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salt was, we see here, standing in the days of Josephus,
and he had seen it. That it was standing then is also attested by Clement
of Rome, contemporary with Josephus; as also that it was so in the next
century, is attested by Irenaeus, with the addition of an hypothesis, how
it came to last so long, with all its members entire.—Whether the account
that some modern travelers give be true, that it is still standing, I do
not know. Its remote situation, at the most southern point of the Sea of
Sodom, in the wild and dangerous deserts of Arabia, makes it exceeding
difficult for inquisitive travelers to examine the place; and for common
reports of country people, at a distance, they are not very satisfactory.
In the mean time, I have no opinion of Le Clerc's dissertation or hypothesis
about this question, which can only be determined by eye-witnesses. When
Christian princes, so called, lay aside their foolish and unchristian wars
and quarrels, and send a body of fit persons to travel over