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PREFACE BY THE EDITOR
THE person chiefly concerned in improving this Edition of Mr. Locke's Works, having long entertained an high esteem for that author's writings, and being informed that a new edition of them was preparing, became naturally desirous of seeing one more complete than any of the foregoing; and of contributing his aslistance towards it (so far as the short time allowed for that purpose would give leave) by not only collating former Editions and correcting those numerous errors which had crept into most of them ; but also by inserting, or giving some description of such other pieces as are known to have come from the same hand, tho' not appearing in any catalogue or collection of his works.
The farther liberty has been taken to subjoin a few things by other hands, which seem'd necessary to a right use of Mr. Locke's discoveries, and a more ready application of the principles whereon they are founded, v. 8.
1. To the Elay on Human Understanding is prefixed a correct Analysis, which has been of considerable service by reducing that Essay into some better method, which the Author himself thews us, (Preface and elsewhere) that he was very sensible it wanted, tho' he contented himself with leaving it in its original form, for reasons grounded on the prejudices then prevailing against fó novel a system ; but which hardly now fublist.
This map of the intellectual world, which exhibits the whole doctrine of ideas in one view, must to an attentive reader appear more commodious than any of those dry compends generally made use of by young students, were they more perfect than even the best of them are found to be.
2. THERE is also annexed to the fame Effay a sinall Tract in defence of Mr. Locke's opinion concerning Personal Identity; a point of some consequence, but which many ingenious persons, probably from not observing what pafled between him and Molineux on the subject, [Letters in September and December, 1693, and January, February, May, 1694,] have greatly misunderstood.
It may perhaps be expected that we should introduce this Edition of Mr. Locke's Works with a particular history of the Author's circumstances and connections; but as several narratives of this kind have been already published by different writers, viz. A. Wood, [Ath. Ox. Vol. 2d.]; P. Cofte, [character of Mr. Locke here annexed); Le Clerc, (first printed in English before the Letters on Toleration, 1689, but more complete in the Edition of 1713, from whence the chief part of the subsequent Lives is extracted]; Locke's Article in the Supplement to Collier Addend. ; and by the compilers of the General Dictionary, Biographie Britannica, Memoirs of his Life and Character, 1742, &c. &c. and since most of that same account which has been prefixed to fome late Editions, by way of Life, is likewise here annexed; there seems to be little occasion for transcribing any more of VOL. I.
such common occurrences, as are neither interesting enough in themselves, nor sufficiently characteristic of the Author. We have therefore chofen to confine the following obfervations to a critical survey of Mr. Locke's Writings, after giving some account of his literary correspondence, and of such anonymous Tracts as are not commonly known to be his, but yet distinguishable from others that have been imputed to him. Besides those pofthumous pieces which have been already collected by Des Maizeaux, and joined with Tome others in the late Editions, there is extant,
1. His Introductory Discourse to Churchill's Collection of Voyages, [in 4 vols. Fol.] containing the whole History of Navigation from its original to that Time, (A.D. 1704) with a Catalogue and Character of most Books of Travels.
These Voyages are commonly said to have been published under his disection. They were presented by him to the university of Oxford [v. Collier’s. Dict.]. That he was well versed in such Authors is pretty plain, from the good use he has made of them in his Essays ; and the Introductory Discourse is by no means unworthy of him, tho' deeined too large to be admitted into this publication : whether it may be added, some time hence, in a supplemental volume, along with some of his other Tracts hereafter mentioned, must be submitted to the Public, and those who are stiled Proprietors.
