LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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Conversations on Religion, with Lord Byron

First Conversation
Kennedy on Scripture
Second Conversation
Third Conversation
Fourth Conversation
Fifth Conversation
Memoir of Byron
Byron’s Character
‣ Memorandum
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While this work was in the course of publication, a correspondence took place between the Editor and one of the parties interested in the previous conversations; and as the Editor is desirous that full justice should be awarded to each, she has decided that the ensuing extract should be inserted; it does equal honour to the writer, and to the person who is the subject.

“I cannot but feel a degree of apprehension at your intention of giving to the world an account of the discussions that took place at Cephalonia, because the public generally judge harshly and hastily, and it is very difficult to make them understand that a person of the purest principles and with the best intentions may endeavour to reconcile the Christian dispensation with the prominent attributes of the Deity—I mean his omnipotence, justice, and mercy. I have always been impressed with the
beauty and excellence of the moral code which Christianity has revealed to mankind, and on that account I have been most anxious to comprehend its more abstruse doctrines. I am quite certain that
Lord Byron was very sincere in his inquiries into the merits of Christianity. He entertained the highest respect for the character of Dr. K., and was engaged to attend to him from a complete conviction of his real goodness and sincerity,—indeed, he told me, that had he not entertained that conviction, he would not have listened to Dr. K. a second time. No man was ever better calculated to inculcate the excellent precepts of Christianity with better success, for his whole character seemed to have been imbued with its best principles: he was so gentle, so good, so patient, and so persevering to secure the happiness of others, that it was impossible not to feel pleased and grateful for his efforts; and my heart must be much more insensible than it is at present, not to recollect them with becoming gratitude. Yet the motives for inquiry are subject to the misinterpretation of illiberal and narrow-minded individuals.”—1830.


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