Excerpt from Examination of Gillespie: Being an Analytical Criticism of the Argument a Priori for the Existence of a Great First Cause Controversial tractates like the present necessarily have but a limited circulation. Out of ten persons who see Mr. Gillespie's treatise it is certain that t more than one will read this reply. Such being the case, I might well (it will be thought) have followed Hume's example in t replying to his critics, and have abstained from further discussion. I am fully sensible of the force of this argument, and shall therefore reply merely to two counter criticisms, one of which raises so important a question (though, as it will be seen, based on a misunderstanding of my words) that a brief consideration thereof may t be altogether out of place. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.