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its meaning and design, the Com- . believe we can affirm, is, that for mittee shall notwithstanding cir- every £100. of money granted culate the Apocrypha, or allow to a society or individual, that so-any Bibles published with, or by ciety or individual shall furnish the aid of, the funds of the Society, £100. worth of bound Bibles, withto contain the Apocrypha, we shall out the Apocrypha. This is the be the first to apprize our readers of interpretation put upon the resothe fact, and shall from that time lution by the subsequent acts and retire from the defence and fellow- grants of the Committee to foreign ship of the British and Foreign societies, and by the letter of Mr. Bible Society.
Brandram to the Edinburgh ComThat resolution, our readers are mittee. aware, was the result of the ap- In the name of candour, and pointment of a Special Committee common sense, and Christianity, to consider the whole matter re- we beg to ask, what the country lative to the Apocrypha. That would require more than this? It Committee consisted of the follow- is a plain, straight forward reing persons. Lord Teignmouth; solution, adopted under circumthe Bishop of Litchfield and Co- stances which may be said to give ventry; Lord Calthorpe, Lord it all the force of a public law, Bexley; Sir R. H. Inglis, Bart., and which, we cannot entertain M.P.; William Wilberforce; the a doubt, would have satisfied Rev.Messrs. Cunningham, Dealtry, every honourable and conscienOrme, Pratt, Simeon, and Thorpe; tious member of the Society, but and Messrs. Allan, Butterworth, for the conduct of some indivi. Macaulay, Phillips, Steven, True- duals who have resolved that the man; and the Secretaries. In all, Committee are unworthy of contwenty-one persons.
fidence. The resolution of the General Well aware of the effect likely Committee, in consequence of to result from this resolution, the their recommendation, is as fol- whole strength, ingenuity, and dislows :" That the funds of the engenuousness of the Edinburgh Society be applied to the printing statement are brought to bear upon and circulation of the canonical it. It asserts, that of the twentybooks of Scripture, to the ex- one members composing the Speclusion of those books and parts cial Committee, there are at least of books which are usually termed sixteen who were known at the Apocryphal; and that all copies time to be favourable to Apocryprinted, either entirely or in part, phal distribution, in any form that at the expense of the Society, and circumstances might suggest.” It whether such copies consist of the is therefore concluded, by the whole, or of any one or more of authors of that statement, « that such books, be invariably issued [these persons thought] such a rebound; no other books whatever solution could be concocted as being bound with them: and fur- would gain over the great bulk of ther, that all money-grants to so- those who were discontented, and cieties or individuals be made only yet leave an opening for continuin conformity with the principle of ing to do that which created the this regulation."
discontent, and which cannot be The only part of this resolution done avowedly, without exciting which seems to require explana- universal opposition.” They action, though to us it is very in- cordingly represent this to have telligible, is the last, respecting been the design of the framers, money-grants. The meaning in and that the resolution, “though tended to be conveyed by it, we veiled in a more dextrous phraseNew SERIES, No. 16.
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ology than those which preceded a formal protest against the last resoit, is, in its real import and ten- lution, on the ground of its excluddency, as far as any one of them. ing the Apocrypha, which remains from that great and pure purpose" among the documents of the Sowhich had all along been con- ciety; and notwithstanding which, tended for.
the Committee determine to perseTo this monstrous tissue of mis- vere according to that resolution. representation, which it astonishes Of these facts we have reason to beus, beyond what we can express, lieve the authors of the Edinburgh should have been put forth by the statement were not ignorant. Can persons whose names it bears, and it then be believed that the perwhich we can account for only sons who have fought the battle from the influence of the spirit who of the inspired writings against glories in division and mischief, the Apocrypha, would frame a rewe beg leave to oppose a plain solution to cover its circulation ? statement of facts.
This would be even greater folly The Special Committee was, as or wickedness than the Committee nearly as possible, divided between has yet been charged with. those who had supported the circu. Here we think we might leave lation of the Apocrypha, when sup- the matter. If in the face of such posed to be necessary to the circula- facts, or even without knowing tion of the Scriptures, and those who them, the public can believe that were known to be hostile to this such men as Lords Teignmouth measure. There was also a small and Bexley, the Secretaries of the number of persons who had never Society, and the other noblemen, avowed their sentiments on the one ministers, and gentlemen comside or the other, few of whom at- posing the Select and General tended its meetings. So far from Committees, would frame a resoits being the fact, that there were lution, and veil it in dextrous only five to sixteen against the phraseology, for the purpose of Apocrypha, the majority which deceiving the Christian public of carried every resolution in the this country, and of allowing them. Special Committee were anti-apo- selves to abuse the trust confided cryphal men. The final resolution to them, we are assured that no of that body was drawn up by statements or reasonings of ours them, and was decidedly anti- deserve credit or respect. But if apocryphal in its nature and de- they cannot and will not believe sign; and by the anti-apocryphal this, what must they think of their party in the General Committee accusers ? was the last measure carried. So The pamphlet by Mr. Haldane, completely was this view of the aud the Edinburgh statement, rematter taken by all parties in quire some farther notice than we the Committee, that one gentle- have yet taken of them. In reman, who had gone farther than gard to the former, we agree with any other on the apocryphal side, the reverend Presbytery of Glasafter reading a long paper con- gow in thinking that there are setaining his views and reasons, left veral things which deserve the the Committee, and has since, we attention of the Bible Society's believe, absented himself from its Committee; but we also agree meetings. And as conclusive evi- with that body in wholly disapdence of the anti-apocryphal na- proving of the spirit in which it is ture of the whole proceedings, and written. It is keen in argument, that the Committee are not more and bold in denunciation; but sadinfluenced by Cambridge than by ly deficient in that candour and Edinburgh, Mr. Simeon, and se- delicacy, which ought to characveral other of his friends, presented terise a writer who prefers such claims on public attention as the Mr. Haldane's, and whose opporauthor.
