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ing Theologus . It will be theirs also to determine , I whether he with truth accuses me of endeavouring to recommend the I . V * by general encomiums on its excellencies ? No : had I dealt in either
general encomiums or general censures , I , most probably , should not have been favoured with his notice . It will be in your recollection , Sir that I aimed at vindicating the I . V . from his strictures : nor will you have forgotten that I taxed him with
inconsistency in his blaming the editors , in one sentence , for not being so confident in their own abilities , as to produce an entirely new version , and yet for his intimating , in another , that they are deficient in sound critical talents . »
Grateful for your indulgence , and that of your readers , I remain , Sir , Your ' s , &c , 1 N-
COMMUNICATIONS FROM CALCUTTA ; BY MR » GIBSON ,.
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
London ^ July 24 . $ ir A gentleman of my acquaintance took with him on a voyage that he lately made to Calcutta , a copy of the Improved Version of the New Testament . He there
found a small society of Unitarian Christians , to one of whom he gave it . The enclosed letter of acknowledgment and the note accompanying it , I beg leave to offer
to you for insertion in the M . R . as the best means of conve ying to the editors the remarks of two of the members of this society , and likewise as it will afford your readers a high gratification to learn that Christian truth has reached so remote a possession of the British iempire . I , am , Sir , Yours , &c > T , GIBSON .
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To J . B . B . Esq . Calcutta , Jfan . lo , l 8 lO « Dear Sir , Allow me again to return you mj most sincere acknowledgments for your most acceptable donation of the Improved Version of the New Testament ; and to avail myself of your kind offer to convey a remark I had made on a note in
it , to the gentlemen who edited or translated the work . It has been my happiness to establish here a very small society of Unitarian Christians , and with the assistance of one of my friends the ao companying note has been produced , founded on my observations on a note in the above work , which I request you to get conveyed to the editors .
Accept of every good wish for your health and prosperity , and for a safe and speedy passage to Old England . I am , dear Sir , Yours very truly , W . G . W .
Improved Version of the New testament , frinted by Richard Baylor % in Shoe JLaney 1808 . If a right opinion of the per sen of our Saviour be considered of importance , * true and just conception of m % f * v >* r o *
APPENDIX . Grotius , on Luke ix . 55 , and in other parts of his Annotations , cites the Codex Bezce under the vague designation of * Manuscriptus qui in Arrgli& est ; " and
Archbishop Tillotson , speaking also generally of this MS . as omitting the clause iC far the son of man ? &c /* is almost led , by his zeal against popery , to accuse the Romanists of being the authors of the omission ! For the true state of the text in this passage , see Griesbach , Newcome and the I . V ,
394 Communications from Calcutta ; by Mr . Gibson *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 394, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/18/