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of many yearsenquiry: so, I hope, my reader will not be surprized, or make it a matter of complaint, if he should find me in one part to differ from myself in another ; but would rather think it strange, if I should not, seeing it is what men of free enquiry are always liable to; because those evidences, which are the ground of their persuasions, are, by such enquiry, liable to be differently perceived by them. A proper and well-grounded afsent to the truth of any proposition, is founded on a perception of the evidence, upon which the truth of that proposition is supposed to depend : and, therefore, as our perception of such evidence is, in many cases, liable to alter and change; that is; what we perceive to
be conclusive to day may appear otherwise to morrow; fo our opinions are ; liable to alter and change likewise. And as I have, in the course of my enquiries, had a strict regard to truth, and this has led me fometimes to differ from myself, by a change of my opi- : nions : fo I am ready to retract and give up my opinion I have embraced or maintained, when such farther evidence shall appear, as renders it just and proper so to do.
To the First VOLUME,
TRACT. IX. An Enquiry concerning the Justice of