Excerpt from Moral Causation: Or Notes on Mr. Mill's Notes to the Chapter on 'Freedom' in the Third Edition of His 'Examination of Sir W. Hamilton's Philosophy'
Mill's death reached England. In the general sense of sadness diffused by the premature extinction of so great an intellectual light, my publication must have seemed inopportune, and I therefore resolved to defer it; but the project may be now resumed. The appear ance of Mr Mill's 'autobiography,' and, more lately, of his three Essays on Religion,' has stirred a new interest in his Opinions on such subjects, which may give to my criticism (in so far as it may be held ih telligent) a pertinence which it might not otherwise have possessed. Moreover, in the interval the subject has lost none of its importance; and as intimately related to certain of the current controversies of the time, it is constantly coming up for discussion. Any little bit of accurate thought about it - supposing one capable of such - might thus be held seasonable and appropriate.
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