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“ could possibly have to say for them- LeT. “ felves.” To convert my suppofi- I. tion into matter of fact, he opens his Apology with a kind of funeral oration, moft folemnly pronounced over Christianity as a breathless corpse, about to be for ever interred in the grave of Mr. H.
« David Hume is dead! Never " were the pillars of Orthodoxy fo " defperately fhaken, as they are now “ by that event!” And at P. 9. he speaks of " the particular circum“ stances of this event" as “ increaf“ing the aggregate of our consterna- tion!”
Here, the distempered imagination of the Apologist sees Mr. H. like an: other Sainson, bowing himself with all his might between the pillars, and Naying more at his death, than all
I, ET. that he New in his life. He sees the 1. believing world aghast, the church
tottering from it's foundations, and Christians assembling in an upper chamber, with the doors Shut, for fear of the philosophers. What may be the state of religion upon earth, before the end shall come, we cannot tell. We have reason to think it will be very bad. But let us hope, notwithstanding all which has happened in Scotland, that the Gospel will last our time.
Thus again I scrupled not to afsert, that the end proposed in giving an account of Mr. H- 's life and death was, to recommend his scepti. cal and atheistical notions. Dr. Smith indeed was wary and modest. He gave us a detail of circumstances, and then only added, that, " as to his philoso
« phy, men would entertain various LET. " opinions, but, to be sure, all must “ allow his conduct was unexception- able,” &c. But the Apologist has blurted it all out at once. — David Hume's life was right, and therefore his system cannot be wrong. My friend Dr. Smith will take him to task for this, as sure as he is alive.
And now for another piece of complaisance on my fide — P. 9. He “ wishes only out of curiosity, to " know the unaffected state of our “ feelings,” on perusing the account given by Dr. Smith — As if I had been privy to his thoughts, the wish was no sooner formed, than gratified by my Letter, which communicated to him and to the public the State of our feelings, and in a manner, I do assure him, perfectly unaffected. But
Let. it is a difficult matter to please him; 1. for now he hath feen me, be doth not
At the close of his Address, he tells me, that " after accurately examin“ ing my Letter, and carefully re. “ considering the whole subject of " the preceding Apology in confe" quence of it, he sees no occasion " to alter a single sentence.” Let us therefore take a view of the Apology, which is pronounced to be unaffected by it.
P. II. " It is less the design of " these papers to defend H-'s prin. “ciples, than to shew, upon the best “ authority, that he was earnest in “what he wrote; and that, through “every part of his life, even to the “ very moment of his death, he made “ precept and praktice go hand in hand “ together."
· But, But, surely, if the principles are let. not to be defended; if they are, as they , I.. have been represented, sceptical and atheistical; does the man, who propagated them during his life, and took the requisite measures that they should be propagated after his death-does such a man deserve commendation, because he was in earnest ? An Apology of this kind may be offered in behalf of every felon executed at Tyburn, provided only that by dying hard, he make precept and practice go hand in hand together. And the A. very judiciously observes as much.