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AN

ESSA Y

CONCERNING

HUMAN UNDERSTANDING.

WRITTEN

BY JOHN LOCKE, GENT.

THE TWENTY-THIRD EDITION.

TO WHICH ARE NOW ADDED,

1. Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas, on a large Sheet.
II. A Defence of Mr. Locke's Opinion concerning Personal Identity,

with an Appendix.
III. A Treatise on the Conduct of the Understanding.
IV. Some Thoughts concerning Reading and Study for a Gentleman

V. Elements of Natural Philosophy.
VI. A New Method of a Common-Place-Book.

EXTRACTED FROM THE AUTHOR'S WORKS.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

London :

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON, W. LOWNDES, DARTON AND

CO. G. WILKIE, J. OTRIDGE, J. RICHARDSON, LAW AND
WHITTAKER, LONGMAN AND

CADELL AND DAVIES, J.
MAWMAN, LACKINGTON AND CO. BALDWIN AND CO. R. S. KIRBY,
T. HUGHES, R. HUNTER, R. FENNER, AND T. AND J, ALLMAN.

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TO THE

RIGIIT HONOURABLE

T H O M A S,

EARL OF PEMBROKE AND MONTGOMERY,

Baron Herbert of Cardiff, Lord Ross of Kendal, Par,

Fitzhugh, Marmion, St. Quintin, and Shurland; Lord President of his Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, and Lord Lieutenant of the County of Wilts, and of South-Wales,

MY LORD

your

THIS Treatise, which is grown up under lordship's eye, and has ventured into the world by your order, does now, by a natural kind of of right, come to your lordship for that protection, which you several years since promised it. It is not that I think any name, how great soever, set 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 desired for truth, than a fair unprejudiced 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 recesses. Your lordship is known to have so far advanced your speculations in the most abstract and general knowledge of things, beyond the or

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