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FORMERLY FELLOW OF EMMANUEL COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
AUTHOR OF "A SERIOUS CALL," &c. &c.

6T THL

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SITY OF MICH

WITH AN INTRODUCTION,

BY THE REV. F. D. MAURICE, M. A.

CHAPLAIN OF GUY'S HOSPITAL, PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE
AND MODERN HISTORY IN KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON, AND
AUTHOR OF "THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST," &c. &c.

WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING
THE POEM OF THE FABLE OF THE BEES,
MANDEVILLE'S INTRODUCTION AND TREATISE
ON THE ORIGIN OF MORALITY.

CAMBRIDGE:

PRINTED AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS,

FOR D. & A. MACMILLAN,

AND SOLD BY GEORGE BELL, 186, FLEET STREET, LONDON.
M.DCCC.XLIV.

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1520

• M273

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THIS little book is published in compliance with the wishes of one whose memory is very dear to many, my friend and brother-in-law, the Rev. John Sterling. In a letter written last summer he expressed himself as follows.

"I cannot refrain from sending you a few words to announce a discovery which I made yesterday afternoon. Looking by accident into William Law's works, I found, at the beginning of the second Volume, an answer to Mandeville's Fable of the Bees. The first section is one of the most remarkable philosophical Essays I have ever seen in English. You probably know him, as perhaps the most perfect of controversial writers, whether right or wrong in his argument. Now this section has all the highest beauty of his polemical compositions and a weight of pithy right reason, such as fills one's heart with joy. Perhaps you know the Tract already. For myself, I have never seen, in our language, the elementary grounds of a rational ideal philosophy, as opposed to empiricism, stated

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