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Club. Your argument seems to carry weight, fortified with reason, to those of little brains; but to us seniors, who possess a full quantum, in measure, weight, and quality, is of no force. You cannot catch old birds with chaff, neither will you frighten us with raw head and bloody bones, or any other such spiritual snare, or artful contrivance, that impress and feduce weaklings and children ;' but we that have sprung and got quit of your snares, stand fearless free from remorse or stings of heart, we were heretofore assailed with, after fcasting ourfelves on the good things of the earth, which was and is rivetted innate and clenched in the inner recesses of our hearts, froin which glut of pleasure, like the bee, we will never recede uncil for want of breath we can hold out no longer, when we shall return each elementies proper gift.
Hoft. This membrane, or web, that I now produce, was all the contents contained in a small cavity, in the head of a sea toad, or cortoise, the head being all to the caviiy bolid. This creature weighed one hundred and fifcern pounds, without brains or marrow, the bones being solid as the head, ail but the aforesaid cavity.
Club. What you advance reminds us of the furprising latitude travellers afsuine and think yourselves entitled to be credited. i Host. What I advance is known to several that will testify the same, ant yourselves will be pleased to examine and give testimony thac it is nothing but a web confisting of nothing more than fibres.
Club. What you produce resembles tarantula. fheath or web, free from brains or other macter or conients.
Hoft. The fingular instinct of the tortoise, in her care at the time of her deposicing her eggs, to prevent the vigilance of her adversary (the turile) from robbing her neft, or making a prize of herself, brings her the nearest to man of any other animal. Rabbi Moses, 'whose character you are no stranger to, will give the surprising instinct and many particulars relating to this animal, and this from his own inspection, in the West-Indies, where they are produced.
Club. Rabbi Moses is a character of diftinguished merit, on whose veracity we are agreed. We would think ourselves happy in making feveral enquiries from so worthy a character, who, according to report, has been in search of truth to all quarters of the world, from his youth, possessed of whatever is worthy praise, in fortune, goodness, refined sentiments, and strong understanding; but there arises a doubt his being of the Jewish persuasion, who are à people not easily deluded or drawn from even error, as they are ridiculously so, most abfurdly. We will cast in our minds the utility of seeing this good and intelligent man, and if we suppose it not hurtful to our light, raising doubts that there is a God, and spiritual intelligences, who watch our actions with an eye far more clear and penetrating than the fun at noon-day, and char man is composed of two substances ; one
Spiritual, which they call foul; the other earth ly, the body. The soul, being the intellectual and superior part, is to rule and keep the body in a state oppressive to the senses, and opposite to the pleafures and allurements of this life, to consider this life and pass through it a pilgrim, or man of sorrows, expecting pleasure and eternal comforts when death separates our twofold nature. All blemishes, which they term sin, are to be rigorously accounted for, and punished in the next life, if we were convinced ihat give ing him a meeting might not cast some blemish or shade our enlightened and bright philosophy, we should be disposed to see him to make en- , quiries.
Hoft. You were all instructed, when young, in the religion of your forefathers, I suppose, christians. - Club. We ackoowledge your fuppofi:ion, though we are of different countries, and were of different branches of chriftians, to be true; but being men inclined to various powerful passions, which could not be gratised without remorse and stings, we were not disposed to sufa fer, embraced the Enlightened Blufing, the brains, in a torrent of light, poured on the head of man, in this our enlightened age and northern hemisphere. O my, what a blaze! .
Hoft. I will hold you a ruinp and dozen, as the saying is, that you are twelve, bui not one trained Calvinist.
Hoft. Presbyterians are instructed to render life comfortable, by i wying the old man with
the sword of the fpirit, that is, to appease the flesh, by giving it the full sway and desire of her wishes, that we obtain liberty of spirit. This is a faithful saying, “ Mortify the works of the Aesh, by destroying the old man. If you live to the Aeth, you shall die; but if you live to the spirit, you shall be saved : so chat there is no condemnation to the spiritual chriftian ; for, let him do what he will, he finned not: for all things are lawful to him by the art and cunning of spiritualizing all Aeshly actions, so that whilst we enjoy, we live. O.my, what sweetness !
Calvinists, like goats, rut out of measure,
Club. Envy, despair, presumption, schisin, heresy, contention, Pride, railing, infidelity, glutiony, hacred, lechery.
The above heads, if we understood right when we had an idea of God, was opposite and contrary to the Divinity and forbid under pain pain of eternal punishments. This was the cause, as we could not refrain to embrace our new philosophy, in order to strengthen ourselves for enjoyment without after-claps or bitings of conscience. We acknowledge your kenient medicine, if any efficacy can be drawn from it, would have much weight to our return into the christian bosom ; but, according to some philosophy, if you should prove to have a foul, you will be in much more danger of reprobation than our new philosophers, we deny him, you acknowledge him and make him an accomplice, partaker aud partner in the very deeds that he détests and forbids. You cry, it is well done, a twofold pleasure, spiritual and earthly; in short, and to be brief, if impudence has any merit, Calvinism is a child of paradise. O the misery of an infatuated and conceited, vain pride.
Conceited monsters, of a twofold race,
Hoft. I humbly crave your Enlightened's para don for my abrupt intrusion on so high and mighty a fociety, who has it in contemplation to relieve the great world from all impediments which they have been infected with for near six thousand years, on the heels of which bring in rectitude cloathed fn her natural and first-born fimplicity, state, dress, condition, and inclination, free from impeachment, shame, or remorse. The earth is man's and the fullness thereof, wherefore do we refuse to couple, as if man, and only man, were the cap:ive chained down with more than savage Navery and cruel restraint, superfluity and experience. Extravagance will be exploded, and like our neighbours of every degree, from the savage who wears nothing more than pure nature, to the gentle