28. ‘Perhaps it will be said’ (c. 1694)
MS Locke c.28, fols 116r-116v. Why men do evil in spite of the prospect of eternal punishment. Fragment projected as an addition to chapter II.xxi ‘Of Power’ of the third (or possibly later) edition of the Essay, but never included.
Relation with the Essay
 The words ‘Perhaps it wil be said...’ are preceded by ‘God if he will § 54’. This is a reference to the last words of Essay, II.xxi.53. This section is absent from the first edition of the Essay but it can be found in the second and subsequent editions. Chapter II.xxi ‘Of Power’ was heavily revised, resulting in a replacement of §§ 28-38 in the first edition by §§ 28-60 in the second and subsequent editions (see Essay, p. 248 n.). So, the fragment ‘Perhap it will be said...’ was probably intended as sect. II.xxi.54 of a later edition than the second edition (or as an addition to the Lation translation, see 26. Libertie (1694) ), but it was never included, as already transpires from the closing words of the fragment itself: ‘NB This addition to this chapter may be spared’.
 ‘Perhaps it will be said’ was entered after the revised text for Chapter II.xxi ‘Of Power’ for the second edition of the Essay was completed (see ). From a letter to W. Molyneux (see ) we know that the second edition of the Essay must have been available by 26 May 1694. Moreover, the fragment ‘Perhaps it will be said’ was entered after the entry ‘Liberty’ on the same manuscript. ‘Liberty’ ends with ‘This writ to Mr Le Clerc. 9 Oct. 94 in answer to his of 12º Aug.’ See also 26. Libertie (1694) . This date date provides the terminus a quo for ‘Perhaps it will be said’.
 Printed in King, vol. II, pp. 219-222.