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His Birth, xxvii.-Character of his father, ibid, et xxviii.-Letter on the Death of his
younger Brother, xxviii.-Tuition under his Father, ibid.—Is placed at Maidstone
Family, ibid.—Letters, xxviii, cxxvii, et seq.- Account of his Writings, viz. Consi-
Cautions to the Readers of Mr. Law (and of Baron Swedenborg)
TO THE SECOND EDITION OF
LIFE OF DR. HORNE, &c.
In publishing the Memoirs of the Life of Dr. Horne, my intention was only to give a true idea of that good man, as it presented itself to my memory and affections, and to produce an edifying book, rather than a formal history. I flatter myself it has done some good; and I hope it may do more. If any offence has been given, I can only say it was no part of my plan: but it is a common fault with plain Christians, who know little of the world, to tell more truth than is wanted; and they have nothing left but a good conscience, to support them under the mistake.
Some few exceptions have been made to the performance by little cavillers, which are not worth mentioning: but I brought myself into the most serious difficulty of all, by representing bishop Horne as a Hutchinsonian; which thing, it seems, ought not to have been done; as it was strongly suggested to me, from the late learned Dr. Farmer, while my work was in hand. On this matter I beg leave to explain myself a little. I never said, nor did I ever think, that Bishop Horne owed every thing to Hutchinson, or was his implicit follower. I knew the contrary; but this I will say, because I know it to be true, that he owed to him the beginning of his extensive knowledge; for such a beginning as he made placed him on a new spot of high ground; from which he took all his prospects of religion and learning; and saw that whole road lying before him, which he