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THE

WORKS

OF THE

RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD

JOSEPH BUTLER, D.C.L. ·

LATE

LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.

Ejus (Analogiæ] hæc vis est, ut id quod dubium est ad aliquid simile, de quo

non quæritur, referat; ut incerta certis probet. Quintil. l. i. c. 6.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

A PREFACE,

GIVING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE CHARACTER AND WRITINGS OF

THE AUTHOR,

BY SAMUEL HALIFAX, D.D.

LATE LORD BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

OXFORD,

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.

MDCCCXX.

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THE

PREFACE

THOUGH it is scarce possible to avoid judging, in some way or other, of almost every thing which offers itself to one's thoughts ; yet it is certain, that many persons, from different causes, never exercise their judgment, upon what comes before them, in the

way

of determining whether it be conclusive, and holds. They are perhaps entertained with some things, not so with others; they like, and they dislike : but whether that which is

proposed to be made out be really made out or not; whether a matter be stated according to the real truth of the case, seems to the generality of people merely a circumstance of no confideration at all. Arguments are often wanted for some accidental purpose : but proof as such is what they never want for themselves; for their own fatisfaction of mind, or conduct in life. Not to mention the multitudes who read merely for the sake of

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talking,

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