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book I have mentioned , it is probable I should never have entered upon this delightful study . Nothing , I think , would more conduce to facilitate the acquisition of the Greek language without a master , than reprinting- this praais , or one upon the same plan , with appropriate references to an
established Grammar . I hope Dr . Jones will excuse me in here suggesting to him , that if he would do it with suitable references to his Orammar , 1 think he would ; do an acceptable
service to those « rho wish to enter upon this study . Should he or any of your learned readers , feel disposed to render this service to the unlearned , I shall have great pleasure in sending to him the old book I have mentioned .
which is now become unnecessary to me . With the above praaris , I should think no other books necessary at the commencement but a Greek
Testament and Grammar , and a small pocket Greek and English Lexicon , by J . Bass ( sold by Baldwin and Co ., price 4 $ ) . This would be rendered much more useful to the closet student
at his outset , by a vocabulary , English and Greek , of the v ^ rbs used in the Greek Testament . Without the aid of such a Vocabulary , nay difficulties would have been increased . There is frequently considerable difficulty for a
beginner to find out which word in a sentence is the verb : this difficulty cannot , I apprehend , be estimated by a person who has acquired the language in the usual way . With the books I have mentioned ,
I think any gentleman or lady , or any person in business , might , by dedicating half an hour or an hour a day to it , soon be able to read the Greek Testament . It is now three years since I began ; my plan at first was to take a verse or two daily , ( though
with very frequent interruptions , ) but I find that I can now get on to fifteen or twenty , and sometimes with very little aid from my Lexicon . My progress would have been more rapid , but I have endeavoured to make myself master of the Latin Testament at
the same time . Should health and life be spared to me for two or three years longer , I trust that I shall , without" any additional labour or time , be enabiM to rekd the New TeAtamerit in
Latin or Greek with the same facility as in English . From habit I find this employment rather a pleasure than a labour to me . If the being able to read the sacred duties and records of our religion in their original language is not a
sufficient inducement to persons of leisure to engage in this study , none more powerful can be advanced . I should rejoice to see my beloved countrywomen engage in it with the ardour it deserves ; such an event might be regarded as a kind of completion of those important prophecies concerning the latter days , " when many shall run to and fro , and knowledge shall be increased , " and when ' all shall know the Lord . "
It was my intention when I sat down , to offer some remarks on the letter of your correspondent Hellenistes , ( pp . 205—207 , ) but I find I must postpone these to some future opportunity , having already intruded more than I intended upon the time of your readers .
5 $ 6 Mr . Wright on hi * Tract on the Prodigal Son *
Trowbridge , Sir , September 12 , 1823 . NOT being convinced by Mrs . Mary Hughes ' s strictures on my last Tract on the parable of the Prodigal Son , ( p . 395 , ) that my views of the parable , and * in particular of the
character of the elder brother , are erroneous ; and thinking some of that lady ' s remarks to be founded in , misconception y it seems proper for me to offer a few words in reply . I have been prevented doing this sooner by several circumstances , and in particular by a dangerous illness , which disabled me for all exertion for some
days . The high respect I entertain for jVlrs . H . ' s character , liberality in the Unitarian cause , and benevolent labours for the good of others , leads me to value the estimation in whicb > she says * she holds me and my works ;
and nothing but a sense of the importance of right views of what our Lord taught , could induce me to controvert the correctness and propriety of tor remarks , and , to point ; out wherein / think her mistaken . My doiiig ^ will , 1 tru ^ t , give her , ntjpMWf ^ believe the promotion o £ truth « w
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 566, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/6/