A Letter to William Wilberforce, Esquire on the Subject of His Late Publication
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ... SIR! THE privilege, which you have claimed and employed, of addressing " the higher u and middle classes of this country" on the religious system "of professed Christians, "contrasted with real Christianity," cannot be grudged with consistency, in application to yourself, from one, according to the vulgar acceptation of those words, neither in the high nor middle class, but in the very lowest order of the community, in which we live. Your attention to religious subjects, in the midst of a corrupt and faithless generation, is regarded with more honour and approbation by none of your warmest friends than by your opponent: nor, I believe, have your thoughts, since we were contemporaries once B at at Cambridge, and before that period, been more intensely occupied in the same speculations and pursuits, than mine. Our conclusions, however, from these diligent researches prove not only different, but in many points totally contradictory: yet, (for I am disposed to pay no futile compliments and to sacrifice no self-applause, at the expence of conviction and sincerity, though ready to concede in your favour all that can possibly be true) I presume your purposes and affections to have been equally pure, equally zealous, and equally dispassionate, with my own. Perhaps, in consequence of your elaborate publication, which, from the peculiar situation and character of it's author, is likely to engage a considerable portion of popular attention, it may be a circumstance not altogether unimportant to some of our fellowcitizens, nor absolutely unworthy of your own regard, to contemplate some prominent particulars of our disagreement, and the grounds on which we differ. But, Sir! my leading motive to this public and free address had it's origin in that...
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