Conyers Middleton Bibliography

Letter From Rome 1729
A record of Middleton’s observations made during a visit to Rome on the pagan origin of church ceremonies. Middleton took part in some of the 18th century pamphlet wars; at this time he was accused of unorthodoxy and refrained from writing on theological matters. Earlier, in 1921, he was found guilty of libel against Richard Bentley.
Life of Cicero 1741
A work that was widely read at the time, and which enhanced Middleton’s reputation, in spite of the fact he had borrowed heavily upon an earlier work on Cicero by William Bellenden. In a letter to a friend, Henry Seymour Conway, Horace Walpole wrote: “I wait with some patience to see Dr. Middleton’s Tully, as I read the greatest part of it in manuscript; though indeed that is rather a reason for my being impatient to read the rest. If Tully can receive any additional honour, Dr. Middleton is most capable of conferring it”, (25 March, 1741). Gibbon’s view was more circumspect; in his autobiography he wrote that upon first reading it, he had appreciated it “above its true value”.
Free Enquiry 1749
A work which satisfied the public appetite for information about the North American colonies; it enjoyed great popularity.The long controversy concerning the historicity of miracles culminated in the outcry caused by Middleton’s Free Enquiry and Hume’s essay on the subject. Middleton was heavily criticized for writing a latitudinarian treatise on miracles.