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is? Alas, Sir, proof of the contrary is staring you “ in the face. Sir, have you not heard of Mr Hone “ and his blasphemy? Sir, have you not heard of “ Mr Wright of Liverpool, and his blasphemy? Mr

Wright—a divine, whose blasphemy is, if I mistake not, pretty exactly of the same stamp with your own piety and that of Dr Belsham?

“ Know you not that by the piety of common law, every scribbler,—with or without a name, “ with a true name; or with a false one,—whose “ scribble it has pleased, or shall please, King, Lords, “ and Commons, to put into a book, called the Li

turgy, is to the purpose in question, put upon a “ level with God? his scribble with the work of

God,-and, as in the course of this present work “ of mine you may see demonstrated, employed as an

improved substitute to that same holy word ? “ Know you not how, within these few months, being

duly put in motion, by fees supplied by a pious Cabinet, the piety of common law did actually speak to this effect by the mouth of a pre-emi

nently learned person, whose learning was so lately “ and effectually covered with shame by the igno“rance of Mr Hone?

“ Know you not that the piety of common law has a maxim of its own, by force and virtue of which, “ under the name of blasphemers, or any other name, “ it can at any time grind to powder all such chris“ tians as yourself, as well as all other persons,

who “ have or profess to have a religion of their own in

any shape? Know you not that, according to the “ tenor of this maxim, Christianity is part and

parcel of the law of England ? that anything and ' everything, which it shall please the piety of this

or that bench to call christianity will thereby be “ so ? that everything that it shall please that same

piety to call an offence against the said christianity “ will thereby be so, and the offender liable to be

visited, as the phrase is, with any or all such instru“ments of destruction as the hand of precedent has “ now presented to the piety of that same pre-eminently learned bench?

“Know you not, Sir, that,-besides all purposes “ such as the one in question, -the piety and wisdom

of common law,—not to speak of other branches,“ has, in its penal branch, an assortment of phrases

applicable to all imaginable purposes? phrases co

vering, when taken together, the field of law in its “ whole extent ? (Contra bonos mores-Conspiracy, Libel, &c.-. I have somewhere got a list or the “ commencement of a list of them).-Know you not,

Sir, in a word, that wheresoever common law reigns, securitywhether it be for life, liberty, property,

or anything else—is an empty name? Shew me, “ Sir, if you can find one, that proposition in Euclid “ which is more uncontrovertibly demonstrated than ' is this one, melancholy as it is, in my

letter to the “ people of the American United States, published “ in my late work, intituled Papers on Codification, “ &c.—I wish it were in my power to give you any “ better authority: I mean in black and white.

But, now and then it may happen to you, in the

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House, to find yourself within a whisper of Sir “ Samuel Romilly. On any such opportunity, ask “ him whether, in the picture above drawn of the goddess of so many idolatries, there be any con“ siderable overcharge: and, if for answer you “ should receive nothing but a sigh or something “ equivalent, you will not be at much loss to know “ what to conclude.

I am, my dear Sir,
“ Yours very thankfully,

“ J. B."

“ P.S. On the subject of blasphemy,--in the overgrown volume, to which in thus writing to

you I am writing a last preface,-in this vo“ lume, pages from 225 to 230, you may see how “ perfect the agreement is between your notions " and mine. Judge from hence of the pride and

pleasure which that part of your letter afforded " to me.

“ You will not see this my second letter till after “ it is made public. You shall not have been party “ or privy to any of my enormities."

The following Table of Errata, the number of which cannot but be matter of

regret, has been occasioned by a weakness in the author's eyes, coupled with his distance from the press : occasion has been taken to intersperse a few amend

ments.

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PREFACE; INCLUDING PLAN

OF THE WORK. Page xxvi, 1. 11, for injustice put injec

tion. xli, add reference to Appendix, pp.

169 to 172. * Note in p. lii, being the last of the Preface, of no more than those Nos. of the Appendix, is any mention made.

INTRODUCTION.
Page

3, 1. 2, for would put could.
11, 1. 12, dele the ?
11, 1. ll, after would insert be.
16, 1. 9, for ment put meat.
31, 1. the last, add inverted com.

put 2.

mas.

