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Relation both to Philosophy and Scriptur

BY SAMUEL DREW, ( a si

AN ESSAY ON THE IMMATERIALITY AND IMMORTALIT

OF THE HUMAN SOUL.

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WHEN a Book on an abstruse and important subject is offered to the world, the situation of its Author, if in humble life, rarely fails to excite attention. Under these circumstances, it is much easier for him to awaken curiosity, than to gratify it. But it is always in his power to satisfy the reasonable inquiries of those, who feel solicitous to know something of the person who thus pub. licly introduces himself to their notice.

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Curiosity is natural to the mind of man ; and, when confined within proper limits, it has a bene- . ficial tendency. It seeks, indeed, for gratification from various quarters; but it is not very fastidious whence or how it is obtained. It generally fixes upon extremes ; upon the great, and upon the little ;-and, as it respects authors, upon the giants, and upon the dwarfs in literary pretensions. On these accounts, it is not necessarily a flattering compliment to become an object of its pursuit.

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