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JOS. PRIESTLEY, L.L.D.F.R.S. THE LIFE

Publifbed by Wilkes, Grafton & Co.: Birm."

JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, LL. D. F. R. S.

&c. &c.

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« Philosophy baptiz'd
In the pure fountain of eternal love
Has eyes indeed ; and viewing what she sees
As meant to indicate a GOD to Man,
Gives him his praise, yet forfeits not her own."

COWPER.

TC

BIRMINGHAM:

PRINTED BY WILKS, GRAFTON, & co.

1804.

210, m. 60

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PREFACE,

AN account of the progress of a virtuous man through a variety of trying vicissitudes, must ever be a gratification to the reader of sensibility. Such a man was the subjet of this biographical sketch, and the most remarkable events of his history, are here: detailed with truth; and impartiality.

This little work is enriched with anecdotes, com-municated to the author, by persons who were long eye-witnesses to the dignified conduct of Dr. Priestley, as a public character, and to his domestic habits as a private individual. It may be observed that his Biographer ought to be a man highly endowed with eloquence, to give an animated picture of his superlative merit; but his fame is fully established by his own inestimable productions, and the inore simple

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