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Gibbon's first and only love. But few of our readers, we imagine, have read the story of the great historian's first and only love, which we extract from "My Life and Writings," now comparatively a rare book. As a literary mor it is unique, and no passage could be found in all his works more characteristic of the author's peculiar style. It is, besides, a little romance in itself, and more peculiarly interesting to the admirers of Madame de Stael: I hesitate, from the apprehension of ridicule, when I approach the delicate subject of my early love. By this word I do not mean the polite attention, the gallantry without hope or design, which has originated in the spirit of chivalry, and forever woven with the torture of French manners. I understood by this passion, the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a siegle female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our feeling