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"The Editor is requested to observe, in consequence of Mr. Baden Powell's letter to the 'John Bull' newspaper, that the author of Tracts for the Times,' No. 45, &c., does hold" the Lord's day to be of divine obligation, and does consider it binding on Christians by virtue of the Scripture notices concerning it; that, so far from the denial of that observance' being 'precisely one of the tenets' held by the author of those Tracts, the author considers it a sin against scripture, in any Christian, to deny it."
The republication of "Fox's Martyrs," by Messrs. Seeley, is designedly cheap. It is, in fact, only to cost 10s. 6d. a volume, and this is, beyond all doubt, as reasonable as possible. But there will be eight volumes, and thus the book will cost four guineas, and, if bound, (at 38. 6d. a volume,) will come to 51. 12s. This is about the price of good copies of the old edition. Now, surely this is answer enough to the charges and insinuations made against the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge for not undertaking the work. It was not abandonment of protestantism, but common prudence, which dictated to that society this abstinence from a course so wholly unprecedented. Now the Religious Tract Society often publishes large books; but that society does not undertake Fox. Why does none of the abuse lavished on the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge fail on the Religious Tract Society? The truth is, that only a spirited publisher, by making a strong appeal to the public, can make so great a work answer. Messrs. Seeley's price is, unquestionably, a very reasonable one, and all success is wished to their undertaking.
The Editor is exceedingly anxious to call attention at once to a most beautiful and interesting volume just published by Mr. Murray, being a translation and improvement of Count Laborde, the younger's, "Journey through Arabia Petræa to Mount Sinai, and the excavated City of Petra." The beauty and interest of the engravings, illustrating so many places mentioned in Holy Writ, deserve notice; and there appears to be very much directly tending to illustrate prophecy. It has appeared so late in the month, that there is no time for a fuller notice.
In answer to a truly excellent letter from a lady, inquiring in what way she could best give her aid towards supplying the spiritual wants of the population, the Editor (entirely agreeing in every word of her letter) would beg to suggest the forthcoming subscription, under the auspices of the Bishop of London, for the supply of this great (and, in many parts, almost heathen) metropolis with churches and ministers."
"A's" letter is, in every respect, just and true; but would "A" consider whether the freaks and ill conduct of an individual-amounting, if not to unsoundness, at least to something not far from it—are of any consequence; and whether his very just and powerful reasoning does not apply to a very large body who are doing the real mischief?
The Editor has heard of no such proposal as that mentioned by "L. X." It has, at all events, not appeared in any substantive form; but if, in an episcopal church, the system of distrusting bishops begin, what is to become of that church? No possible mode of appointment can be devised which will not be open to strong objection. That election produces the worst effects (let any one who really knows the condition of things in the Romanist election of bishops in Ireland give his opinion on the point) no one can doubt. We must submit to evils in nominations of all kinds; and we must have reliance enough on God's blessing on the mode of government sanctioned by his word to believe that that blessing will outweigh contingent evils.
The suggestion in "W. B. H.'s" letter is most important and valuable. But, for reasons which will readily occur to him on consideration, it will be better to say nothing in any quarter for the next two months. The few months which follow will be the time to act on it, if the means of doing so are left. The public notice of them, at present, will ensure their being taken away. When his letter is published, he will perhaps allow a different signature to be given to it, which, after this notice, will be better.
With every possible wish to attend to the gentleman who complains of what is said as to Mr. Coneybeare, and with the most sincere and unfeigned respect for that gentleman, who is so well entitled to it, the Editor cannot retract anything said as to 1 Tim. iii. 16, except that it should have been more distinctly stated exactly what the MS. authority for Mr. Coneybeare's view is. But it was taken for granted, that, in a passage so much discussed, that was fully known. What was meant was this, that although a few good MSS. favour Mr. Coneybeare, a very few do so, and that the large mass of MSS. are against it. As to admitting Griesbach's authority as supreme, the Editor begs to decline altogether a compliance with his correspondent's wish to do so. Any common book would tell the gentleman who has made these remarks, both what Griesbach's views were, and how entirely his verdict on this passage, has been disputed by subsequent critics.
Circumstances, of no public interest, have so occupied time, that many correspondents will, it is hoped, excuse their letters not being formally acknowledged till the next Number.
Errata in Mr. Wordsworth's speech in the last Number:-P. 546, line 1, for this, read the: line 8, for way, read ways. There should be a new paragraph at It may be gathered,' in line 18, and again at Such being,' in line 35. In line 33, insert and after elevated. Line 6 from the bottom, for inverting, read reversing. There should be a new paragraph in p. 547, line 10, at The second point. In p. 548, line 31, omit subsequent; in line 33, for within, read withers and. In p. 549, line 15, a new paragraph at 'It is related.' In line 24, insert itself before was.