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geon ' s mate < ofamnn of-war , who was very . ; poor and very proud . This exceedingly grieved her aunt , who suspected that she would sacrifice herself , her friends , her country , and all the
fortune she had m her own po > vcr when she was gone . All this happened accordingly , for she sent for Garden in Scotland before her aunt was cold in her grave , who came and carried her off in triumph .
Attempt to prop up the Credit of 1 John v . 8 . IT is amusing to observe the reluctance with which thorough-bred Churchmen give up every part of the
svstem to which thev have been trained , system to which they have been trained , even though exploded equally by history and reason . Who would expect any scholar of the present day to stand forward in vindication of the notorious
forgery of the Three Witnesses' Text ? Vet Mr . Todd , in his Memoirs of Bishop Walton , recently published , * makes a feeble and awkward attempt to bolster up the interpretation . This notable specimen of Lambeth criticism is found in Notes on Walton ' s "
Considerator considered /* or reply to Dr . Owen ' s Considerations on the JPolyglot and Prolegomena . Owen , who lost himself in this controversy , had challenged Walton to prove that " there was ever in the world any other copy
of the Bible differing in any one word , from those that we now enjoy . " In reply , Walton says , amongst other things , " What thinks he of those places in the New Testament , especially that in 1 John v . 8 , where a verse
is left out in many ancient copies , and appears so to have been by the fathers that wrote against Arius ? Is there no author of credit , no monument of antiquity , that testifies that some
ancient copies wanted these words , which yet all our modern copies have ?" Upon this the biographer makes the following annotation , ( Vol . 11 , pp . 327 , 328 , ) which we esteem worthy of being preserved : —
u Meaning the omission of the seventh verse ; in favour of the genuineness of which , notwithstanding the severe castigation of Archdeacon Travis for defending it by Proffessor Porson , and notwithstanding the consent of many critics , both ? In 2 wte . 8 vo . 1821
at home and abroad , to give it up there is not so weak a body of testimony as some are content to believe . Some existing MSS > , though few , contain it . Manuscripts , known to have existed , have been authentically stated to contain it .
Of the very numerous MSS ., in various libraries , yet uncollated , who shall say how many of them want it ? Not a few of the Christian fathers maintained it . Selden appears to have supported it . Mill defended it . Bentley , indeed , read a lecture at Cambridge to prove it spurious ; but , says Whiston , his learned
contemporary , * he dares not now wholly omit it in t / ie text of his edition of the New Testament , which he has promised but not yet per formed . * But let Bentley speak for himself on the subject o £ this verse , though his edition certainly did not appear : * What will be the event about the said verse of John , I myself know
not yet ; having not used ctu the old copies that I have information of . But by this you . see , that in my proposed work the fate of that verse will be a mere question of fact . You endeavour to prove , ( and that ' s all you aspire to , ) that it may have been writ by the apostle , being consonant to his other doctrine . This I concede to
you ; and if the fourth century knew that text , let ft come in , in God ' s name : but if that age did not know it , then Arianism in its height was beat down without the help of that verse , and let the fact prove as it will , the doctrine is unshaken . ' Letter to some unknown correspondent , Bentley ' sEpist . ed . Burney , 1807 , p . 238 .
Just and satisfactory as the concluding remark is , and proper as are the observations which precede it , still the verse ought not yet entirely to be given up . The lost MSS . of Stephens may yet again meet the critical eye ; and MSS . at present only known to exist , as well as many at present undiscovered , may compensate future examination with the desired
discovery . I will only add , that among the many critics who have impugned or maintained the authenticity of this verse , 1 have not yet found one , not even the sagacious Forson himself , who has named or referred to a fellow-labourer in the contest , the Hev . T . Dawson ; who is the author of * Disceptatio Eplstolaris de Ccfclestibus Testimoniis 1 Johan . v . 7 . I »
qua , ex binis Manuscriptis exittiiis , indubio evincitur adQevrCoc . istius versiculi , ' < &o . The author appears to have been an amanuensis of Dr . Cave , and the tract is worth reading /'
446 Attempt to prop up thv Credit of 1 */ oAm v * 8 .
Sir , IT is with diffidence I request the insertion of * this letter in your Monthly Repository * and * while I can-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 446, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/6/