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any other language than what is act of defence I solely restricted consistent with the most scrupulous myself; my object was simply to regard to truth. I might add that prove that the desertion so confisuch a deviation, knowingly com- dently asserted, was a gratuitous mitted, would appear to me doubly supposition, and in opposition to reprehensible, in proportion as the decided fact; but that the clergy of object of the institution is of so the Established Church generally sacred a nature, and so many ob- supported the institution, I never vious topics present themselves, in maintained. It is not for me to strict alliance with truth, on which undertake the vindication of others. to ground an appeal to public pa. who are so competent to plead for tronage and support. The part of themselves; but I must confess, the Rev. Mr. Boudier's speech to though I listened with the utmost wbich I exclusively confined my degree of attention to the several comments, was, where that gentle- principal addresses, I cannot recall man asserted, that however a con. to my memory the language attrisiderable proportion of distinguish- buted to Mr. Spooner. Mr. Dudley ed characters, and dignitaries of and myself saw no published acour Church might originally have count of the proceedings, but what given to the British and foreign was contained in the provincial Bible Society, the sanction of their paper, which abounded with so name and support, that sanction many inaccuracies, and was altobad for the most part been subse- gether so loose and imperfect a dequently withdrawn. I have often lipeation of what we delivered, that had occasion to observe how unac. we both expressed our formal proquainted the opponents of the So- test against it. With respect to ciety are with the existing state of the “ Sketch of the Proceedings,”. its history and operations, and as I must beg not to be considered reoften cherisbed the persuasion, that sponsible for what I never saw, and a candid examination of both must did not revise. But I trust I niay necessarily lead to a renunciation of be allowed to add that I never wit. the prejudices entertained against nessed a public meeting, where an it. The assertion of Mr. Boudier avowed opponent (for so Mr, Bouwas so opposed to fact, as to ex dier proclaimed himself to be), was cite, I believe, general astonish- treated with more decorum and rement; and without wishing to im- spect; where his remarks were lispute to him any thing beyond an tened to with more patience; or unintentional error, yet it was an answered with more forbearance ; error of such magnitude, and so and every objection more candidly calculated to prejudice the subject, and dispassionately considered. In that I availed myself of the first one of his arguments, as will ap. opportunity to correct so palpable pear by a reference to his speech, a misrepresentation. In refutation he strenuously urged, that there of it I enumerated the distinguished was no necessity for the proposed names that are to be found on the Society, because Warwick was ade. list of the parent Society's vice- quately supplied with the Scrippresidents, containing no less than tures ; whereas the specific object eleven prelates; and in proof that of the meeting was the establishthis was uot a mere nominal sanc- ment of a County Society; at the tion, I further submitted to the meet- same time its applicability to War-' ing some recorded and well authenti- wick itself, may be inferred from the cated testimonies of their cordial and following fact, that though Mr. avowed approbation. Such is the Boudier assumed only 200 Bibles real statement of the case. To this were wanted, in a population of
8000 souls, (a circumstance which experience its projected destruction I do not believe can be asserted with by the sure and more efficacious truth, of any town throughout the operation of the poison, kingdom) it was officially stated at
T. S. GRIMSHAW. the public meeting, as the result of Burton Latimer, Jan, 19, 1822. a survey, and that only a limited one, that 270 families were found to be wholly destitute of the sacred To the Editor of the Remembrancer. Scriptures. Without entering upon is
SIR, further topics, allow me to express an earnest hope, with a candour HAVING understood that the Sowhich I trust will neither be misiu- ciety for the Building and Enlarg. terpreted nor resented, that if the ing of Churches, did not interfere Bible Society is doomed to continue in the management of any building the fruitful source of controversy, to which they made a donation, it it may be suffered, so far as that was not without surprize, that I controversy may be admitted within learnt a prejudice existed in some the pages of a “ Christian Remem- party of the kingdom against the brancer," to be conducted accord- Society upon this very ground. The ing to the rules of manly and legi. complaint which I have heard made tinate argument; and that no mo- against the Society is this, that tives be attributed, or imputations when the Committee of manage. cast, which the friends of the Bri- ment voted a sum of money towards tish and Foreign Bible Society can the erection of a Church, together consider to be a violation of per- with their money, they sent an arsonal courtesy, or as militating chitect, who took the whole maagainst the still more sacred require. nagement of the proposed building ments of truth. I would respectfully upon himself, and in some cases allude to passages such as these, had involved the parties concerned in the number for December last, in so much additional expence, that as infringing upon this principle. instead of being benefited, they were « Among the former were the whole in fact injured by their application body of the Dissenters, and of the to the Suciety. Churchmen who admire and resemble I have also heard dissatisfaction the Dissenters." P.743. “ Was not expressed, and an objection raised the Bible Society instituted for the against a proceeding of the Society purpose of uniting them (the Dis- for Promoting Christian Knowledge. senters) gradually to the Church.” The objection is founded on an P: 749. á Besides it may be fairly idea, that the funds of the So. questioned whether the rapid strides ciety are misapplied, in being made of Socinianism be so ungenial to the subservient to the circulation of sentiments of the Bible Society, as improper books. Such, for instance. your correspondent seems tu ima- as Robinson Crusoe, and others. gine." P. 724. ,
upon the Supplemental Catalogue, The weapons of controversy are which do not seem to be immedí. of themselves sufficiently keen and ately connected with religion. . pointed; and when we add to them I must confess to you that I susthe accompaniments of passion or pect both these reports to be the of unjust surmise, we resemble inventions of those who are labour. those tribes who are reported to ing to raise prejudices against all have tinged with poison the extre- genuine Church institutions ; howmity of their darts, that the breast, ever this be, they are getting into which might possibly escape the extensive circulation, and Ouglit effects of the weapon itself, might to be authoritatively refuted ; and
REMEMBRANCER, No. 38.
