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Written by Foln Colerus, Minister
of the Lutheran Church, at the
Done out of French.
at the Raven in Pater-Nofter-Row, 1705.
Literally reprinted froin the original copy
B. De Spinosa.
CPINOSA, that Philosopher, whose
Name makes so great noise in the World, was originally a Jew. His Parents, a little while after his Birth, named him Baruch. Bụt having afterwards forsaken Judaism, he changed his Name, and calld himself Benedict in his Writings, and in the Letters which he subscrib’d. He was Born at Amsterdam the 24th of November, in the Year 1632. What is commonly said, that he was Poor and of a very mean Extraction, is not true. His Father, a Portuguese Jew, was in very good Circumstances, and a Merchant at
Amsterdam, where he lived upon the Burgwal, in a good House near the Old Portuguese Synagogue. Besides, his civil and handsome behaviour, his Relations, who lived at ease, and what was left to him by his Father and Mother, prove that his Extraction, as well as his Education, was above that of the Common People. Samuel Carceris, a Portuguese Jew, Married the Youngest of his two Sisters. The Name of the Youngest Miriam, whose Son Daniel Carceris, Nephew to Benedict de Spinosa, declared himself one of his Heirs after his Decease: As it appears by an Act past before Libertus Loef, a Notary, the 30th of March 1677. in the form of a Procuration directed to Henry Vander Spyck, in whose House Spinofa Lodged when he died.
Spinofa's first Studies. ~pinofa fhewed from his Childhood,
and in his younger years, that Nature had not been unkind.to him. His quick fancy,