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Art. XIII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
In a few days will be published, in Nugæ Sacræ, or Psalms and Hymns two volumes, Memoirs and Poetical Re- and Spiritual Songs, will shortly be pubmains of the late Jane Taylor; with Jished, in a neat pucket volume. extracts from ber correspondence. By In the press, and nearly ready, A Isaac Taylor, jun.
Critical Essay on the Writings of St. Speedily will be published, a Practi- Luke, translated from the German of cal Illustration of the Book of Psalms. Di. Frederic Schleiermacher: with an By the author of the Family Commen- Introduction by the Translator, contain. tary on the New Testament.
ing an Account of the Controversy reJoseph John Guruey has an octavo specting the Origin of the Three First volume in the press, 10 be entitleil, Gospels since Bishop Marsh's DissertaEssays ou the Evidences and Doctrines tions. 1 vol. 8vo. of Christianity.
Nearly ready, Scottish Songs, Ancient Preparing for publication, The Cot- and Modern ; illustrated with Nutes, a tager's Family Altar, containing a Critical Introduction, and Characters course of Prayers, with Scriptural re- of the most eminent Lyric Poets of ferences for Daily Reading
Scotland. By Allan Cunningham. 40 In the press, Essays and Sketches, vols. post 8vo. designed to illustrate the mode of Elu- In the press, The Elements of the cation poursueri in Sunday Schools, and Differential and Integral Calculas. Dy to remedy some of their most impor- the Rev. Dionysius Lardner, of the Unitant defects. By A. H. Davis, Author versity of Dublin. 8vo. of Teacher's Farewell, &c. I vol. 18n1o. In the press, An Analyrical 'Prratise A Book of Martyrs for the Young.
on Plane and Spherical Trigonometry. By the Rev. Isaac Taylor. Illustrated By the Rev. Diony-jus Lardner, of the with upwards of 50 engravings from University of Dublin. 8vo. desigus by Harvey, and engraved by A work on the plan of the Gerinan Sears,
Literary Almanacks, will be published Dr. Paris has in the press a volume, early in the mouth of November, under: on the Digestive Functions, and on the the title of the Amulet. The volume is various complaints inc:dent to their intended more eşpecia’ly for religious disordered states; with a general view readers, and will, therefure, contain of Curative Dieteties.
only such productions as have an obo In the press, A Practical Treatise on viously religious or moral tendency. Poisons; forming a comprehensive Ma- It will consist of Tales, Essays, and nual of Toxicol·gy. By Jobu Gordon Poetry, by about twenty-five of the Sinith, M.D. 8vo.
most popular writers of the age. The In the press, A Treatise on Epidemic illustrations (twelve in vmnder) are by Cholera, and sketches of the Diseases of Martin, Weställ, Corbouki, Wright, India; including Statistical and Topo. ' Brooke, &c.; and the engravings hy graphical R-ports, &c.' By James Heath, Finden, Mitchell, Melville, &c. Annesley, Esq., of the Madras Medical The Rev. John Burder, bas in the Establishment. I vol. sro.
press, A Series of Twenty-four Lectures Shortly will be published, Sephora, a on Religion ; in which, after elucidating, Hebrew Tale, descriptive of the country in an introductory discourse, the nature of Palestine, and of the manners and of religion, and fixing on a criterion for customs of the ancient Israelites. 2 vols. distinguishing truth from error, he expost 8vo.
hibits, in eight lectures, the characterisOutlines of Truth, by a Lady, 1 vol. tic features of the more remarkable of 12mo., will shortly appear.
the false religions which have prevailed In the press, Botanical Sketches of in the world. The following fifteen dis. the Twenty four Classes in the Linnean courses relate to Christianity: first, a System, with Fifty Specimens of Eng- concise statement is given of the evi. Jish Plants, taken from Nature; con- dences of its being the true Religion ; taining an account of their place of secondly, the principal facts and docgrowth, times of fowering, and medici. trines of the Gospel are contemplated; nal properties; with many plates, post thirdly, the truths of religion are consi. Bro.
dered as embodied in the Christian cbar
racter; and finally, the Gospel is sbewn ter and Talent. 1. vol. 8vo. - This Work to have undeniable claims on all who consists of Twelve Chapters ; in each of hear it, in reference both to a personal which a different kind of genins, or turn reception of it, and to lhe communica- of inind, is brought into view, describel, tion of it to other:.
and copiously illustrated by an enumeAn Anual Work is announced under ration of its distinctive qualities and the title of Janus. We are promised their modifications. The object of the the first volume before the termination Work is, to shew that the peculiarities of this year. The prospectus states, of character observabile in every indivithat the most distinguished literary men dual inay be traced to some one or anoin the kiogdom are engaged in the un- ther of twelve departments, and that be dertaking It will appear in one vol. may have his place assigncd him in a post svo., and will consist of Tales, ori- , classified view of the diversities of hụ. ginal and translated, occasional Essays, man nature. popular Illustrations of History and An- In the press, A treatise on Clock and tiquities, serious and comic Sketches of Watch-making, theoretical and practiLife and Manners, &c. &c.
cal. By Thomas Reil, Authur of the In the press, The Contest of the article Horology in the Edinburgh EuTwelve Natious; or a Comparison of cyclopedia, &c. 1 vol. royal 8vo. the different Bases of Human Charac
ART. XIV. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. GEOLOGY.