therefore if any of your corres- dom, than those Incumbents who pondents, who are well acquainted have received their preferment since with the proceedings of the above the year 1813. I am myself a Recintentioned Societies, will have the tor, and was obliged to allow my goodness to state whether there is Curate a stipend of €150 per anany real ground for them or not, he num, with the parsonage-house, and will confer an obligation upon many other advantages. I was induced, of your country readers, and parti also, conscientiously to make to the cularly upon your humble servant, Bishop a return of £1200 a year, as
C. N. the gross value of my living ; but,
owing to the extreme distress of the We are obliged to C. N. for ask- farmers, the utmost that I could ing these questions; and beg leave possibly collect, about a fortnight to return the following answers. since, for tithes due at Michaelmas
The Society for Building and En. last, was £139 158. 9d. and yet I larging Churches and Chapels, has am compelled to pay rates, tases, not interfered, either directly or in- &c. in addition to my Curate's directly, in the appointment of any salary. architect, builder, or surveyor; and I am, indeed, truly thankful, that its grants are laid out under the I possess other sources of income ; sole direction of the local autho- but many of my reverend brethren, rities, at whose request they are " who have laboured long in the voted.
vineyard, and borne the heat and The Society for promoting Chris- burden of the day,” will speedily tian Knowledge has not expended be ruined, unless my Lords the one single farthing in the circula- Bishops, take this matter into imtion of Robinson Crusoe, or of the mediate consideration, and do someother books of entertainment and thing effectual on the opening of instruction, to be found on its Sup- Parliament. plemental Catalogue. The pur- I wish not to excite any interest or chasers of such books pay for them compassion for certain individuals, at prime cost. The funds of the who leave others, without any plea Society are exclusively devoted to of necessity, to perform their sacred the distribution of religious public functions, while they themselves are cations.
spending the income of their respective livings in idleness and dissipation, or in wandering about from
place to place. I wish to call the To the Editor of the Remembrancer.
attention of the Legislature to the
very severe case of the aged and Sir,
infirm; of those, also, who have KNOWING your readiness to admit families to provide for, and who any thing into your very useful Mis- have obtained licences for non-resi. cellany, that is of essential interest dence, on account of chronic disto the Clergy, I beg leave most ear. eases, unhealthy situations, and nestly to call your attention to the other sufficient causes. present operation of the act 57 My case, I wish you to underGeo. III. “ For consolidating and stand, is by no means singular, with amending the Laws relating to spi, respect to the smalloess of the sum ritual Persons,” &c.
collected for tithes. The Clergy, Owing, Sir, to the very extra- in general, it may be said, will not ordinary changes which have taken this year, receive one-eighth of the place, particularly in the prices of sums compounded for. A Rector in all articles of agricultural produce, Kent, who is resident, and whose the Curates are in general better living was estimated at £1200 per provided for, throughout the king. annum, did not last year receive £170. If legal measures are re. : Does not this practice, in some sorted to for enforcing payment measure, account for the confident the landlord then immediately dis- assertions that we so repeatedly hear irains for arrears of rent, and the expressed by the most atrocious Clergyman is left without any re- criminals, of their hopes of salva. source whatever.
tion ? It would be wise then, in In giving this communication a our Judges to be more guarded in place in the Christian Remem their exhortations, because by enbrancer, you will represent the de- couraging hopes of salvation upon plorable case of hundreds of re- a late repentance, they necessarily spectable clergymen, and, perhaps, lessen the value of virtuous pracmay be the means of procuring for tice. them some speedy alleviation and Dec. 11, 1821. redress.
I am, Sir, your most obedient humble servant, CLERICUS. To the Editor of the Remembrancer.
