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LAWS OF MAN'S NATURE
HENRY GEORGE ATKINSON, F.G.S.,
“ But the commandment of knowledge is yet higher than the command-
JOHN CHAPMAN, 142, STRAN D.
This book is in reality what it appears to be,-a correspondence between two friends. The responsibility for its publication is mine. For some years, I had been taking a stronger and stronger interest in Mr. Atkinson's views on a group of subjects which I had been contemplating from my youth up, with incessant curiosity, and, till of late, slight satisfaction. Last year, I asked him to permit me to inquire of him, in some sort of sequence, about his researches into the nature and position of the Human Being; and the replies I have received seemed to me to require of us both the discharge of that great social duty,—to impart what we believe, and what we think we have learned. I therefore suggested the publication of our letters. Among the few things of which we can pronounce ourselves certain, is the obligation of inquirers after truth to communicate what they obtain : and there is nothing in the surprise, reluctance, levity, or disapprobation of any person, or any number of persons, which can affect