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more to my purpose, living high, and an extraordinary of ten years-160.
Club of enlightened Philosophers. Host. O enlightened, may it please your wors ships, to repair and set free an enlightened father in God, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, who, by large strides of refinement in our en, lightened professions, have arrived to the fummit of our new philosophy, rolling and tumbling, if he was not borne down with unwieldiness, through an enormous quantity of fat, thac wallops and hangs about him like a farmer's swine, ready to receive the knife for being dressed into bacon, O the prodigy !
Club. What is it you would wish to improve yourself and bishop, touching the faculties?
Hoff. To set us free; me from the dread I am frightened with, and him a farm of different animals and different titles, received for strength and pleasure, but not having the necessary evacuations, he is pent up, stuffed and gorged, so that with his finger he paddles with che glue filled up to his throat, his belly resembles a mountain, and the various hillocks, with an ugly navel, which terrifies me, with many other phenomenons, threatening immediate dissolution to the sian, and injury to my house, with inevitable ruin to myself and family
Club. The enlightened medicine is to remove him hap-hazard at a venture, your countenance
feems to indicate the harbinger of loop-hole for letting forth his wind.
Hoft. As other physicians, you misconceive the cause. It proceeds from an incurring, incloistered number of various voracious animals, too tedious, no time permitting to be
Club. How ftands his Eminence's purse? our family being materialists pay great defe rence to the philosopher's stone, being the chief principle and fundamental ground of our new philofophy:
Hoft. I am in raptures to hear that the new philosophy of this enlightened age and hemisphere takes its source and is a refinement on Calvinism.
Club. Calvinism confifts in chitter chatter,
Hoft. You are really the fool who cries no God, an old sect called Sadducees, among the Jews, or materialift among the christians, which defeats the term of enlightened age or new philofophy, being nothing but an old condemned heresy, hateful to God, vain-glorying in every debauchery and base action. You may debauch a fool with your vagabond lives, but never a man of honour, who will weep at the pitiful littleness of your conceptions and luft, which induces you, like a man drowning, catching at a shadow, to assist him in his with. You N 4
have neither honour nor resolution to be honest; you therefore wish to persuade yourselves that you have no being superior to a bealt, and this, to get rid of the iting of conscience. Your origin began with Lucifer, nothing less would content that patriarch or first archetype, that original heretic, no:hing less but to be God would limit his pride. From this cause we may compute the fall of man; so that you are nonsuited, in every sense of the word, in your first and prime thought. That the wisdom of this age had enlightened the northern hemisphere with this extraordinary phenomenon or New Day. Fiddle de dee.
Club. What you charge our enlightened philosophy of this bright and enlightened age, whose members are arrived in knowledge to the source and origin or pristine or first conception or cause from whence man derived form and received his being, is a sneer, contrivance, artful, cunning, flight, or Aight of a presbyterian or vague Calvinistical affertion. They would be happy to allow them a fpirit, the maggot of a weak, distempered brain, which beguiles animals not properly formed. Our grand philosophy takes its origin or first principle from the texture, Purity and quantity of brains we are possessed or endowed with, according to weight and measure, in a due course of Logarithm progression. The brain, -therefore, being the origin or principle from which issues whạc che ancients termed the faculties of the foul, will, memory, and understanding, immortal spiritual substance, not dependent on
the body, but gives life and animates the body or material part of man.
of man. By our enlightened age and new philosophy, has detected, by the fuperiority of our understanding, this folly, error, weakness, and base ignorance of man from their origin, or first state, which they count or reckon to be five thousand seven hundred years before our enlightened and wife Luminary the Fiftyeighth Century. This is a bright day, when the fun shines at noon-day. O the meridian of man, the zenith of wisdom. Brain comforts terrestrial. Man resigns celestial.
Hoft. How haps it that this delirium has feized your intellects ? I perceive we are one. If
you will restore the spirit, you will chen add fevenfold to your comforts, spiritualizing the works of the flesh.
If the brain be the God of Life and Wisdom, and no other, to each creature chat poffesses Brains ; if this be fo, now is it that a parrot, whose head, according to the rules of proportion, and quantum of this wife pafte, or thick mixture of solid and fluid matter, whose head is nearly, when master has laid by his plumage, equal in weight and measure to his body, not transmitted to future generations, from father to fon, and so on, at least, some footsteps of the great fears and heroic pallages of their times, in imitation of man, who, according to the aforesaid rules laid down by our new philosophers, no way can be allowed. rivals or com. petitors in weight or measure, or quantum of Brains, in a due scale of proportion, or itand w
in the lowest degree claimants with this royal bird to LATRIA ?
Club. You seem to ufe reason in your argument, and would be of weight, did the brightness and strength of our philosophy depend sole. ly on weight, measure, and quantum of brains. But there is a great degree of force to be granted to the state and degree of mixture and refintment of the paste or matter to this fource or first mover of wisdom. The faculty heretofore thought a soul is formed. The reason we af. fume, to get rid of this difficulty, is, the textture, quality, and firmness of man's nature might be the cause of this superior degree of knowledge in him preferable to every other animal. For ic is 100 glaring to deny that some little and most frequent headed men, with very large bodies, have more understanding than little bodies with great heads. Some say, there may be more brains and better compacted in a Imail head than within a great skull. But this is not proved, and the dignity of philosophy is to alfirm nothing but what is proved by a mathematical demonstration, as a 'philosopher fhould glory in truth.
Hoft. If we refer to reason and truth, the two grand bafes and pillars of sound philofophy, we shall defeat your new, or rather old, exploded twofold heresy; philosophical and religious being opposite to truth and order. Other animals are equal in their creation with man, and yet, for near fix-thousand years, cannot be produced one single instance above their natus ral or general inftitit, unless-fome änticks or