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ISSUED IN NUMBERS, ONE HALFPENNY EACH.
EDITED BY JOSEPH FOULKES WINKS.
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. F. WINKS.
Doctor Thomas Godwin
The First Printed English Bibles 1 Sir Isaac Newton and the
The Old White Meeting-house 133
65 Hammering out a Character 66
65 A Prize found by Reading a Bible 67
77 A Tract in the Sole of a Shoe
88 Either Christ was an Imposter,
Our True Guide
in God's Vineyard
What is your Life?
The Saints Heavenly Home
ANECDOTES & SELECTIONS.
The Cross of Christ
Thy Soul-Oh Man-thy soul!
The Authority of the People 79
The First Methodist Sermon
Come to Christ
Power of Prayer
137 Pages.-11, 23, 34, 46, 59, 70,
Cold Winter Nights
The Dying Boy
Power of Mothers
The Lost Child
What would make Home happy
their Wives and Families
THE PENNY POST.
A Father's Greatest Trouble
101 To English Men and Women 45 101" Casting all your care on Him!" 58 102 The Village Uproar
The King who could not Smile 105
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
Cry and Cling
Death of a Great Man...
Pages.-23, 35, 47, 59, 71, 82,
21 Pages.-11, 23, 35, 47, 60, 71,
Pages.-11, 22, 34, 46, 70, 82,
104 Make Home Pleasant....... 115 Ah never! Ah no! The Cottager's Wife's Song 115 Boys-"Learn to Stoop" Hast Thou a Wife? 128 The Two Sisters... "Treasures hid in the Sand" 138 The Old Arm Chair
THE FIRST PRINTED ENGLISH BIBLES.
To an Englishman there is something peculiarly interesting in knowing how the first printed Bibles came into England; for they were not printed here but abroad, and sent over to this country. A young man, we take him to be, George Humphreys, jun., near Newtown, Montgomeryshire, has sent us a history, which he says he sketched out from an old Magazine, and wrote after " a hard days labour, and at other spare moments.' We thank him for what he has done, and so will our readers when they have read what now follows:
"William Tyndale's Translation of the New Testament, in which he was assisted by the learned John Fry and a friar named William Roye, (which last named person wrote for him, and helped him to compare the texts together, and was afterwards burned in Portugal) was printed at Antwerp in 1526, in octavo, without a name; and Mr. Tyndale added at the end an epistle, wherein he 'desired them that were learned to amende, if ought were founde amysse.' There were but 1500 copies printed of this first impression, which was the first printed edition of any part of the scriptures in English; and most of them being imported into England, they were industriously dispersed, and eagerly bought up and read. Bishop Tonstall issued an order, October 23, 1526, prohibiting the reading of it, and commanding all the copies to be brought in and burnt. One of the pleas was that the reading of it would make the people rebel against the king. Augustin Packington, also, an English merchant, was employed by the bishop to buy up all the copies of the English Testament which remained unsold: these being brought to England, were publicly burnt at Paul's cross. But this foolish policy (see 2 Sam. xv. 31, Job xv. 13.) only took off many copies which lay dead on Tyndale's hands, and put a good sum of money into his pocket, so that he was enabled to prepare another edition more correct than the former, which, however, was not printed till 1534. But of the first edition about 5,000 copies were reprinted in 1527 and 1528. This made the books more plentiful and cheaper than ever they were; at which Bishop Tonstall being amazed, he sent for Packington, and asked him how there came to be so many Testaments about, when he had promised he would buy them all? Packington answered, surely he had bought all that were to be had,