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pare together the prelate ' s stricture and the note ot Ne&l ' s Editor . ( 130 ) 530 . [ 489 . T . ] Warburtaft laughs at our historian for his
imagined simplicity in thinking that Oliver Cromwell , when making a certain speech , was really in doubt . Yet Warburton himself , in a former and a no less palpable instance of grimace , could receive Cromwell's words as expressing his real opinion . See No .
103 . ( 131 ) 545 . [ 503 . T . ] It is farvery far- —from being yet evident that Charles I . wrote the eucav GawriXucq . The reader should consult Dr . Toulmin ' s appropriate note , before he acquiesce in the prelate ' s censures of our historian .
( 132 ) 549 . [ 507 . T . ] This stricture is well disposed of by the liberal and candid Editor . ( 133 ) 551 . [ 508 . T . ] Warburton concurs substantially in the judgment delivered by Du flfroulin concerning the actors in the King ' s trial and execution . As to the remainder of the
prelate ' s stricture , it is far from being probable that Episcopalians and Nonconformists will soon arrive at the same inference , in respect of the party who prepared the entertainment , and was at the expense of the exhibition * The strictures of Bishop Warburton upon Neal , amount to above one
hundred and thirty , and may be classed in the following manner : 1 st , those which profess to impugn the historian ' s veracity ; 2 dly , those which regard the nature of the facts and
opinions that he records ; 3 dly , those which are directed against his judgment of men and things ; and 4 thly , those which in any degree or shape affect his reputation for integrity and fair dealing .
I . He who takes the pains of reckoning the number of the first class of objections , will find it to be extremely small . It is not without the greatest difficulty that I can discover eighteen , which even accuse Neal of falsifying the truth of history : nor in a single instance is the charge substantiated .
II . A large proportion of the notes —not fewer than sixty—concern the quality of certain facts and sentiments which Neal records , and which are found either in documents of public
riotoriety , or in works referred to in . his mjargin . By this 9 et of objections the historian ' s probity cannot be invalidated : how completely they fail of bringing his understanding into question , let those determine who have carefully perused the edition of his History by Dr . Toulrain .
III . Many of Warburton ' s strictures fall under the third division : they are levelled at the judgment which Neal pronounces or intimates on men and things . It was to be supposed that the historian and his censor would
usually differ from each other in their estimate of both . A dignitary of the Church of England and a Protestant Nonconformist minister were not likely to view the events and actors of
that period with precisely the same eyes . Nor am I disposed or able to say that , in point of opinion , Neal is always right or Warburton always wrong . Common justice and candour demand this admission : to readers
whom these qualities characterize I submit the matters in dispute . There remain then the very few annotations which may be thought to bear in any degree or shape on Neal's reputation for integrity and fair dealing . Now , in the retrospect , I
discover none of any importance , except No . 34 ; our historian ' s language concerning UdaPs death . Here it might be wished that he had expressed himself with more reserve : here perhaps he was insensibly led away by that excessive zeal , from the effects of
which even wise and good men are not always free ; but even here no strong or lasting censure fixes itself on his memory . Let him who is without sin , in this respect / throw the first stone . That stone , most assuredly , should not be cast by Warburton .
I must not conclude without g lancing at that prelate ' s qualifications , at NeaPs , at NeaPs Editor ' s , and at Dr . Southey ' s . Of Warburton it were presumptuous in me to say much , after the masterly portraits and sketches of him which have been delineated by Dr . Samuel Johnson * and Dr . Parr . f
* In his prefaces respectively to Shaks peare and to his own Eng . Diet . . t Traots by Warburton , &c .
Exuminati&n of fParburton , &c . 601
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 601, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/25/