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tive ; yet even this they do not de. they said, and they still maintain, cline.
that the doctrine which he has adHad the ministers of Edinburgh, vanced, leads necessarily to Atheism. as is alleged, united, as a party,
It is said that Mr Leslie's expresin support of that direful measure sions could only be supposed to refer which they are said to have so much to physical causes. But it seems im. at heart, surely all or most of them possible to discover in them any such would have taken some steps for at. restriction. They praise Mr Hume's taining their object. They had the essay as “ a model of clear and acsatisfaction of living in habits of inti- curate reasoning.” Now, of 20 pages, macy with many individual members to which this essay extends, there is of the Town Council ; and as they little more than one, which relates to reckoned in their number the Princi- physical causes ; the rest is entirely pal and several Professors of the u. metaphysical. Mc Leslie is said to niversity, their title to recommend extend his praise only to Mr Hume's might perhaps be equal to that of premises. But does not the general Mr Stewart and Mr Playfair. Yet approbation of an essay include both the fact is, that only one, or at most premises and conclusion? It has been two, ever solicited an individual for clearly shewn by the opposite party, Mr Macknight.
And as the one that Mr Hume's doctrine, so far as particularly referred to was the col. it relates to physical causes, was by league of Mr Macknight's most res- no means new ; for this part therepectable father, he may well be suip. fore no peculiar applause was due to posed to have been actuated solely him. It is the metaphysical part onby personal inotives. The rest not ly which was new or peculiar to Mr only did not apply, but when Mr Hume ; and it is that part which has Macknight requested from them cer. drawn the attention of his most distificates, on which he understood tinguished adversaries. There seem. great stress had been laid in the case ed reason therefore to suspect, that of other candidates, they absolotely this might be the part which Mr declined complying with his wishes Leslie had peculiarly in view. in this particular, unless they should The subject of the work is indeed be called upon for advice.
physical, and so is the passage to It has been said, that Mr Mack. which the note refers. But it by no night's not resigning his ecclesiastical means follows, that a note must be charge, was in consequence of the on the very same subject with the ministers having openly avowed their passage to which it is appended. On determination to that effect. But, the contrary, a note naturally suppothat after having shewn no disposi- ses some change, some difference of tion to promote the views of Mr subject, otherwise there could be no Macknight, they should yet adopt reason for not incorporating it into and publish a determination by which the body of the work. We have on. bis conduct should be implicitly re- ly to look into any book which congulated, is certainly one of those tains a number of notes, in order to propositions which carry their false- be satisfied, that they relate as often hood in gremio, and accordingly no to different topics as to that of which evidence has been brought to sup- the book itself treats. Or, supposing
the proceeding not to be strictly reThe ministers of Edinburgh are gular, was there no ground to suspect falsely accused of representing Mr an intentional deviation? Lastly, this Leslie as an Atheist. They never interpretation is rendered still more said so. They do not think so. But difficult by the etymological argu.
ment, in which it is attempted to be be regularly laid before any church
ter, in some respects, an aggravation lie's defenders seem sensible, as they of the original offence.
