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In summing up its judgment of the I . V . we find / ' says the court of the Eclectic Review , no reason to withhold the praise due to integrity and fidelity in the ge''neral execution of the work .
Such a 'decision . ^ from such a tribunal , must , I am convinced , be gratifying to the editors . With what views and feelings the critic began his undertaking ) was completely manifest from liis style , and from his classification of this
version with the N . T . on the plan of the late Mr . Evarison . " But , now , after no careless examination , truth compels him not to withhold the paise due to integrity and ^ fidelity in the general execution of the work /
That the critic should dislike the notes , was to be expected : that he » should not conceal his disapprobation oftKem ., was natural . Yet 9 perhaps ^ there are those of his readers who will conceive that
he has himself evinced some portion of QC dogmatical self-complacency / ' in what he has written concerning this division of the labours of the editors . He considers it as
extraordinary , that Sthleusner is not inserted in the short list of lexicons &c , subjoined to the Introduction , The fact , I believe , is , that the catalogue was copied verbatim frotn Newcome . who , probably .
did not possess Schleusnet ' s wofrk , which , if my recollection is accurate , was either ' introduced to English scholars or generally circulated among them , in consequence of Dr . Marsh having described and recommended it in
one of his notes to Michaelis . ' The appositeness of the reviewer ' s concluding quotation I cannot perceive : no raaa can say that
Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Spirit . " That text represents the situation of believers in the apostelic age , whose observation and experience of the miraculous powers denominated the holt / spirit ^ abundantly satisfied them of the messiahship of their master .
Mr . Nare& ' s remarks , Shy on the I . V . or rather on the notes accompanying it , are too desultory and voluminous to be examined at length and with propriety in your pages . Much as I
admire his sincerity and zeal I meet with little in his boqk that demands particular attention * What chiefly strikes me is , that that he does not duly appreciate the labours of Griesbach . Dr .
Wells' translation , which he so much applauds , and with which I am not wholly unacquainted ^ is entitled , certainly , to great praise
But we owe to Griesbach ) and to scholars like Griesbach ) the best illustrations of the best principles of sacred criticism . If we know
that the received text is more cor ^ rect than some imagine ) it is to him that we are indebted fot a rational assurance of the fact . Of the low state of biblical bteratiire long after tile revival of learn , ing , I 'will put down two memo-, rable instances in an Appendix to
this letter . I thank your reviewer of the I . V . for correcting any misapprehensions of his meaning into which
I had inadvertently fallen . To your readers I submit , whether the Country Schoolmaster has not again shewn ) in his recent letter , how difficult it is for him to
discriminate , between the office of a translator and that of an interpre . ter of the N . T . I shall make the same appeal to them concern-
Estimate of Strictures on tie Improved Version * —Letter 4 . 395
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 393, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/17/