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has given so convincing a proof of its utility ?
Besides, your application to me
is little fufpicious ; and looks as if you wanted to draw from me a confirmation of your own sentiments, rather than a candid examination of them. For how was it possible for "you not to foresee the difficulty I must be under in debating this point with you? When have I been able to diffent from you in any question of morals or policy? and especially what chance for my doing it in this instance, when
know the bias which my own education, conducted in this way, must have left upon me?
I AM therefore at a loss, as I said, to account for your fancy in making me of your council on this occasion. But whatever your purpose might be, since you have thought fit to honour me so far, I must own your Letter of Inquiry could
not poslībly have found me in a fitter season.
I HAPPENED just then to amuse myself with recollecting a conversation, which, not many days before, had passed between me and a certain Philosopher of great note, on that very subject.
You know the esteem I have of this Philosopher; I mean, for such of his writings, as are most popular, and deserve to be so; such as his pieces on Government, Trade, Liberty, and Education. No man understands the world better; or reasons more clearly on those subjects, in which that world takes itself to be most of all, and is, in truth, very nearly concerned.
His Philosophy, properly so called, is not, I doubt, of so good a taste. At least, his notion of morals is too modern for my relish : I had put myself to school