Even had have studiously shunned taking i- they been so disposed, they could sy notice of this part of the discus- never with propriety have presented
Dr Hunter's letter, without his own Mr Leslie's letter is by no means permission, which they have reason satisfactory. He has grossly misre. to believe they would not have obpresented the opinions of Dr Reid, tained. The insinuation, however, whose pbject it was to reply to that Mr Leslie's interest was likely Hume's premises, from which he just- to suffer by the concealment of the ly concluded, that sceptical conclu- letter, are wholly groundless; for the sions flowed unavoidably. Far from letter was one of the subjects of conretracting, far even from making the versation at the council board. As slightest apology, for the very excep. soon as the ministers entered, it was tionable language he had used, he introduced by the Lord Provust. merely engages, in case bis book The Presbytery, it is said, ought should come to a second edition, to to have summoned Mr Leslie as a shew how grossly and injuriously he party ; but by the act of Parliament, has been misrepresented. Is this the the Presbytery could not do su; he language of explanation or apology ? did not lie within their jurisdiction. According to every appearance, we To have summoned him as a Profeshave to expect a virulent attack on sor, which he had become in the face the ministers of Edinburgh, instead of a protest, would have been pre. of a calm and satisfactory explana. judging the case against themselves, tion. As, however, Mr Leslie, in his To the General Assembly it belongletter, complains of want of time, ed, should they see cause, to suinmon the Presbytery, willing to make every Mr Leslie to their bar; and that allowance for this disadvantage, af. this did not take place, was owing to forded him afterwards repeated op- the measures of the opposite party. portunities of coming and making An attempt has been made to re. the most full explanation. Here then
the ministers themselves we find a strange inconsistency in the the accusation of Atheism. This is conduct of this gentleman. He first no uncommon maneuvre with those complains of want of time, and after. who are labouring in the defence of wards, when the most ample time is error, and who wish to withdraw the afforded him, he makes no use of it. attention of the reader from the nie. Finally, the letter was not regularly rits of the question. But never was before the presbytery, nor even before it attempted on slenderer grounds the meeting of the ministers. It was than on the present occasion. It is addressed, not to the moderator of founded entirely on the restriction of that meeting, but to an individual their meaning to physical causes ; member of it. However satisfactory whereas in papers previously publishthen the letter might have been, it ed, they had expressly excluded these was not official, nor one which could
causes. They had confined their cen.
sure solely to what was metaphysical cne or two experienced gentleman of in Mr Leslie's doctrine. Mr Stew. the law, and two or three aged minisart therefore has given a long list of ters, members of this house. Nor would authorities to prové, what they could even wish to impose on Mr Leslie never once have thought of denying, fore them, but to give in his explana.
the necessity of appearing in person be. that there is no necessary, connection
tion in writing ; and with a very simple between physical causes. The words explanation, provided it be temperately “ Necessary Connection” have been expressed, I would wish them to be saemployed by the most standard meta. tished. physical writers, and by Mr Stewart himself, to denote causation ; the on.
It is left to Mr Leslie's considera. ly difference is, that they are accom.
tion, whether he would not have panied here with a language of guard been placed in a more respectable si. and precaution, such as
tuation by a favourable report from . before employed. There is nothing such a committee, than merely by a . in their words which implies, that
vote of Assembly, refusing to consi. they believe necessary connection to
der the question. exist between every cause and effect ;
The ministers belonging to that it is enough to justify them, if it ex
party which has been accustomed to ists in any one case. The expression, support the governm
government of the state, " operating principle” clearly fixes were opposed by the opposite politidown their meaning to efficient cau
cal interest. When the leaders of a ses, to which, in strict propriety of certain party in the state have sufficilanguage, the name of cause should ent influence to determine an assembe exclusively appropriated.
bly vote, men of the Moderate inte.
rest in the church do not account it The proposal made in the Assembly was of the most moderate and dishonourable to be found in the reasonable kind. The following is minority. Nor will the unfavourathe statement given by Dr Hill of ble issue of this measure prevent them, the views with which it was made :
at any future period, when they may
be placed in the same circumstances, Giving the utmost credit to his (Mr from reposing their accustomed conLeslie's) explanation, it must, I think, fidence in the good sense of the coun. be admitted, that he has given just try, and the church.
In the mean cause of offence ; and it seems reasonable, therefore, that he should show his time, they have the satisfaction of willingness to remove it. The Church thinking, that the great end they had has a right to require explanation; and in view, is not defeated. he cannot, with propriety, refuse'it.- which they have taken will probably He ought plainly, and without the addi. have the effect of securing, for some tion of any injurious matter, to give a calm and dispassionate disavowal. I sion of such philosophical questions,
time, greater caution in the discus-, would not propose to remit him to the
as may affect those great truths of presbytery : That might be consider. ed as a harsh measure. It might be religion which it is their duty to de. preferable to commit the prosecution fend. of the business to a small and select committee, to be appointed by the General Assembly. To obviare any objec- Errata in our last. P. 278. col. 1. line tion, and make it as free as possible from 33. for meeting of Presbytery, read any invidious circumstance, this commit- meering of the Ministers of Edin. tee might consist of the Moderator, one - burgh. Ib. col. 2. line 35. for Presbyor two Professors of other universities, tery, read meeting.
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