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In the course of this work, I intend to make Toleration a citizen of the world, instead ofconfining it to one kingdom or province. I am not an able, neither am I a partial advocate. I plead for the Protestant in France, and for the Jew in Lisbon, a$ well as for the Catholic in Ireland. In future ages should fanaticism attempt to re-establish her destructive empire, and, crying out with the frantic queen, *' exo"riarealiquis exoffibus nostris," summon the furies to spring from her embers, which 1 attempt to disperse and deprive of their noxious heat, let this votive offering, hung up in the temple of the Order of the Monks of St. Patrick, announce to posterity, that in seventeen hundred and eighty one, the liberal-minded of all denominations in Ireland, were reconciled, maugre the odious distinctions whichthe laws uphold, and that those very laws, enacted before we were born, but not the dispositions of the people, are the only sources of our misfortunes.

Whatever tends to promote the public good, is a tribute due from an adopted brother, to great and illustrious characters,

fers, whose refined feelings can only be
equalled by the culture of their minds:
Who have transplanted to the Irish nur-
sery the flowers of Rome and Athens:
Who in their writings and speeches, have
displayed to Europe the scene of elo-
quence, diversified with the fire of De-
mosthenes and the majesty of Tully, and
wrested their thunderbolts from those ora-
tors, in order to assert what they deemed
the rights of mankind, to crush the false
divinities that should attempt to erect
their altars on their ruins.

I have the honour to be,
Reverend fathers, and
Illustrious brethren,
Your affectionate brother,

Dublin, July 15,

ARTHUR CLEARY.

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DEFENCE

OF THE

DIVINITY Of CHRIST,

AND THE

IMMORTALITY Of The SOUL,

IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,

To The AUTHOR Of A WORK

ENTITLED

Thoughts on Nature and Religion*

Publijbedal Cork, in the Tear M,dcc,lxxvi.

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DEFENCE, &c.

LETTER I.

TO THE AUTHOR.*

.S I R, .*

XOUR long-expected performance has at last made its appearance. If the work tended to promote the happiness of society,—to animate our hopes,—to subdue our passions,—to instruct man in the happy science of purifying the poHuted recesses of a vitiated heart,—to confirm him in his exalted notion of the dignity of his nature, and thereby to inspire him with sentiments averse to whatever may debase the excellence of his origin,—the public would be indebted to you; your name would be recorded amongst the assertors of morality and religion; and I myself though bred up in a different persuasion from jours, would be the first B 2 to

• A Scotch physician, who styles himself MichaelServetus.

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