yet further to direct you how to proceed in it after you are Bachelor. Or if you design not presently for orders, you may proceed in philosophical and classical learning, and read as many as you can of the books following, or choose out such as are most agreeable and useful. The moral authors, Greek and Latin, I would especially recommend to your perusal.
GREEK AUTHORS. Aristot. Rhetorica.
Plato de Rebus Div. Marcus Antoninus.
Longinus. Homeri Odyss.
Veteres Orator. Græc.
LATIN AUTHORS. Plinii Epist. et Panegyr.
Lucanus. Seneca Opera.
Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius. Q. Curtius.
Ovidii Epist. et Metamorph. Tacitus.
Eutropius. Aulus Gellius.
PHILOSOPHICAL. Salmon's Geography.
Musschenbroek's Philosoph. Newtoni Princip.
Baker on the Microscope. Saunderson's Algebra.
Chambers's Dictionary. Smith's Optics.
AN APPENDIX. Supposing now that you have in four years gained a competent skill in Greek and Latin authors, and in the arts and sciences, and that you have laid some foundation in English Divinity, from reading sermons; and that you have a general view of the controversies on foot from the books mentioned, and some insight into Church-history; next (if not done already) learn Hebrew : then take in hand some good commentator, Grotius or Patrick, and read it through. You may take Josephus's History along with it, and Dupin's Canon of the Old Testament. From thence proceed to the New Testament, which also read carefully over with some commentator, Grotius, Hammond, or Whitby; the last I should prefer to be read through, and the others to be consulted on occasion. From thence go on to the Church-writers, taking them in order of time; first seeing a character of their works in Dupin, or Cave, or Bull: and let Bingham's Ecclesiastical Antiquities be consulted, where he treats of such matters as you meet with, that have any difficulty in them. Thus go on till you come to the fourth century, at least, if your time, business, and other circumstances will permit. If not, you must be contented to take the easier and shorter
way; and study such books as may more immediately serve to furnish you as a preacher: which may be these that follow, besides those beforementioned.
Bull's Latin Works, fol. Grab. edit.
on the Sacrament.
Fleetwood's Relative Duties.
Reason and Faith.
Waterland's Hickman's (2 vols.)
Blair's (4 vols.) Bragg's
Bishop Sherlock's Fiddes's (3 vols.)
Balguy's (2 vols.) Fothergill's
Dodwell's (2 vols.) Seed's (4 vols.)