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L ET TER
To the AUTHOR of the
OF THE GROUNDS and REASONS
OF T HE
In ANSWER to
. .. With a
If my (novel] Sense of the Prophesy [Behold a Virgin shall con
ceive, &c.] will not serve, some other Sense may in Time be · found out.
Green's Letters, p. 85. Thou maylt be sure it is true, tho there should be ten thousand Dit culties objected to thee, which thou art not able to answer.
LOBB's Brief Defence, p. 97.
o g HE Delay of the Publication of
the following Letter, &c. gives me
an Opportunity to add something N G in this place on Occasion of a new Book of Mr. GREEN’, intitled, A Discourse proving the Resurrection of Christ, and jewing that it is a sufficient Demonstration of the Truth of Christianity.
I. Mr. GREEN, after observing that the (a) Reader will find a Reflection or two on some Passages in a Discourse of the Grounds, &c. adds, that his taking Notice of this Book, after having lately made fome Remarks upon it in five Letters to the Author, does not proceed from any Disrespect to that Gentleman, but a Regard to Truth. And therefore, having been told that I (6) inhnuate, says Mr. GREEN, that the faid Author is an Enemy to natural Religion, I freely own, that had i been sensible, that my Words would have borne fuchConstruction, I should have expressed myself in a different Manner,
(6) Letters, p. 26.
Upon which I think it proper to make the following Observations.
1. Writing against a Book, we conceive erroneous, is so reasonable a Thing, has so direct a Tendency to the Information of Men, and is also so kind, civil, and humane in itfelf, (as implying Good-will to the Author of the Book and to all the World,) that to make an Apology for such Writing, as not proceeding from Disrespect to the Author, is either charging others with being ridiculously offended, or supposes some disrespectful Design or Conduct, which needs an Assurance in Words, that no DisrespeEt was intended, in order to qualify what would probably be deem'd disrespectful. But however This be, Mr. Green had no Need to make any Apology on Account of the Author he opposes ; that Author being, I am perswaded, not in the least concern’d about any Difrespeet Thewn him, who could not publish such a Work, as he has done, without supposing and despising Disrespekt ; which I own I am surprized to find injures not him in the World's Opinion, but only those, who use it, insomuch, that for their own Sakes they are forced to make Apologies. .
2. Professions (and even the most folemn Afleverations) are of no. Weight, when Men are under Accusations of Guilt; and Men are to be tried by the Facts, upon which the Accusations are grounded, and not by Professions subsequent to those Accusations. Is there any Difficulty in supposing, that a Man,