Date: w. 1788-93, 1796 (rev. 1815, 1827, 1837, 1897)
"His argument on topics of less absurdity is specious and acute, his manner is lively, his style forcible and clear; and, had not his vigorous mind been clouded by enthusiasm, he might be ranked with the most agreeable and ingenious writers of the times."
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— Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794)