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worm that glides along the surface of our mother earth, enjoying true felicity, when and where presented; then will shame and violence be cast out, and love and enjoyment succeed ; then will the senses feast, and the passions be glutted with virgin honey.
Club. His lord ship might be anxious for your return, we will therefore dismiss you with this advice, to apply as his case seems philofophically, to crave the aflistance of the midwife, it being a similar case with the fair fex in travail. To fome experienced old woman, who we suppose by the assistance of a greasy or oily clyfter, profusely injected into the anus of this great prelate, it will be necessary to touch over the pipe nightly, by a little tincture tantaridise, in order to enliven the palate and other parts adjacent, and cause a quick sensation and titilation, which will give vigour to the philosopher, and by a sudden and vigorous exertion, with the assistance of the midwife, deliver him.. self from those favages.
Hoft. There comes Rabbe Moses, if you will give me leave I will let him know that you would be happy to make some enquiries in which your Light is much interested.
Club. We with the Introduction.
End of the Tenth Conferencé.
Moses. GENTLEMEN, your will.
U Club. We wish, understanding you have been from your youth in search of the philosopher's stone, to make some enquiries which we persuade ourselves will cast much light on our new philosophy, of this our enlightened age and hemisphere.
Mofes. Upon what firm have you placed your philosophy. 1. Club. Our firm is Materialism.
Mofes. To set forth the lustre and brightness of virtue or good morals, and the filthy and wicked tendency of vice and immorality, I much approve, and the wickedness of our age require sound philosophy to stem and beat down beastliness.
Club. You favour the old fashioned christian philosophy which reftrains our passions, and puts us in a state below our fellow creatures, which man considers as a high insult; we act modestly when we crave the liberty granted to our neighbours.
Mojes. You have, and stand at par with your neighbours, why, therefore, do you complain unreasonably ?
Club. So far are we from enjoying the sweetness of society allowed our neighbours, that they roll and glue themselves, whilst we starve - with hunger.
Mofes. What are the enjoyments granted to your neighbours, which you are debarred from.
Club. Many, too numerous to be summed. • Mofes. As doctors and philosophers, no doubt you will root out vice and impress virtue.
Club. Our philosophy is raised upon this express condition, to root up the two greatest enemies man has been fettered with from the commencement of christianity, shame and remorse ; and restore liberty of will..
Mofes. Pray explain yourselves, what is your liberty of will ?
Club. To be put on an equal footing and level with our neighbours, who enjoy what man covets.
Mofes. You speak mysteriously, not being candid, who is your neighbour ?
Club. Our philosophy is founded and con Gifts in candour. and therefore no mystery ; our neighbour is the different and various productions of our great mother earth, who are all clothed in fimplicity; we mean no more than our natural and pristine state, enjoying our will as nature dictates without restraint, fear of offending each other, shame or remorfe.
Moses. You then would wish to be Adamites, an old condemned heresy or sect of christians who went naked and committed every wickedness with impunity. God forbid such villains should ever infest the world again. You wish to be ranked among the beasts that perish, and I fear much worse, one man neighing after another. Nefarious tribe, where will your wicked
ness ness end? I fear, in what respect forbids the utterance. And this you boalt and brag is the the principle and tenet of your new philosophy of your enlightened age and hemisphere, and this the ruling passion of your polite circles, which they purpose introducing into, as you term it, the Great World, to rank yourselves as an army, but without order, good manners, or distinction among horses, mares, cows, bulls, dogs, bitches, ram-cats, and she-cats, sows, boars, jack-asses, the-affes, snakes, lizards, lions, worms; in a word, the whole produce of beastliness, purely for no other cause than to gratify a wicked and depraved appetite ; but this taking its rise and backed among persons of rank and literature, far surpasses my conception to account for.
Club. As our superior abilities, in this our enlightened age and hemisphere, have found that our brains are gods, and that these gods die when we lose our wind, and turn into dust as we do, the whole being composed and engendered from matter; this being so, it will be phrenzy and fretful to our manhood not to make every effort for enjoyment whilst our wind remains inclosed in our body, or lungs play. Upon the whole, man is neither more or less in dignity than the earth-worm that creeps and glides on the surface of the earth. This is the hypothesis of our new and enlightened philosophy.
Mofes. You outstrip the savages on the Cape of Good Hope, whose cloathing is the entrails of beafts hung about their waists, which serves O 3
for for covering, victuals, and nosegay; they use no dresling by fire. These entrails are what they covet, every thing more is not known than what pure nature has allotted. But we do not find among these savages chat wicked and abandoned life that leads you to herd with beasts. Your Brain God, is defeated by the Brainless Tortoise, which, among the brute creation, according to inspection, comes the neareit in fagacity to reason, in her care, vigilance, watchfulness, subtlety at the time of propagating and preserving her progeny from being destroyed by the turtler, their adversary. To dwell on the observations that has come under my personal knowledge would be tedious, let this, therefore, suffice, that instinct impressed actuates the brute creation, and the soul man dependant on the will and permission of their Great Author, who gives laws to His creation, from the supreme or spiritual intelligences to the minutest atom.
Club. The brain is the seat of wisdom, it is the source and origin of will, memory and un. derstanding; without brains no image or idea can obtain formation.
Mofes. Admit what you advance to be true, that the brain is the principal seat of will, me. mory and understanding, therefore, the supreme part of the material nature of man is the brain; but man being of iwo natures, spiritual the foul, and material the body, the soul, which animates the body, resides in a more perspicuous and clear manner in the brain, from which lodge lhe performs her operations, evidently ?ewing the brain to be part singled out for her