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your inspection, and only wish that cupy much space, and would very they had been more worthy of it. much gratify, as well as greatly

H. E. W. assist,

Your much obliged

And constant reader, To the Editor of the Christian Obserder.

SENEL The object I have, in at present addressing you, is, in all humility, and with all deference to your superior To the Editor of the Christian Obserder. judgment, to prefer a requesta

You profess to have particularly Among the many wise regulations in view the benefit “ of clergy. which have been adopted by the men, or young men about to become Legislature, for the conservation of clergymen;" and not only them, but pure and undefiled religion in these of men and women” in general. kingdoms, that which guarantees Now, sir, the two former may be the integrity of the sacred Scrip supposed, and indeed ought, to be tures in the vernacular language, by well acquainted with the Latin confining the privilege of printing tongue, and other dead languages; them, in the Authorised Version, 10 but very few comparatively of the the King's Printer and to the two latter, even in this age so favour. Universities, is not the least impora able for education, have had the ad- tant. Without this salutary restricvantage of classical instruction : so tion, there would be no security. that a numerous body of your read. against the corruptions and mutilaers are deprived of some of their lions of those theorists, who, being pleasure and profit, by not being “wise above what is written," and able to traņslate the Latin and Greek more intent on supporting a favourite sentences which frequently occur in hypothesis, than in disseminating the your pages: and the consequence “trụth as it is in Jesus,” seize every is, that they do not peruse such opportunity to wrest the Scrippapers as contain them, or stoptures from their plain and simple when they meet with them, and meaning, and to make them speak skip over the remainder to proceed a language at once inconsistent with to the next subject. The writer of the great and essential truths of the these lines is approaching three- Gospel, and destructive of the hopes score; and though the Latin he and supports of the humble and degained in his youth is of some use vout Christian. to him as to the regulation of his The restriction, however, does language in speaking and writing, not, nor is it right that it should, yet the avocations of a very active extend to new versions of the Scriplife have not allowed him to improve wures, or to the Authorised Version and retain what he once knew : so accompanied with a commentary. that he is, for the most part, not

Whatever ill consequences may competent to render into English have resulted from this liberty, they the numerous quotations he meets are abundantly compensated by the with in your valuable miscellany, good which the labours of many which he considers, in many cases, learned and pious expositors have as a serious loss.

effected. My request therefore is, sir, for But editions of the Sacred Vo the benefit of myself and other lame, without note or comment, are unlettered persons," that transla- not unfrequently, in defiance of the tions of all quotations from the dead probibitions of the Legislature, print, or foreign living languages may in ed and published by unprivileged future be added in the margin of persons.

Whether any advantage the column or page, as a gote, in a has been yet taken of this pracuce, small type.” This would not os for the purpose of propagacing the

any dis

Conceits or dogmas of a party, I have it occured; and, to my great astonot ascertained. But that a wide nishment, I found in that chapter. door is thus open to the most dan- alone (Levit. xvi.) no fewer than gerous abuses, is sufficiently evident; tive sitnilar mistakes. I afterwards and that a speedy check should be ran over several other chapters, and put to such a daring violation of an was repaid for my trouble by a coevactment of vital importance to the pious gleaning of blunders of various best interests of the country, must be kinds. This immediately suggested bbvious from the acknowledged ne- to me the propriety of addressing a cessity of the law itself.

word of admonition and caution to Some of these spurious editions the press from whence the edition are marked by certain peculiarities, issued ; not doubting but that it which are worthy of notice, as they would be received with attention, indicate an indifference, at least, 10 and that in their future impressions established usage and authority, and greater vigilance would be exercised. in some cases to the dictaies of truth: Put on turning to the title-page for qualities which afford no sure pledge the necessary information, I had the of a faithful adherence to the receiv. mortification to discover that the ed text, if interest or party feeling book was not printed by either of should interfere. In one of these the Universities, or by the King's editions, printed by Richard Ed. Printer (to whom alone I could with wards, Bristol, 1802, I observe that any prospect of utility address mythe words supplied bythe translators, sell), but by “C. Corrall, Charing which in all the authorised editions Cross." are very properly distinguished by Among the errors which I noticed the Italic character, are printed in in this edition are these: Mark viii. the conimon type, without

35, “loose,” for lose. Luke ii. 2, tinction; an innovation for which no governor of Syrian," for Syria. excuse can be offered, unless it be Luke vi. 8,

new," for knew. 2 that of extreme ignorance or parsi. Cor. iii. 3, “ written not with ink, mony.

