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of our prisons , decfai ^ the con ^ tmxy * ^ _ .... --., ' . , , - . , -: ^ fie invention of printin g gave a naightjr impulse to tfase progress of the haniaa mind in the beat
and souadest knowledge , hn vain * however ,, does this noble art multiply copies of books of the greaU est value * unless we have a po « pulation capable of reading them .
Such an event , such a spectacle , we appear to be on the point of beholding- Wisdom * and humanity , therefore , patriotism &i \< k re ^ ligion , call upon us to avail ou * v selves of a season and of
circumstances , so favourable for ad vane ing the education of our species . ; ' N . ,
Estimate of Dr . Watts as a Scriptural Critic Jan . 18 j 1814 . Sir , Having been gratified and instructed by the < c Strictures on
a recent publication of Mr . Palmer ' s '* in your last Volume ( pp . 715 and 768 ) , I reguet , as much as N . or yourself } can d % that my long . respected acquainttairce did not survive ,, to examine
them ,: and to re-couaider * tbe sub * ject ofi his pamphlet . Your carrespottdent ,, atp , 7 * 21 ? while he does justice to u the learning and assiduity , the genius 1 and talents of I > jt Watts , " has Av ^ lhisppreciated tiie merit of his
writrdgs for cboisenesa of script ural research-. " Perhaps , it would not be easy-to find another learned theologian in any comrauniau , who had written , so mlicit , on
Christian topics , and yet liaKi done so little to elucidate , the phraseow logy of bcripture , or to ascertain the true reading uf the origintil
records , withewtt reference to any system of faith-i Mhetf # & pbwSy ? Vfa&tsf was preptoerf m ^^ wSoeiA the latter impctftiftfO service tb > Chnstiarpty r appeat ^ : # onr fiM
notices g 6 * thm H&nvmtpfWR&- nessei ^ ^ , iswnparrsiaA v / f ^^^^ - ^ H ^ ' - ' qoinesof his corttewporari ^ , Emlyn and Newton ^ dr the hesitation of Jris friend Dioddridg ^ . ^ © iv tll ^ ¦¦¦
subject ; . ' =: r- ; . ^ , ' . ; - « '•; -. ' '•>• . ' : -- ^^ In ; his SenBOiT entitl ^ ^ 'Fhp-Scale of Bless ^ d nes ^ or B 4 essed 'Saiats ^ Bliessedi Saviour , anffi Blessed Trmity f % Mvffi ^ fcfish&Jf in 172 ^ wefe ^ h ^ h ^ i « feht ) # v ^« p
about fid > * ye « fs of % nge ^ Watti ^ Ha ^" ving ? quoted 1 John' ^ 7 * ad ^ f ^ < fc which textI ; iD ^ li « y ^ ? ta te ati k ttentic and dmme , andth * it i ^ p ^ ik just reasons , notwlth ^ a ud ing ^ all . - the cavils and criticisms thafcii ^ B ^ endeavoured to blot it out of Sffe ^
bibie . Woifes , 8 VI >^ •¦ WtOP ' » 'ljP 148- - ¦ - ¦ - ¦ : ¦ : ¦•¦ - ¦ y . Ws - & ! ifri % Again * - in his « C \ m $ ti&t ©<^ ¦ -
tra « e of the Tnnity , ' published ^ in I ?«« i be quotes the t ^ S ^ tS ^ f the language of " the ap < &tte'Ji > kfi ' speakings of tli ^ hdiy ^ i ^ S % ^^^^ t bus remarks ^ : ^ * Fhifc - ^ telMl * ^ e ^ hath ? been the subject of m ^ d ^ cavik and ¦ disputes , whtethcr ^ ifr : tl
were written origmtlty '" ' b ^ - 4 apostie , or whether it w ^ iie ixotfV > foisted into the scriptupe msom ^ later ages ; but ^ tcponfc ther te » t examination we = cam irut 4 we I thinh
there are good reasons to apprdvfc i t apostolical . " 14 . v ± 4 ni » - • I am aware that imtcto has been * done ^ , of late years to astute this * question , Yet r I ^ think , it mig ^ t - be ? safely * left to a modern * le « tftte « t ^ Urinitwian to decide , \ thetliQr . i& *
the age of : Watts , a ; diligent , : | W ^ M ticai inquirer , uoihacfcled ^ by sjfs ^ - tern , might not have diaa > vere < A - w ^ ightjv ^ ^ A |« eponderatiiiB
15 O Ettwtatt ef JDr . fffafcte as a Scriptural Critic .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1814, page 150, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2438/page/14/