Domestie Duties; or, Insiructions to Antediluvian Phytology, illustrated Young Married Ladies, on the Manageby a collection of the Rossil Remains of ment of their Housebolis, and the Re. Plants, pecnliar to the Coal Forinations gulation of their Conduct in the various of Great Britain. By Edmund Tyrell Relations and Duties of Married Life. Artis, F.S.A. F.G $. Author of Roman By Mr. William Parkes. Second Edit. Antiquities. royal 4to. 21, 10s.
Letters from the Irish Highlands of MEDICINE. The Works of the late Matthew
Cunosiarra. By a Family Party. SeBaillie, M.D. To which is prefixed, an
cond Edition. pust 8vo. 10s. Gd. Account of bis Life, collected fron, An
POETRY thentic Sources. By Jarnes Wardrop, Surgeon Extraordinary tu the King, &c.
Thoughts on an Illustrious Exile; &c. 2 vols 8vo, with a Head. 11. 5s. occasioned by the Persecution of the Medical Researches on the Effects of
Protestants in France, in 1815. With lodine, in Bronchocele, Paralysis, Cho
other Poems. By Hugh Stuart Boyd, rea, Scrophula, Fistula Lachrymalis,
Esq. 8vo. 35. 60. sewed. Deafness, Dysphagia, White Swelling,
The Fruits of Faith, or Musing Sin. and Distortions of the Spine. By Alex
ner; with Elegies, and other Moral ander Mauson, M.D. &c. 8vo. 12s,
Poems. By Hugh Campbell, of the
Middle Temple. 12mo. 6s.
Martin Luther; a Poem 8vo. 6s. Chinese Miscellany, consisting of ori. ginal extracts from Chinese authors, in
TRAVELS AND TOPOCRIPHY. the native character, with translations A Voyage towards the South Pole, and philological remarks. By Robert performed in the Years 1822-23-24 ; Morrison, D.D. F.R.S. &c. 8vo. 10s. 60. containing an Examination of the An
The Duty and Advantage of Early itastic Sea to the 74th Degree of LatiRising, as it is favourable to Health, tude: and a Visit to Tierra del Fuego, Business, and Devotion; including valu- with a particular Account of the lobaable extracts from the writings of the bitants. To which is added, much useRev. John Wesley, A.M.; Rev. Philip ful information on the Coasting NavigaDoddridge, D.D.; Rev. W. Paley, D.D.; tion of Cape Horn, and the adjacent Right Rev. George Horne, D.D. Lord Lauds. By James Weddell, Esq. MasBishop of Norwich; Dr. Gregory; .Miss ter in the Royal Navy. 1 vol. 8vo with Taylor, and others. With an elegant charts and plates. 188. Dedicated, by and appropriate engraving 2s.6d. permission, to Lord Melville.
ECLECTIC ECLECTIC REVIEW,
FOR NOVEMBER, 1825.
Art. I. 1. A Vindication of the Proceedings of the Edinburgh Bible
Society, relative to the Apocrypha, against the Aspersions of the Eclectic Review; in a Letter to the Members of the Committee
of the Parent Institution. Evo. pp. 36. London. 1825. 2. The Christian Guardian, Oct. 1825. Art. Gorham on the Apo
cryphal Controversy, in Reply to the Eclectic Review. IT Tis not without reluctance that we again call the attention
of our readers to the Apocrypha question, more especially because, in returning to it, we shall have occasion to speak of ourselves. We owe it, however, to the Edinburgh Bible Society, to notice the present plausible and, upon the whole, temperate apology for their proceedings; and we wish to make one more effort to place the question in its true light.
