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Non enim necesse est, si alteros preponas, alteros vituperare, Ne cupide pugnosse contra veritatem puteris. Item vitiosum est, de nomine et vocabulo ejus rei controversiam struere, quam rem consulm tudo potest optime judicare. Nos tamen intelligamus, vitiosum esse intendere controversiam propter nominum mutationer.

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EDINBURGH:

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FOR S. CHEYNE, BOOKSELLER, NO, 22. GEORGE-STREET ;;

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The Editor of the following sheets thinks it necessary to inform his readers, that the conversations which have supplied the materials of his publication, were held in the months of November and December last; and that the idea of communicating them to the Public, struck him when the subject was first proposed. He had long had occasion to see, or thought he saw, that infidelity was gaining ground; that its progress was extended, and its influence increased, by artful and assiduous misrepresentation, on one hand, and by thoughtlessness and vice on the other. He therefore conceived, that no more essential service could possibly be rendered to Society, than by endeavouring to recommend, and, as far as possible to promote, among those whose principles were unformed or unsettled, a serious and fair investigation of a subject, of all others the most important.

With this view, when the consideration of it came before the Society, of which he happened to be a Member, he paid the most particular attention to the arguments there delivered ; noted them down with as

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