Thoughts in Theology
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Answer From Lord Brougham To The Foregoing Published "Letter." Nov. 12th, 1840. "Lord Brougham desires to return his thanks to the author of the letter published by Nisbet & Co., and to assure him that he feels the kindness of it very much. He begs him to accept a copy of the two last volumes of Paley--which, it should seem, had not yet fallen in his way. Lord Brougham wishes to direct the author's attention to the argument derived from the Researches in Fossil Osteology; and which does not generally appear to have been sufficiently impressed upon readers of theological works. He knows from direct communication with many persons, that this argument has a very powerful effect in removing doubts, and he is only sorry that it is not urged in the work now sent, with the force which he believes abler hands might give it. With this view he recommends it to the able and zealous author of the letter; and also because he may have the means of inculcating that argument under a name not mixed up with political party controversy. When Ld. B., * with Sir C. Bell, undertook the publication of the Paley, it was only after in vain endeavouring to prevail on the Society they were connected with to do so. This would have prevented the necessity of individual names appearing with the work. As the Society (from its constitution) could not undertake it, the names of authors became indispensable, but Ld. B. now feels convinced, that * The abbreviations in the original are followed, to make the transcript quite exact. although in one respect the circulation of such works may gain (indeed, if anonymous, they could hardly have been circulated at all, ) yet their beneficial tendency in many quarters is obstructed by party and personal considerations. The author of the letter, however, may very possib...
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