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WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, Esq.
ON THE SUBJECT
OF HIS LATE PUBLICATION.
By GILBERT WAKEFIELD, B. A.
Beware of false prophets !-Ye fhall know them by their
Nefas illic fetum jugulare capellæ;
THE SECOND EDITION,
ENLARGED AND CORRECTED.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, BY A. HAMILTON ;
AND SOLD BY I. CUTHELL, MIDDLE-ROW,
ennust 4-6.45 52251
WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ESQ.
THE privilege, which you have claim
at Cambridge, and before that period, been more intensely occupied in the same speculations and pursuits, than mine. clusions, however, from these diligent researches prove not only different, but in many points totally contradictory: yet, (for I am disposed to pay no futile compliments and to facrifice no self-applause, at the expence of conviction and sincerity, though ready to concede in your favour all that can possibly be true) I presume your purposes and affections to have been equally pure, equally zealous, and equally dispassionate, with my own. Perhaps, in consequence of
elaborate publication, which, from the peculiar situation and character of it's author, is likely to engage a considerable portion of popular attention, it may be a circumstance not altogether unimportant to some of our fellowcitizens, nor absolutely unworthy of your own regard, to contemplate some prominent particulars of our disagreement, and the grounds on which we differ.
But, Sir! my leading motive to this public and free address had it's origin in that countenance, which the favourable opinion of
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your character, very generally entertained, as a fincere and pious Christian, has reflected on the political conduct of those statesmen, whose views
you have promoted with eagerness and constancy; and whose interests
have in terwoven with your own.
It becomes on this account, I am persuaded, a consideration of no mean concernment to Englishmen at large to be supplied with some measure of determination, whether one, thus fanctified in the estimation of his countrymen,
· thus affuming the dignified office of a religious censor in society, — be indeed entitled to this large tribute of admiration, and illuminated with that knowledge of his subject, which has a claim to ensure his precepts a reverend acceptance with his disciples. That reasonable poftulatum too, I apprehend, is no less pertinent to the subject of Christianity, than to topics of philology and taste; founded on a requisite alliance between magisterial animada version and personal accomplishment;
Let such teach others, who themselves excell;
It was my primary intention to examine your publication in detail; but this object I