but with the spirits of the living • Añolher edition which I have God,” (for spirit.) Coloss, i. 7, Jately seen is remarkable for a gross" your faithful minister,” for you a deception at the very threshold; not, faithful, &c. Eph. iv. 4, " This is I fear, unprecedented, but which is one body," for There is one body. not on that account less reprehensi. Deut. xxxii. 12, on strange ble ; for though we are expressly Cod," for no strange God. Lev. xvi. told that it contains Notes, the words 5, “ children Israel," for children of " with notes forming a prominent Israel. Ps. xxxv. 11, “raise up,” part of the title-page, yet there is for rise up. « Ps. lxxxix. 19, not a vestige of a note to be found "speakest,” for spakest. Gen. xxviii. in the whole volume. What the ob- 2, " Pardan-aram,” for Padan-aram, ject of this species of fraud is, they &c. &c. The punctuation, moreover, who practise it can best tell; but as far as my examination went, was surely if ever falsehood appears very incorrect. under an aspect of peculiar hateful- I am aware, bowever, that the ness and disgust, it must be when it Bibles which issue from the authoris employed to usher into the world ised sources are not exempt from the sacred word of Divine truih. similar blemishes: but the public

It may not be considered irrele- has the satisfaction to know, that no vant to mention here, that, when designed departure can be there adthis edition was put into my hands milted (and it is there alone that we at my bookseller's, a grus typogra- can possess this confidence); while a phical error happened to meet my hope may reasonably be entertained, eye; which induced me to go that, by ihe stereotype process lately, through the whole chapter in which adopted, all the accidental errors of


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thie press, which may have hitherto ing distemper, though their intellect escaped detection, will gradually is clear, and they honger and thirst disappear. To promote this de- for the bread of life just on the sirable end, it is my design, as I threshold of eternity. bave leisure, to examine their seve

AN ELDERLY GENTLEWOMAN. ral stereotype editions, and to communicate to the respective parties whatever remarks I may find neces: To the Editor of the Christian Obsertet. sary.

In the hope that an effectual re- Will you allow an old British Sea. medy to the evil complained of' will nian 10 occupy a small space in your be speedily applied,' by those to valuable and truly useful iniscellany, whom it belongs to watch over the or at least to engage a few minutes spiritual concerns of the kingdom, of your attention? I remain, your's,

i no more expect, sir, to see the VERAS. wavy honours of a naval flag flying

over my head: but I am fully

aware that the Christian banner in To the Editor of the Christian Observer. always displayed, and that, uader As the object of the Christian Ob. its benign, though powerful, direcserver is to do good, I will make no tion, there is neither superannuation apology for addressing him on a nor hall.pay; that neither wounds subject which needs neither interest nor infirmities can plead a monient's to recommend nor eloquence to dereliction of duiy; and that the enforce it. Among the numerous Christian Warrior must remain in charities of the religious world, so active service, as long as the voyage eminent and so honourable to a of his life may endure. Christian land, there is one which At the present moment, the ber still seems to be imperiously re- nevolence and munificence of the quired. A number of persons exist British public have been elicited by among the poor who are capable of the pure flame of vital religion, the reading from education, and eager blessed influence of which is rapidly to read from inclination; whose eye- expanding as far as the range of man sight is become dim with nge or caut penetrate; and my brother infirmity. I know several of that sailors now pursue their voyages description. To them the Bibles and charged with ihe rich freight of the Testaments, as well as Prayer-books Word of Life, and may boast, with and Tracts, in the common print, are honest and warm exultation, that given in vain! Some of them are they are the means of spreading the unable to read them, even could truih from pole to pole. May the they afford spectacles; for such it reflection sink deep into their minds, would be an act of Christian charity and produce such happy effects on to provide Bibles and Testaments, their conduct as to make them the Prayer-books, with suitable Tracts, nuissionaries of example as well as (perhaps prayers in a large print the messengers of glad tidings to all with Scripture extracts), in a black the world! large letter, which they might easily In truth, Mr. Editor, the extended distinguish; and this is the more operations of the Society for prorequired, as many a tedious bour moting Christian Koowledge, and must they often pass unnoticed and the energetic co-operators of moderu despised by the world. This plan days, must atförd an animated glow would be also of importance to the of satisfaction to the thinking mind, sick, whose rooms are generally and make the pious Christian exult darkened, and whose eyes become in witnessing a period, second in dim in the course of a long, finger- religious consequence to none, since Christ. Observ. No. 150.

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our blessed Master first sent his The two cases mentioned, of a prince disciples to preach to all nations. and a judge, are most powerful;

We see how much has been done and I should think that an Antiin this good cause; and in this la- Sabbath-breuking Society would be bour of love, as well as in all other a most useful undertaking; and, labours, one step gained points should their attention be once called out the next which it is requisite to seriously to the subject, I should attain in our approximation towards hope that the prince would be the the heights of Christian perfection. patron and president, and the judge

