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attempted to prove tkatt the house of Hanover unlawfully possessed the throne , and tpa& all who obey « d them were morally crimijiai , >) ie ought not to be punished by law ?* * Government , ' said % * l * ax , < should answer the * book , but should not set its officers upon its author / * Hof he continued witn great animation , and rising from his seat ; * the more I think of it the more t am convinced of the
truth of my position ;—action , not principle , is the true object of government . ' In his excellent speech for the repeal of the Testy Mr . Eox adoptee ! this principle in its fullest extent ; and enforced and illustrated it with an admirable union of argument and eloquence . "— II . pp . 205- * - ? 207 . Z > r . Geddes and his Translation of the
Oid Testament . Ci subject leads to the mention of the version of the historical books of the Old Testament , by the late Reverend Alexander Geddes , LL . D . Dr . Geddes was a priest of fh * e Catholic Church , and ,
for several years , served a Catholic mission in Scotland . Incurring the displeasure of his bishop , he removed to London , and at first said mass in private families . After some time , he altogether abstained from the exercises of his sacred
functions , and dedicated himself to a new translation of the Scriptures , under the patronage of Lord Petre , the grandfather of the present lord . His lordship furnished the Doctor with a complete biblical library , and promised to allow him , during the time in which he should be engaged in his biblical undertaking , an
annuity of one hundred pounds . Double the amount of this sum , his lordship , whilst he lived , most regularly paid the Doctor . Tke . nrst volume of the Translation appeared in 1 ? 92 ; the second , and last , in 1797 . * iThey were accompanied by Notes under the text ; and by , a volume of Critical Observations . In these he
absolutely ^ dfehied the doctrine of fhe 4 iyi » e inspiratio n of tljie sacred writings , expressed hj * nself very slightingly on several opinions , universally received aiwj Irespected by tjie ^ church ^ and , generally adopted the German scheme of rauqnaji--zing the narrative of the Otd festpment . Kt The frequent levity of his expres * - sions was certainly f £ ry repugnant , nofc
only to th # rule ^ ojf religion , foat tp good sense . This fault hd carried in a still greater degree , into his conversation : it gave general Offence , Jtttf ,. tjibae who kneiy fiiift , wjiilfct they blamed and lanteiJtM Ms AKterrations ; did justice to Ms * # ta ^ g , to Bis trktfdljr ' -- hokrt and guileless ^ Splclty : JVlbst unjustly nas He beieh teiru ) 4 $ M txmeL W Srofesaed himself a ' Trinitarian ; i believer in the
resurrecHoH , itit «^ divine ^ origin , $ && divine ft ^ saioit ^ P Christ : iH UMpott ^ £ which he ptibti £ h&l £ Mm ® ' tracts . He also professed \ d > %€ &&& Htl W& idtfB&i &n& m ^ ii tm ^ k te ^^ bf t ^ Rbnia 5 m ( h € m m ® tcW- Hq ^ ^ Mr . * 8 ^ fe ^ r ^ a % m cre ^ d m ^ b ^ Vt && > $ &&& > for recede a # wbs geh ^ r ^ lly ^ h ^ mghf . Ilie e « trattgeipent o ^^ hfel ^ ffi ^^ wlft ^®^ was rtio $ t pain ' ruf Jo hi ^ ffeel&gS . l $ i £ writer has more thah onw witnes ^ fed : Ms
lamenting this circumstance , with great agitation , &tidk eyeir wffli bltte * tea ^ T c < The general opinion respiscMii ^ h ^ version appears to Be ^ ejfctfed . It h a # ^ nlitt ^ a to contain many B ^ py reridetitigd ; many just emendations of tfee text ; and many profound and irigeriio us
observations oil its ^ ettfee ; myl "fy d ^ scbver a profound knowledge of the Hebrew language . Btit the proprie ^ r of the greater -part , both of his e ^ ehdatiohjs and interpretations , has been questioned ^; the too . frequent levity of them we have already noticed . AnotJier considerable defect in Ms versron is , its tot&l vvraiit of
utirformity of style ; } ri this respect it yields to the Vulgate , in Which , although it was evidently executed bjr different hands , the vtdtus et color Hem , ar ^ throughout , admirably preserved . No translation " of the sacred volumes , riot even that of Hoiibigant , possesses this
excellence in ah eqttat' degree . In ever ^ page of the versioti bf I > bct 6 r Gedde ^ ^ there is soriie breach of this unifontfi ^ \ tht style , moreover , is justly reproacKed with incessant inversion ^ a mode of writing equally contrary to the Hebtaic and the Greek idioms .
" He completed and published his translation , of the historical boots ; and , when he died , he was preparing ^ a pocket edition of the Psalms . He hud sold the copy to Johnson the bbdkselkfr ; at ^ dthe work was printed ; off to the riiiddle of the cxvfiith Psalni .
" Lord Petre , Ms original J »* i ^ ri i Bequeathed to him an annuity 6 / one hundred potiiid ^ rfbrfiig h ) s TBfei With the hereditarymtiiii | tdeii | by of hftfetmily , his lordship spti ^ ^ odn ^ f ^ r jtMe decease of his father , si ^ win ^ d to ifie ^ Doctor , in the most polite 4 ntt fHehdly manner ,, his intention to cdtftmite fiis ^ Other ' s $# &&
nage of the work ; and to allow ™ h 94 additional annuity of one min ^ di ^ rtMas : The Doctor did not long su ^ 1 l iM 3 fi ^ patrom tord Petre died iii : ' ^ HgMffW-i The Doctor died in . the foUowinWipuary . He was 1 buried , 1 ^ ' llbWUKW churchyard at pBddihi&tbn . l mw pkifa was numerously , and honourably art ^ nded . Few could feo ^ tst < tf w ^ r ^ Jffir , of of more respectable ttifaWi * ™ j > ^ w eyjer called in qfuestioii' h « ^ amfu ^ or tfe benevolente of Mfc disbb ^ tito . LWd
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 49, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/49/