2. For the same reason we are obliged to suppress another piece usually afcribed to him, and entitled, The History of our Saviour Jesus Christ, related in the Words of Scripture, containing, in Order of Time, all the Events and Discourses recorded in the four Evangelists, &c. 8vo. printed for A. and J. Churchill, 1705, concerning which a learned friend, who has carefully
. examined it, gives the following account: I am inclined to think that. this work is the genuine production of Mr. Locke. It is compiled with accuracy and judgment, and is in every respect worthy of that masterly writer. I have compared it with Mr. Locke's Treatise on the Reasonableness of Christianity, and find a striking resemblance between them in some of their expressions, in their quotations from Scripture, and in the arrangement of our Saviour's discourses. Under each of these heads this ingenious writer has produced remarkable instances of such resemblance, but too particular and minute to be here recited; on the last he adds, that whoever reads the Treatise on the Reasonableness of Christianity with the least attention, will perceive that Mr. Locke has every where observed an exact chronological order in the arrangement of his texts, which arrangement perfectly corresponds with that of the History. It would have been very difficult to throw a multitude of citations from the four Evangelists into such a chronological series without the assistance of some Harmony, but Mr. Locke was too cautious a reasoner to depend upon another man's hypothesis ; I am therefore persuaded that he .compiled this Harmony, the History of Christ, for his own immediate use, as the basis of his Reasonableness of Christianity. And tho' the original plan of this History may have been taken from Garthwaite's Evangelical Harmony, 4to. 1633, as Dr. Doddridge supposes, yet the whole narrative and particular arrangement of facts is so very different, that Mr. Locle's Hiftory in 1705 may properly be termed a new work,
SEE Moral Books of the Old Testament and Apocrypha, paraphrased, viz. Proverbs, Ecclepastes, Wisdom, and Ecclesiasticus, in one vol. 12mo. 1706. This tréful work is given by tradition to Mr. Locke, and his name often written before it accordingly. It was printed for his old booksellers A. and F: Churcbill, and is thought by some good judges to bear evident marks of authenticity: of which I shall only observe farther, that by the method there taken of paraphrasing these writers in one close, continued discourse, where the substance is laid together and properly digested, a much better connection appears to be preserved, and the Author's sense more clearly expressed, than it can be in any separate exposition of each verse with all the repetitions usual in Eastern Writings, and all the disadvantages arising from the very inaccurate division of their periods, as is hinted in the judicious Preface to that work. 4. A Letter to Mrs. Cockburn, not inserted before in any collection of Mr. Locke's pieces. It was sent with a present of books to that lady, on her being discovered to have written a Defence of his Effay against fome Remarks made 'upon it by Dr. T. Burnet, author of the Theory of the Earth, &c. Dr. Burnet's Remarks appeared without his name in three parts, the first of which was animadverted on by Mr. Locke at the end of his Reply to Bp. Stilling fleet in 1697 ; the two others were left to the animadversion of his friends. : Mrs. Cockburn, to whom the Letter under consideration is addressed, finished her Defence of the Eflay in December, 1701, when she was but twenty-two years old, and published it May, 1702, the Author being industriously concealed : which occafioned Mr. Locke's elegant compliment of · its being a generoħty above the strain of that groveling age, and like that of su
perior fpirits, who assist without shewing themselves. In 1724 the fame Lady wrote a letter to Dr. Holdsworth on his injurious imputations caft upon Mr. Locke concerning the Resurrection of the fame Body, printed in 1726; and afterwards an elaboratė Vindication of Mr. Locke's Christian Principles, and his Controversy on that subject, first published, together with an Account of her Works, by Dr. Birch, 1751, and the forementioned Letter added here beIow, Vol. IV. p. *645.
Š. Of the fame kind of correspondence is the curious Letter to Mr. Bold, in 1699, which is also inserted in the 4th volume, p. ib. as corrected from the original. Mr. Bold, in 1699, set forth a piece, entitled, Some Corijderations on the principal objections and Arguments which have been published against Mr. Locke's Ell'ay; and added in a Collection of Tracts, published 1706, three Defences of his Reasonableness of Christianity; with a large Difcourse concerning the Refurrection of the fame Body, and two Letters on the necesary Immateriality of created thinking Substance.
Our Author's sentiments of Mr. Bold may be seen at large in the Letter itfelf, Vol. IV. p. ibid. ,
16;Mr. Locke's fine account of Dr. Pococke was first published in a Collection of his Letters, by Curl, 1714, (which Collection is not now to be met with) and some Extracts made from it by Dr. Twells, in his Life of that learned author, [Theol. Works, Vol. I. p. 83.] The fame is given at full length