It would be misleading to suggest that the fulness of the English Enlightenment sprang fully armed from the mind of Watts. Behind Voltaire there lay Bayle and the Dutch Arminians. Behind Wolff there lay Francke and the German pietists.1 In like manner, behind Watts lay the philosophical and religious tradition of latitude. But for Watts this tradition was more than something in the air; it was embodied in the educational system of Dissent.


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  1. 11.
    Samuel Wesley, A Letter from a Country Divine to his Friend in London Concerning the Education of the Dissenters in their Private Academies (London, 1703), p. 7.Google Scholar

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