Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings

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PREFACE

THE following little Piece was written in the winter of 1795 and '96; and, as I had not determined whether to publish it during the present war,* or to wait till the commencement of a peace, it has lain by me, without alteration or addition, from the time it was written.

What has determined me to publish it now is, a Sermon, preached by WATSON, Bishop of Landaff.* Some of my readers will recollect, that this Bishop wrote a book, intitled, An Apology for the Bible, in answer to my Second Part of the Age of Reason. I procured a copy of his book, and he may depend upon hearing from me on that subject.

At the end of the Bishop's book is a list of the Works he has written, among which is the Sermon alluded to; it is intitled,

'THE WISDOM AND GOODNESS OF GOD, IN HAVING MADE BOTH RICH AND POOR; with an Appendix, containing REFLECTIONS ON THE PRESENT STATE OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE.'

The error contained in the title of this Sermon, determined me to publish my Agrarian Justice. It is wrong to say that God made Rich and Poor; he made only Male and Female; and he gave them the earth for their inheritance.*

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Instead of preaching to encourage one part of mankind in

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be better that Priests employed their time to render the general condition of man less miserable them it is. Practical religion

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