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You find the same Creature that is drawn at large, copied out in several Proportions, and ending in Miniature. It would be tedious to produce Instances of this regular. Conduct in Providence, as it would be superfluous to those who are versed in the natural History of Animals. The magnificent Harmony of the Universe is such, that we may observe innumerable Divisions running upon the fame Ground. I might also extend this Speculation to the dead Parts of Nature, in which we may find Matter disposed into many fimilar Systems, as well in our Survey of Stars and Planets, as of Stones, Vegetables, and other sublunary Parts of the Creation. In a word, Providence has shewn the Richness of its Goodness and Wisdom, not only in the Production of many Original Species, but in the multiplicity of Defcants which it has made on every original Species in particular.
BUT to pursue this Thought still farther : Every living Creature, considered in it self, has many very complicated Parts, that are exact Copies of some other Parts which it possesses, and which are complicated in the same manner.
One Eye would have been fufficient for
Body, without which a Man might have very well subfifted, tho' not so well as with them, are a plain Demonftrationi of an All-wise Contriver; as those more
pl numerous Copyings, which are found among the Vessels of the fame Body, are
ī evident Demonstrations that they could not be the Work of Chance. This Argument receives additional Strength, if we apply it to every Animal and Infect within our Knowledge, as well as those numberless living Creatures that are Objects too minute for a human Eye: and if we consider how the several species in the whole World of Life resemble one another in very many Particulars, so far as is convenient for their respective States of Existence; it is much more probable that an hundred Million of Dice should be casually thrown a hundred Million of Times in the fame number, than that the Body of any single Animal Mould be produced by the fortuitous Concourse of Matter. And that the like Chance should arise in innumerable Inftances, requires a degree of Credulity that is not under the Direction of common Sense. We may carry this Consideration yet further, if we reflect on the two Sexes in every
living Species, with their ResemblanCes to each other, and those particular Distinctions that were necessary for the keeping up of this great World of Life.
THERE are many more Demonftrations of a Supreme Being, and of his transcendent Wisdom, Power and Goodness in the Formation of the Bo-dy of a living Creature, for which I refer my Reader to other Writings, particularly to the sixth Book of the Poem, entitled Creation, where the Anatomy of the human Body is described with great Perspicuity and Elegance. I have been particular on the Thought which runs through this Speculation, because I have not seen it enlarged upon by others.
Nunquam ita quisquam bene subducta ratione
ad vitam fuit Quia res, Ætas usus semper aliquid apportet
novi Aliquid moneat , ut illa, quæ te scire credas,
nefcias Et, quæ tibi putatis prima, in experiundo ut TCpudies.
HERE are, I think,
Sentiments in the follow-
Captain SENTRY, which
discover a rational and equal Frame of Mind, as well prepared for an advantagious as an unfortunate Change of Condition.
Coverly-Hall, Nov. 15. Worcestershire. SIR,
I Am.come to the Succession of the (Sir ROGER DE COVERLY; and I assure you I find it no easy Task to