Sir, To the Editor of the Remembrancer. I have no wish to discuss the
merits of the Bible Society, but as Sir,
it is impossible to judge of the proAs your valuable publication no priety of its Committee's acts, un. doubt meets the eyes of some of the less they are stated correctly, I, as learned judges of the land, if you a friend and member of that Sou will give place to the following re- ciety, request your insertion of a few marks in your next, you will much observations upon such versions of oblige your constant reader, . the Holy Scriptures as have been
Bila condemned as erroneous by some of When a singer has perpetrated your correspondents. such crimes as have repdered his A person who forms his opinion life a forfeit to the laws of his coun- of their proceedings from Alpha's try, it is the custom of the Judge, letter, must consider them either as after passing sentence of death upon purposely betraying their trust, or bim, strongly to exhort him to pass from ignorance incompetent to disthe few remaining hours of his life charge their duty; neither concluin prayer, and such other offices of sion, I feel confident, will be adopted religion, as may be most likely to by any candid person, who is really make his peace with God. This is acquainted with the subject, wheundoubtedly charitable and humane, ther he be friendly or hostile to the and done with the best intention, constitution of the Society. Its sole but does it not tend to confirm design is the circulation, to the the notion of the value and effi- greatest possible extent, of the cacy of a death-bed repentance? Word of God; and it is well known, and that, not only, in the mind of that it has pursued its object with the unhappy criminal himself, but unexampled zeal and activity, in in the minds also of the numerous every quarter of the globe. Conpersons, of all ages and descrip- sequently, in many languages, it has tions, who are usually collected to been under the necessity of adoptgether in a court of justice, and ing new translations, but in most who, perhaps, are more likely to Christian countries, approved ver. be affected by the short, but solemn, sions have been in use before the address and manner of the Judge, Society's existence, and these it has than by the best discourse delivered printed verbatim, judging that if the from the pulpit.
version recommended was, upon the whole, a faithful copy of the ori- text does, the doctrines of the Reginal text, it would be inexpedient formed Church. I learn from your to sanction any private correction of note to my former comununication, it, though aware that the very best that I am mistaken in supposing is capable of improvement. Thus, that the Society for promoting at home, it has pledged itself to Christian Knowledge had printed distribute no other in the English Ostervald's version. The reason of language, than the version of our this I presume to be, because Marown Church; and abroad, it has tini's is used in Guernsey and Jersey, printed for Roman Catholics, ap- and not disapprobation of the transproved translations from the Vul- lation, for Ostervald was much congate, - in France, De Sacy's ; in nected with the Society, and his Italy, Martini's; and in Spain, that Reflections upon the Bible, in two of Father Scio, who was the tutor large volumes, which were originally of the present Sovereign. The published by the Society, are still Society's Protestant Spanish Testa- upon its list. Of course, such a ment is an exact reprint from that work will much more fully convey of Sebastian de la Enzina, published his sentiments than his Bible. I apat Amsterdam, in 1708. It is said prehend that upon enquiry, it would to be only the revision of a much be found, that he was not a Calearlier one by Cassiodore de Reyna, vinist, though a minister of the Reprinted at Basil in 1569, described formed Church. by some as following that of Eras- Alpha describes the Icelanders as mus, but by Father Simon as in. heart-broken by the alterations made Auenced by that of Geneva. The in the version published by the same critic speaks in more favour: Bible Society. This is a strong able terms than is usual with him, expression ; but he does not stale of the Italian Bible of Diodati, upon what authority the information which, notwithstanding his residence rests, and he does not intimate that there, and his connection with Beza, he has himself visited the island. has been less affected by that Re- Mr. Henderson, who went there for former's Latin Testament, than our the purpose of distributing the own authorized version.
Scriptures, uses very different lanThere are two Bibles in use guage. He allows, indeed, that in among the French Prostestants; in the edition of 1807, a number of Paris that of Ostervald, and Mar. orthographical alterations were intini's in the southern and western troduced, together with several new provinces. Your Caen correspon- words and phrases, which appeared dent is surprised at the Society's better to the corrector of the press, preference of the former, but it has Justiciary Thorkelin, than those in fact showo no partiality; for it found in the former edition. Had has printed both. It probably is Mr. Henderson stopt here, we might not known by him, that whatever have drawn Alpha's conclusion; but variation there may be between he continues in the next sentence, them, neither is an independent “ it must be allowed, at the same original work. The only Protes- time, that the alterations are of no tant translation is that of Olivetan, great importance, and would not as early as 1535, which was used, have been mentioned here, had it and afterwards corrected by Calvin; not been that they are disapproved it has been revised several times, of by the generality of the Iceand was modernized and altered landers, who are, nevertheless, both by Martin and Ostervald, in the thankful for the gift, and peruse it Jast century; but I am not aware with assiduity and profit.” This that either has strained any passage observation applies to the first edito favour, more than the original tion. In 1818, the Bible was printed