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[Footnote 149:  View of the Deistical Writers, Letter V. p. 32, &c., and Letter VI. p. 43, &c.]

[Footnote 150:  The Rev. W.M.  Hatch.  See his dedication.]

[Footnote 151:  See Warburton’s Letters to Hurd, Letter XVIII.  January 30, 1749-50.]

[Footnote 152:  See Warburton’s Dedication of the Divine Legation of Moses to the Freethinkers.  Jeffery, another contemporary, writes to the same effect.]

[Footnote 153:  Sensus Communis (on the Freedom of Wit and Humour), Sec. 4.]

[Footnote 154:  Hoadly in one sense may be regarded as a ‘Freethinker’ himself; but it was the very fact that he was so which made him resent Collins’s perversion of the term.  The first of his ’Queries to the Author of a Discourse of Freethinking’ is ’Whether that can be justly called Freethinking which is manifestly thinking with the utmost slavery; and with the strongest prejudices against every branch, and the very foundation of all religion?’—­Hoadly’s Works, vol. i.]

[Footnote 155:  ’Conybeare, dessen Vertheidigung der geoffenbarten Religion die gediegenste Gegenschrift ist, die gegen Tindal erschien.  Es ist eine logische Klarheit, eine Einfachheit der Darstellung, eine ueberzeugende Kraft der Beweisfuehrung, ein einleuchtender Zusammenhang des Ganzen verbunden mit wuerdiger Haltung der Polemik, philosophischer Bildung und freier Liberalitaet des Standpunkts in diesem Buch, vermoege welcher es als meisterhaft anerkannt werden muss.’—­Lechler’s Geschichte des Englischen Deismus, p. 362.  Warburton calls Conybeare’s one of the best reasoned books in the world.]

[Footnote 156:  See Watson’s Life of Warburton, p. 293.]

[Footnote 157:  Ibid. iii. 133, 190, 201, 261.]

[Footnote 158:  Enquiry into the Ground and Foundation of the Christian Religion, p. 59.]

[Footnote 159:  See Enquiry concerning Redemption.]

[Footnote 160:  See his Discourse concerning Reason, p. 23, and his Reflections upon the comparative excellence and usefulness of Moral and Positive Duties, p. 27, &c.]

[Footnote 161:  His letters on the ‘Study of History’ contain the same principles.]

[Footnote 162:  Pattison’s ’Tendencies of Religious Thought in England, 1688-1750,’ in Essays and Reviews.]

[Footnote 163:  ’There is a book called The Moral Philosopher lately published.  Is it looked into?  I should hope not, merely for the sake of the taste, the sense, and learning of the present age....  I hope nobody will be so indiscreet as to take notice publicly of the book, though it be only in the fag end of an objection.—­It is that indiscreet conduct in our defenders of religion that conveys so many worthless books from hand to hand.’—­Letter to Mr. Birch in 1737.  In Nichols’ Literary Illustrations of the Eighteenth Century, ii. 70.]

[Footnote 164:  See Charles Churchill’s lines on Warburton in The Duellist.  After much foul abuse, he thus describes The Divine Legation:—­

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