tunities of knowing the continental We have no quarrel with Mr. Societies have been greater than Haldane respecting the claims of his, before we can admit his sweepthe Apocrypha, and we cheerfully ing charges. hand over Mr. Simeon's defence of The nature of Mr. Haldane's reit to his satisfactory reply. We view of the Society's administraagree with Mr. Haldane in think- tion on the Continent, forces on ing that much may be done for us the conviction, that the concirculating the Scriptures on the troversy, as conducted by him, Continent, independently both of assumes the character of the Conthe Catholic and the Protestant tinental Society versus the Bible Societies. We also coincide with Society. The agents of the two bim in opinion, that some of these Societies, we can believe, do not societies and individuals, who have always cordially harmonize; and professed to be friendly to the in Mr. Haldane's pamphlet they great object of the Bible Society, are brought into public conflict. have not greatly promoted that We are cordial friends of the Conobject. Enough has been dis tinental Society, but we deprecate closed to show that the Society is this mode of advancing its intecalled to watch with great vigi- rests. We do not blame that Solance the conduct of their auxi ciety, which cannot be inculpated liary friends abroad.
by the conduct of one of its friends; When Mr. Haldane speaks on nor do we regret Mr. Haldane's his own personal knowledge, we zeal for the interests of religion on listen to him with respect; but the Continent, or his labours in when he requires us to believe, on building up the infant cause of the authority of anonymous tra- the important Society which has vellers and reports, « that from produced most beneficial effects. one end of the Continent to an- But we do not sympathize with other, Christians have very little him in his zeal to pull down, and weight in the several committees, to destroy, whatever may not be which, in general, are wholly un- in perfect harmony with his views der the direction of Freethinkers ;” and wishes. From the scope and that “ many Arians and Socinians tendency of his pamphlet, from are the sole governors of several various intimations contained in it, societies abroad;" and calls upon and from the appearance of his the Society to contradict reports naine in support of the Edinburgh of another kind, if without foun- statement, we are convinced that dation, for which he does not him- the downfall of the British and self profess to vouch: we protest Foreign Bible Society would afford against such a species of accusa him satisfaction, rather than cause tion and insinuation as dishonour- regret and sorrow. The same thing able and unjust. We will not appears to have struck Dr. Steinbelieve, on such authority, that all kopff, whose pamphlet has just the Bible Societies on the Con- reached us, and to which we refer tinent are of this description, or our readers for an answer to some that the British Society is evgaged of Mr. Haldane's charges. in so unholy an alliance. We can. From the attack of one, we now not regard that Society as so pure advert to the grand attack of the and christian an institution as Mr. many. The second statement of Haldane seems to contend for; the Edinburgh Committee, we but, on the other hand, we must hesitate not to designate the most cease to place confidence in men unchristian production issued by whose integrity is as undoubted as a body of men laying claim to the character of candour, honour, or quish the practice of circulating the Christianity, which it has ever Apocrypha, and to return to any been our misfortune to examine. thing that resembles uniformity to We regard not the array of names; the spirit, and principles, and laws the public will judge between the of the Institution :" and, finally, impeachers and the impeached. that the last resolution of the The parade of reasoning, the bold. Committee 66 affords no adequate ness of accusation, the fearlessness security against the circulation of of conséquences, may go down the Apocrypha, and conveys imwith some for proofs of a guilty pressions to their minds respecting confederacy on the part of the ac. the sentiments and views of the cused; and will, no doubt, afford Committee, inconsistent with due triumph to many, who are ever confidence in the propriety of their ready to exclaim, Ah! so would future procedure." we have it. But in this case, we In order to make good these believe Satan has outwitted himself. chargés, a mode of discussion is The virus of the assailants is already resorted to, which, we venture to proving the death of their cause. assert, would, if applied to any Since those who have obtained society of men under heaven, and the lead in the councils of the held good as evidence against it, Edinburgh Society are deter- explode it to atoms. We know mined on war and separation, we something of human Institutions, do not regret that they have pub- under the influence of Christian lished this manifesto. If the friends principles and wholesome regulaof the Bible cause doubt our ac- tions, but we know none of them count of it, let them read for them- which could stand the process of selves, and we shall not fear trial adopted, in this instance, whether they will take part with against the British and Foreign the accusers or the accused. Bible Society. To establish the
As this document sets out with charges against it, and to justify declaring, that considering “ the the conclusion, the grossest exspecies of abuse” which has taken aggerations have been resorted to, place in the British and Foreign in regard to the circulation of the Bible Society, the authors of the Apocrypha. The most uncandid statement « are left doubtful whe- and ungenerous construction has ther they have not more reason to been put upon every act and relament the evil it has committed, solution of the Committee, for a than to rejoice at the good it has long series of years, which could, accomplished ;" we are prepared by any possibility, be brought to for any thing that might follow. countenance the allegations. It is Let those who agree in this opinion made accountable, not only for its form a new Society, and inscribe own acts, but for “the language this sentence as the motto of their and doctrines of the Eclectic first report.