The rich and the great, who have a worthy member. so nobly contributed to expand the May I be allowed to call to the powers of the human mind, and to recollection of those who give a make known the Word of God to Bible or Prayer-book to a poor man, all mankind, have only now to seal that one of the most striking comthe bond of their good deeds by the mands contained in it is, beyond a stamp of example. The original of doubt, the Fourth Commandment ; more than one of our beneficent and it is one which, in its nature, societies of instruction and expansion most powerfully altracts the attenof Christian knowledge have,

tion of those to whom its effects are far as my information extends, doubly blessed, as uniting relief originated in your pages. Let me from Tabour with the means and then, through their extensive me- leisure of worshipping God in the dium, propose Societies of Example- great congregation, and having their societies of the rich and powerful duties explained to them. to show the poor and needy, that Now, sir, would any of the noble their faith in the holy Books which patrons of the Bible Society ever their bounty distributes is pure and make a journey on a Sunday without upfeigned.

evident necessity, if they once I was very much pleased with the reflected, how many persons they admirable advice on the subject of deprive of the only time they would example, given in your Observer otherwise bave had to read that for September, 1813; and, although Sacred Volume which they have so that advice is addressed peculiarly bountifully bestowed? I will not to those who are in boly orders, 'encumber your pages by stating the surely it is most applicable to all probable number of bostlers, drivers, who are set as beacons for the many waiters, &c. &c. they thus keep to observe, and may well be received from church, but just offer one by all who, by means of lheir pa- supposed contrast. tronage and subscription, are, al- Let us imagine a nobleman, in the though laymen, so usefully employ- course of his journey, shewing such ed in instructing the ignorant and an obedience to the Divine laws, and rescuing those ihat are in error such respect for religious institufrom the power of darkness. Why tions, as to stop during the Sunday, should not each alike resolve, and attend Divine worship at the To live in act; and be, in thoughi,

nearest church. Let him calculate A comment on the trullis he taught?"

how many persons this conduct

would enable to attend to the duties The same Number of your work of the day. This he can calculate; (p. 571) offers a fair subject to but I can assure bim, that the tone propose, as the basis of one of these of such an example would be beexemplary societies: I mean, the yond his calculation or belief, and profanation of the Lord's day by as superior to the effects of the most journeys of mere pleasure, or such benevolent earthly charity, as the as are undertaken without absolute blessings of a boundless eternity are necessity or purposes of charity to the transient enjoyments of time,



But, sir, it suits better with my " I believe you love to go to babits and acquirements to offer a church, Barny ?"_" I do.” suggestion, than to expatiate on the Why do you love going to means of execution. This I submit church?. " I hear the word, I to yourself, and your able corre- hear good words there." spondents.

" What do you hear?”_"I hear I remain, sir, &c.

that the blood of Jesus washes C. C.C. away my sins, all my sins.

Do you love Jesus Christ,

Barny?"_" I do, sir." To the Editor of the Christian Observer. love him?”_ He is precious to

" How do you know that you I ENCLOSE you a paper,


me.though it is not dated, must, I

" Do you ever recollect, Barny, think, from its situation in my

when he was not precious lo you."

" I do.” journal of occurrences, have been written in the close of the year

" Do you ever pray to God, 1801. It is word for word, as nearly Barny?"-" I do, sir, 'in secret, as recollection at the time enabled coming along.” me to write it down, the substance

" Do you think God hears you of a conversation which passed be

" I do."

do tween me and a poor man, all whose


think sop"__" He connections were Catholics, but who puts it into the people's hearts to constantly altended my church him. help memehe summer when I bad self. I will not, however, anticipate

scarce a morsel to eat." his character, which will appear who brought you through the dear

“ You think, then, it was God from the recital,

summer?"-" It was." Ertract from passing Occurrences. Barny! are you afraid to die?” “ There is a poor man who con

" If my soul was sate, I would stantly frequenis my church. Oo wish to die-the night*. no public occasion, unless prevented

“ Why, Barny! would you wish by illness, have I missed him out of to die, and go into the grave?it. His wame is Barny, and he

- I would I would wish to be is generally esteemed a surt of idiot: with my Lord.” yet simple as he evidently is, his “ Barny, do you recollect, when knowledge in spiritual things is I was a child you used to speak enough to shame many a wiser

bad words : do you say any

bad head. He gets his subsistence by

words now?"_" No, no !” (With going among the parishioners, who emphasis.) make an annual subscription for

Are you sorry for having him to procure bim clothes *. Have talked these bad words?”'_I aming just come to make his usual ap. very sorry.. plication to me on this subject, and Barny! Does any person talk Amanda having remarked to me,

with you about religion," that she had observed Barny apparently much affected by parts of

“ How have you then learned to my discourses, which she conceived give me these answers? "_" I learn he could not understand, I resolved by the blood of Jesus Christ, that he to seize the opportunity of inquiring will wash away my sins--And the from himself, 'whether he received Lord God wash away all my sins any benefit from coming to church. that I have committed.” The following is the conversation

The reader will be inclined to that passed between us :

think, that Barny, whose action and

The niglit-i. e. this night: I should * We have po poor gates in Ireland, think it wrong to amend Barny's language.

-No per


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