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the riote , he intentionally omitted the most material part * Secondly , that when the learned Theologus gives what he calls the meaning of the note , I firmly
believe that he knew full well , the very time , that what he says is the meaning , is not and could not possibly be the meaning of the wr iters . And , thirdly , that when
the learned Theologus affirms of his garbled extract and false interpretation , that he believes this to , he a fair specimen of the notes , I dm decidedly of opinion , that he did not believe it , but that he knew the contrary * From all which oremises , we may justly
conclude , that though Theologus is a very , very learned man indeed , yet , that his profound learning does not always secure him from making very extraordinary and unaccountable assertions .
Unfortunate editors of the Improved Version ! you have been roughly handled , as might reason * ably be looked for , in the camp of the snemy . You have been
USTJMATE OF STRICTURES ON THE IMPROVE © VERSIOH O * THE NEW TESTAMENT , LETTER IV .
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository *
July 13 , 1810 . SIR , Though the eclectic reviewer is tolerably satisfied with the general punctuation of the I . V , he objects , however , to some instances of it : those which he brings forward are 1 Tim , iii- 16 . Rom , ix . 5 . John xii . 27 ; the first of which he had before noticed . As to Rom . ix . 5 . I prefer , aftei much consideration , the punc-Juation and translation of the edi »
tors of the I . V . to any other / " 1 he conjecture of Sclichtingius * plausible and ingenious as it may be , is conjecture still ; and , in my judgment , is inadmissible into the text . In putting a full point after < rdpKoc , in rendering xofld crdLpxa by natural descent , and not , with the E . R , " in regard to his human nature , " and in ' taking the ^ remaining words as a devout apostrophe , nothing is done which , I conceive , the soundest criticism will not warrant *
wounded , where you did not expect it , in the house of your friends * You have found few gene * rous advocates to plead your cause . But from no quarter have you sustained a m 6 re unfair and uru
feeling attack , than from the rude tomahawk of this learned savage . My advice to you is , as you cannot consistently with the l $ ws of civilized war , and a proper regard to your honest reputation ,
retaliate upon your adversary with his own weapons , that for the present you keep quiet in your trenches , arid suffer the storm to pass over your heads . It is a brutnm Julmen which can do you no harm . In the mean time
place your confidence for ultimate success in the goodness of your cause , in the energy of truth , in the slow but sure operation of time to subdue prejudice , and in the blessing of heaven upon honest exertions to enlighten and to bene . fit mankind . CRITO .
S 5 O Estimate of Strictures on the Improved Version . —Letter 4 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 390, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/14/