The subject divides itself into two parts : first, the propriety of what has been done ; and secondly, the rule by which the future proceedings of the Bible Society should be governed. The Committee of the Parent Society were accused of violating their original contract with the public, of acting in direct infringement on their own laws, of violating integrity of conscience, of doing evil that good may come. Now, whatever decision the Committee may come to on the pending question, these accusations we cannot but regard as alike groundless and uncourteous. Without laying claim to any professional zeal • in defence of the Bible Society'-an imputation which sounds too much like an encomium for us to quarrel with it--we assuredly did feel ourselves called upon to vindicate the conduct of the Committee,-and this without having had the slightest communication with any member of the Committee on the subject. It was our object to shew,--and our readers will judge with what success--that they had not broken their faith with the public; that the fundamental law of the Institution left the Committee entirely at liberty with respect to foreign : Vol. XXIV. N.S. 2 M
versions ; that the rules were framed without any reference to the case which has arisen ; and that whatever may have been taken for granted by the country subscribers,' the rules do not prohibit the including of the Apocrypha in the foreign versions printed or circulated by the Bible Society. Of the intention of those who framed those rules, we could only speak conjecturally. We are now, indeed, told, that
' It is unanimously declared by the survivors, the Rev. J. Pratt, the Rev. Dr. Bogue, the Rev. J. Townsend, the Rev. J. Hughes, and Mr. Z. Macauley, that the rules were expressly framed with the view of excluding the Apocrypha. Mr. Hughes does not indeed so perfectly recollect whether foreign operations were contenuplated in framing the rule so as to exclude the Apocrypha. But this circumstance does not weaken our confidence in the memory and opinion of his able coadjutors.
Surely, a rule cannot be so very clear or explicit, which requires to le interpreted by the memory of those who assisted in framing it. The Comınittee are bound by their rules, but not by the recollections of any of their members. That it was the intention of the founders of the Bible Society, to exclude the Apocrypha from the English Bible, we have not the smallest doabt, because on no other terms would the Presbyterians of Scotland or the Protestant Dissenters of England have given it their support. But even this intention is not expressed in the rule; and if it had been, it is our firm belief, that umbrage would have been given, and that unanimity would by no means have been secured among the earliest patrons and supporters of the Society. This understood condi. tion, then, this tacit compact, is all that the Committee can be charged with violating. But the question is, How far did this understanding extend ? Did it relate to foreign versions, and that under all circumstances ? On this point, here are conflicting views of the rule, and differing recollections about the intention of the role, which could not exist if the case were clear, or the rule explicit. If the Committee have erred in judgement, let it be shewn. This is a matter of opinion. But to charge them, in the terms of the Edinburgh Statement, with a direct violation of the original contract of the Society with its members, is, we repeat it, a gross misrepresentation, implicating the integrity of the Parent Committee. As such, we indignantly deprecated it. No accusation could be more adapted to infiame the public mind, or to raise a clamour against the Society. And the circulating of this charge all over the country, as was done by the Edinburgh Committee, we must still maintain, wore the appearance of conduct dico tated by strong irritation and vindictive feeling. Nor were we
singular in this opinion. It was entertained by many individuals who differed from us on the question at issue. For the venerable Vice-president of the Edinburgh Society who lent his name to the document, we entertain the most unfeigned respect; but we entertain an equal respect for the individuals implicated in the accusations put forward under his sanction; and while we readily allow, that his name stands too high to . be injured by the breath of slander,' we must take the liberty of thinking that it stood higher before it was affixed to that document. Sensibility is sometimes not a little eccentric. While this . Member of the Bible Society' is so much offended at what he calls the attack made on the Edinburgh Committee, he surely forgets the attack which was made by them on the London Committee. But when he charges the Eclectic Reviewer with descending to personalities, he himself defames. No particular individual of the Edinburgh Committee was, in the most distant manner, personally referred to.
Seeing, however, that different views have been taken of the latitude allowed by the rules of the Bible Society, while we think that the Committee have, up to this time, been fully justified in acting according to the discretion with which they conceived themselves to be invested, it is now highly necessary that the rule for their future proceedings should be distinctly and definitively laid down. 'What this rule should be, is the real question to be determined. The old rule left the giving or withholding of the Apocrypha to the discretion of the Committee. The alteration proposed, would deprive them of any liberty in this respect. To have a full and fair view of the question, it will be necessary to determine ; first, whether it be lawful to circulate the Apocrypha with the canonical Scriptures ; secondly, whether it be necessary; thirdly, whether it be expedient.
1. Is it lawful ? The Vindicator puts the question thus: • Can any fancied ideas of expediency justify the British and Foreign Bible Society in lending its sanction to a canon of Scripture, whose pretensions it knows to be false ?" If they be ' fancied ideas of expediency, the question is easily answered ; but we must, for the present, assume, that a strong apparent necessity exists for the concurrence which is so warmly deprecated. This fancied expediency' has for its object, the spiritual illumination of millions of our fellow creatures who are destitute of the word of life. It is a part of the misrepresentation which, unhappily, has been employed by the objectors to the Apocrypha, to give to this object the name of expediency : and yet, they are well aware, that the only motive for giving the Apocrypha at all, by which the Committee have