Review, of certain of its own In the spirit of this sentiment, members, of the Rev. Mr. Simeon, the authors proceed to arraign the and the Rev. Mr. Venn;" and, Committee of the Bible Society of we dare say, it will now be high crimes and misdemeanours; charged with having hired the particularly that it “has been in Congregational Magazine. The the habit of circulating the Apo- proofs of its guilt often consist of crypha along with the Bible for a misrepresentations or garbled aclong period, to a great extent, in counts of what has passed within the most offensive forms, with more the walls of the Committee-room, than ordinary zeal, and with studied or has been said or written by inconcealment:" that it “ has shown dividual members out of it, on the utmost unwillingness to relin- their own responsibility. A species of malignant gratification is dis- evasive and ambiguous treatment covered, in finding any thing that of the whole subject.” In fine, it could be likely to injure the cha- is asserted that “every thing conracter of the Society. The pitiful nected with their management, dexterity of a special pleader is and their communications relative displayed in almost every page; to this point, awaken unavoidable an unholy ingenuity is exercised distrust, as well as painful regret.” in quarrelling with the language These are but a few specimens of the Committee, and the most of the charges and language which extravagant suppositions are made pervade this extraordinary docu. of the arts and tricks by which ment. The authors of it complain the last resolution may be evaded of having been the objects of by the unprincipled agents or So- railing accusation. Let them incieties on the Continent, with form us who have been the acwhich the British Society is re- cusers and railers. Should any presented to be in alliance, and at thing so characteristic, as is this whose criminal conduct it is sup- statement, of the influence of the posed to wink.
accuser of the Brethren, ever be The Committee are courteously proved against the proceedings charged with " most infatuated of the British and Foreign Bible blindness, or réticence the most Society, we should hold ourdextrous and successful ever re- selves bound to renounce it for collected, or witnessed, or heard ever. One passage from the Episof;" with passing unanimous votes, tle of James, has been often " the effect of fear rather than of quoted in this, as in other controconviction;" with being “ wedded versies, “The wisdom that is from to what appears” to the Edinburgh above, is first pure, then peaceCommittee « demonstrably and able.” We beg to submit another incalculably wrong;” with taking passage, from the same authority, great pains to meet the wishes of to the consideration of all conall except the Gentlemen of Edin- cerned; “ But if ye have bitter burgh, and that “ the only wishes envying and strife in your hearts, on the subject which have been 'glory not; and lie not against the disregarded, are the wishes of truth. This wisdom' descendeth those who have pleaded for an not from above, but is earthly, exclusive distribution of the pure sensual, devilish." and unadulterated word of God;" As this second statement conwith employing “disingenuous tains a vast number of questions means, by which they kept their addressed to the Committee of the constituents in ignorance of their British and Foreign Bible Society, unlawful practice;" with “ con- we beg leave, in our turn, to protumacy amidst all their shiftings of pose a few to the Edinburgh Comprocedure ;" with “readiness to mittee, to which they will perhaps violate the regulation made by furnish answers in their third statethemselves on the subject of the ment. By what law of the Bible Apocrypha.” It is alleged, that Society was the Edinburgh So. “never did treason shroud her ciety justified in annexing to the plans in deeper secresy, than that smaller editions of the Bible with which the London Committee issued by them, the Scottish Me. bave covered their proceedings trical Psalms, and the Paraphrases about the Apocrypha.” Their re- ordained to be sung in churches in solution of 21st Nov. “ is only Scotland ? At what period of veiled in a more dextrous phrase- their history, and under what cirology than the former," which cumstances, was this practice abancannot therefore be viewed in doned ? In what report is the reany other light, than that of an cord of their repentance for the