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Truth. If we read his most true, impassioned, and impressive estimate of the World and of Religion, we shall think it impossible that he was uninfluenced by his subject. It is, however, a melancholy fact, that he was hunting after preferment at eighty years old; and felt and spoke like a disappointed man. The truth was pictured on his mind in most vivid colours. He felt it, while he was writing. He felt himself on a retired spot; and he saw Death, the mighty Hunter, pursuing the unthinking world. He saw Redemption-its necessity and its grandeur; and, while he looked on it, he spoke as a man would speak whose mind and heart are deeply engaged. Notwithstanding all this, the view did not reach his heart. Had I preached in bis pulpit with the fervour and interest that his Night Thoughts” discover, he would have been terrified. He told a friend of mine, who went to him under religious fears, that he must GO MORE INTO THE WORLD!
I Am an entire disciple of Butler. He calls his book “ Analogy;" but the great subject, from beginning to end, is HUMAN IGNORANCE. Berkeley has done much to reduce man to a right view of his' attainments in real knowledge; but he goes too far: he requires a demonstration of self-evident truths: he requires me to demonstrate that that table is before me. Beattie has well replied to this error, in his “ Immutability of Truth;” though it pleased Mr. Hume to call that book—“ Philosophy for the Ladies.”
Metaphysicians seem born to puzzle and confound mankind. I am surprized to hear men talk of their having demonstrated such and such points. Even Andrew Baxter, one of the best of these metaphysicians, though he reasons and speculates well, has not demonstrated to my mind one single point by his reasonings. They know