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adversaries. At our present distance in time from that period, we are sufficiently cool to perceive, that they did wrong, and even counteracted their own purpose, because that, in labouring to understand thoroughly any system of ideas, great assistence may be derived from an attention to what has been thought and said on the opposite side of the question. Had the most devout Christian of the present day been capable of advising his brethren of the centuries which followed the Age of Constantine, not a volume, not a pamphlet, scarce a line of Pagan or heretical controversy, however absurd, however scandalous and offensive to pious ears, or even to the 'moral feelings, would, we are persuaded, have been committed to the flames, and the consequence to us of these later times, would have been, that instead of groping our way through dark passages, when we are studying the ecclesiastical history of the first three and most interesting centuries of Christianity, every thing would have appeared clear and distinct; and the different prejudices of friends and of enemies being nicely weighed against each other, a result of pure and consistent truth might have been obtained.
The same principle will, we imagine, apply to the minutest branch of the same subject. The existence of such a man, and especially of such an author, as Edward Gibbon, may be considered as a wise permission of Divine Providence; nor is it surely by chance, that his characteristic vanity, that vanity which led him to commit to writing his most secret thoughts and sentiments, and carefully to preserve what he had once committed to writing, has laid open to us all the springs and motions of his extraordinary mind. The best use which we can make, we, who are concerned for the spread of pure Christianity, of the ingenuousness, as well as ingenuity of such an author, is, by thoroughly studying his character, to learn the nature and origin of infidelity, its origin, we mean, ir the human heart; that thus being well acquainted with the disease, we may proceed with the greater confidence in the application of the proper remedy, and so, through the blessing of God upon our endeavours, turn even his mistakes to the advantage of our species.
Nor are we without encouraging hopes, that, as the peculiar talents of Mr. Gibbon, and the dignified station in society which he occupied, have rendered his writings more especially deleterious to the upper and more elevated walks of life, so, by laying open the true source of all this mischief in the heart and life of the man, the restoration to truth and sobriety of the same exalted ranks, by a proper use of his works, may be at least as extensive, as was their departure from those principles, through their first tendency:
But, if there be any foundation for these hopes, it is obvious, that the more intimately we become acquainted with the man, the more completely we shall attain our end. The able writer himself, to whom we allude, acknowledges, that of so great a mind the progress and aberrations should be traced with exactness. But how can this be done, if any fruits of its aberrations are to be destroyed, previously to and without examination?
Let nothing then, we would say, be destroyed, which has proceeded from the pen of Gibbon; but let his noble friend continue, as he has begun, to deliberate long, and consider well, before he ushers any thing additional into the world. And in regard to such writings, if any such exist, as are absolutely improper for publication,-as we believe, that in the hands of their present possessor, they will be equally shut up from abuse, and left open to a well-ordered curiosity, so we trust, that he who has evinced so much judicious care hitherto, will not be wanting, to deposit properly, while it is yet in his power, what neither love for his late friend, nor regard for the British Public, would consent to leave to the selfish or random distribution of mercenary or heedless heirs.
Of the parallel case, by which the ingenious writer has illustrated his advice, we need only say, that it does not altogether apply to the circumstances before us; and that as far as it does apply, we should give exactly the same advice in that instance, as we have given in the present. He asks, Would not a lover of good morals destroy even the most excellent work of the statuary, if it represent an act highly seductive and offensive to good manners? Were there in such a work, whatever it might represent, any thing calculated to throw light on the knowledge of the human powers, or on human nature in general, we should certainly vote for its preservation, while we should at the same time anxiously recommend, to conceal it carefully from the public inspection. It is not for the sake of their ingenuity and learning alone or chiefly, but for their utility in the study of a most extraordinary human character, that we are so tender of the productions of our Author, and that we should give our vote for the careful and indiscriminate preservation of every scrap written by the pen of Gibbon. That vigorous thinker and writer has now appeared before the critical tribunal of our brother-reviewer, as well as before our own; we have examined him by diflerent methods, though upon similar principles; we have beheld him, each of us in a distinct point of view; yet, after all our reading, thinking, and writing on the subject, it is not yet exhausted, Gibbon deserves to be still farther read, studied, and analysed,
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