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trimitivut in Answer to Mr * Jones * Sir , Under the signature , Primitivus , I took the liberty to send you some remarks on Mr . WafcefieldN
translation of Acts xx . 28 . and on his note justifying the text which he had adopted , and the rendering of that text which he had furnished . The whole appeared 4 c me extraordinary , and had excited my astonishment on every
perusal . Dr . Middleton , whom I had uot then perused on that pas-? age , had recommended the note to his readers as amusing , in a spirit , I believe , far less friendly
to the reputation of Gilbert Wakeiield , ( ban that which actuated fne , who can truly say , that I retard the fame of that eminent scholar only less than the cause of tfiith .
Mr . Jones has animadverted on njy communication with some warmth , Which I do not reprehend , M he must be affected by feelings not common to us both . It be . came the pupil to hold his shield before a tutor , from whose aid he could not fail to derive abundant
advantage , and whose friendship he probably enjoyed . To rne Mr . Wakefteid presented himself as a Crjtif onl y * « tnd I truly stated my Qpimqq of him in that character , lyjhidh : I . sfUll retain , as my remarks remain in their full force , and the
iransja . tiaa t $ d note cannot now fc $ cancelled , nor , it seenjs , defen d *^ . " - y I cannot , however , refrain from ^ iflig W $ gjr 4 # 1 % * it was not post - ible to speak without disparage-
ment of Mr . W . ' s critical skilf and judgment , when commenting on his labour on the text in question . What is to be done when a learned man has committed his literary fortune on the ocean of criticism ? Must his
errors be left unreproved , when they even materially affect the in * terest of the truth ? How long is tenderness to restrain us ? How far is the grave , at Mr . Jones ' s appeal to which I was sensibly affected , a fortress in which important mistakes are to find shelter ? I can say truly , that if I could
have given my opinion with one grain of severity less than I have employed , if I have employed any , without shewing the truth a less strenuous countenance than I thought its importance deserved , 1 would gladly have so done * I ft the mean time , I observe that mercy is demanded with little grace for Mr . WakefieJd , who never shewed any , and would ,
prabably have disdained to accept it ; and especially when demanded by Mr . Jones , who , I believe , will be
allowed , by those who have pe * rused his interesting and very in * genious works , and even his
attack on Griesbach , in his answer to my paper , to have handled the dead and the living with no great portion of placidity and favour . But these personal concerns are
of little moment . The subject in discussion is of too great weight to afford them room * 1 will , therefore ^ proceed , without further delay , to show the fallacy of Mr . Jones * a reasoning , as far as lam concerned , and to offer tberefe *
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 521, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/33/