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4. The clearest Idea of active Power had from Spirit.
pursue them not; but a great Uneasiness is never
50. A constant Determination to a Pursuit of Happiness
no Abridgment of Liberty.
tion of all Liberty.
fires, arising from wrong Judgment.
part of their Happiness.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
Τ Η Η Ο
M A AS,
EARL OF PEMBROKE AND MONTGOMERY,
Baron HERBERT of Cardiff, Lord Ross of Kendal, Par,
Fitzhugh, Marmion, St. Quintin, and Shurland; Lord President of his Majelty's most honourable Privy Council, and Lord Lieutenant of the County of Wilts and of South Wales.
'HIS treatise, which is grown up under your Lord
Ship’s eye, and has ventured into the world by your order, does now, by a natural kind of right, come to your Lordship for that protection which you several years fince promised it. It is not that I think any name, how great foever, fet at the beginning of a book, will be able to cover the faults that are to be found in it; things in print must stand and fall by their own worth, or the reader's fancy; but there being nothing more to be defired for truth than a fair unprejudised hearing, nobody is more likely to procure me that than your Lordship, who are allowed to have got so intimate an acquaintance with her in her more retired receffes. Your Lordship is known to have so far advanced your speculations in the most abstract and general knowledge of things beyond the ordinary reach or common methods, that your allowance and approbation of the design of this treatise will at least preserve it from being condemned without reading, and will prevail to have those parts a little weighed, which might otherwise, perhaps, be thought to deserve no consideration, for being somewhat out of the common road. The imputation of novelty
is a terrible charge amongst those who judge of mens heads, as they do of their perukes, by the fashion, and can allow none to be right but the received doctrines. Truth scarce ever yet carried it by vote anywhere at its first appearance : New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason, but because they are not already common : But truth, like gold, is not the less so for being newly brought out of the mine; it is trial and examination must give it price, and not any antique fashion ; and though it be not yet current by the public stamp, yet it may for all that be as old as nature, and is certainly not the less genuine. Your Lordfhip can give great and convincing instances of this, whenever you please to oblige the public with some of those large and comprehensive discoveries you have made of truths hitherto unknown, unless to some few, to whom your Lordship has been pleased not wholly to conceal them. This alone were a fufficient reason, were there no other, why I should dedicate this Effay to your Lordship ; and its having some little correspondence with some parts of that nobler and vast system of the sciences your Lordship has made so new, exact, and instructive a draught of, I think it glory enough, if your Lordship permit me to boast, that here and there I have fallen into some thoughts not wholly different from yours. If your Lordship think fit, that, by your encouragement, this should appear in the world, I hope it may be a reason, some time or other, to lead your Lordship farther; and you will allow me to say, that you here give the world an earnest of something that, if they can bear with this, will be truly worth their expectation. This, my Lord, shows what a present I here make to your Lordfhip, just such as the poor man does to his rich and great neighbour, by whom the basket of flowers or fruit is not ill taken, though he has more plenty of his own growth, and in much greater perfection.' Worthless things receive a value when they are made the offerings of respect, esteem, and gratitude. These you have given me lo mighty and peculiar reasons to have in the highest degree for your Lordship, that