22, 1. 21, for Our put One. 25, 1. 19, after saints? put to. 26, 1. 19, for Howell put Howley, 26, 1, 22, after St. dele W. 27,1. 11, dele do. 28, 1, 3 from the bottom, dele on. 41, 1. 17, for some put none. 56, 1. 4, for least put last. 61, 1.4, after performed: a put

corporeal. 70, 1. 21, for source put sense. 81,1. 24, after spirit dele and. 87. 1. last but one, dele for. 88, 1. 19, after England put as. 89, 1. 1. dele rather, 92, 1. 29, for to put against. 92, 1. 30, for son put sons. 92, 1. 30, after charge put be

made. 95, 1. 29, after this, for as put or. 98, 1. 3, before the put in. 98, 1. 5, for mere put not. 98, 1. 10, dele is. 107, 1. 4, for so far as concerns

put bereft.

32, 1. 19, for these put those.
37, 1. 16, for same put whole.
61, 1. 14, after civilized insert a

comma.
94, 1. 13, for tract put track.
94, 1. 19, for preservation put

preservative, 99, 1. 20, for announced put re

nounced. 107, 1. 4, for on put in 111, 1. 19, after meetings insert 2. 119, 1, 2, after Of insert not. 123, 1. 6, for same put one. 128, 1. 5, before come put Resolu

tions. 132, 1. 10, for 59 put 89, 135, 1. 10, dele one. 135, 1. 11, after half insert a. 152, I. 22, for these put those. 154, 1. 20, after not insert but. 162, 1. 3, for tokens put indica.

tions. 167, 1. 19, for principle put prin.

ciples. 170, 1. 15, for Proteus read Ran.

dolph. 201, 1. 7, for places read place. 210, 1. last, after in insert the. 515, 1. 14, for all put at. 215, 1. 29, after wanting put :

after and put, 215, 1. 30, after 1812 dele : and. 215, 1. 31, dele for this purpose. 130, 1. 21, for sure put since.

107, 1. 19, after Catechism dele

the full point. 108, 1. 12, for “the follower of

put the storehouse

of."

108, 1. 18, for those put these. 115, 1. 17, for this put the. 120, 1. 23, for inobnoxious put un.

obnoxious. 126, 1. 8, dele then. 132, 1. 6, before Of put 2. 132, 1. 10, dele made. 132, 1. 13, after rulers insert--are. 132, 1. 20, after continue insert

them. 132, 1.3, from the bottom, for these

put those.

134, l. 25, for composition put

printen letter.

Page 136, 1. 14, after inficted, begin a

fresh paragraph, and before that insert

But. 138, 1, 2 from the bottom, after

but dele as. 140, 1. 15, after Edifices ? dele It

is, and after as insert she, now-and after

it insert a comma. 147, 1. 16, after which insert these,

and in line 17, dele

own.

153, 1, 13, dele it. 153, 1. 16, after pen,-insert it, 157,1, 27, after abstained insert

as he did, 161, 1. 26, after riches dele opu

lence. 166, 1. 2, for on put no. 171, 1, 18, dele alone. 171, 1. 30, after by insert these. 174, 1. 10, for which put whose. 196, 1. 6, for these put those. 213, 1. 11, for that put this, 230 in the number of the page, for

30 put 230. 241, 1.3, for prudence put provi

dence. 241, 1. 29, for the semicolon put a

Page 267, 1. 16, for bear put bears.

270, 1. 14, for leave put have.
280, 1. 7, for high-rated put high-

seated.
280, 1. 27, after reward put a full

stop. 280, 1. last, and p. 281, l. 1, for

destructive put ob

structive. 282, 1. 3. before not insert but, 287, 1, 5, after rendered insert ;

and. 296, 1. 11, after hand insert to

hand. 296, 1. 16, for stout put strict, 302, l. 19, for hand put head. 303, 1. 6, for body put duty. 303, 1. 26, dele be. 307, 1. 17, for 10,0001. put 1,0001. 310, 1. 31, for large put largest. 339, 1. 19, for became put because. 363, l. 22, dele lo. 385, 1. 4, for twenty-five put

twenty-six. 381, I. 22, for profits out of put

profits, from. 392, 1. 2 from the bottom, for or

that put in that. 409, I. 3 from botlom, for came

put come, 410, 1. 4, for cause" in put cause':

in 416, 1. 25, dele himself. 423, 1. 6, after would insert nol. 433, 1. 8, before taxes insert the. 433, I. 2, after general insert :

imposed. 433, 1. 27, after year, dele the

line and insert it

after time. 438, 1, 15, after pretended benefit

insert to.

comma.

247, 1. 7, for nolion put notice. 248, 1, 13, for of pui if. 249, 1. 6, for Procetors put Præ.

certors. 250, 1, 3 from bottom for hath put

have, 250, 1, 3 from bottom for dcsisted

put desisted. 256, 1. 20, for ils put their. 259, 1, 2, for eye put eyes. 260, 1. 23, dele money.

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