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THE LIFE

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

&c. &c.

WITH CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

ON

HIS WORKS.

BY JOHN CORRY, Member of the Philological Society

In Manchester.

“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.

BIRMINGHAM:

PRINTED BY WILKS, GRAFTON, & co.

1804.

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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 inost remarkable events of his history, are here: detailed with truth, and impartiality.

This little work is enriched with anecdotes, communicated to the anthor, by persons who were long eye-witnesses to the dignified conduct of Dr. Priest-. ley, 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 super-lative merit; but his fame is fully established by his own inestimable productions, and the more sinple:

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