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of those Princes having yet been dis- ting, as one would think they neces. covered, as is well kuown to every sarily must, that it is at the expence skilful Medalist. It may not be im- of every principle of their own inleproper lo adil, that Segonax, King of grity and honour. Kent; Cunobeline, King of the 'Tripo

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W.WOOLSTON. bantes; and the heroic and celebrated Queen Boadicca; are all the British Sovereigns yet found on coins. Of the

To the Bishop of LINCOLN. latter, one specimen only is known. My Lord, It is of gold, and enriches the cabinet TIERespect which is due

to your Before I conclude, I will beg leave ings leads ine to approach you with to hint niy suspicions that the account deference, and to appeal to your canof ihe gold coin said to have been dour. It has been publicly stated found as above related, is a forgery: jo Newspapers, that your Lordship as it so much resembles a similar has recently signified your disappro-. article which was, a few years since, bation of the British and Foreigo inserted in several country papers, Bible Society ; but the same reports and which I discovered to be almost have not yet been accompanied with entirely such. In order, therefore, your reasons for this determination. As to guard your Readers against impo- those reasons would probably haver sitions of this description, I will re great weight, they would, perhaps, quest your permission to lay before assist the zeal of the Supporters of them the particulars of this discovery. the English Church, and at the same

It was said, that " on recently re. time shew that the Friends of the 'moving some banks of earth on the above Society are in an error, al. estate of Ffrench, esq. at Castle though they are daily increasing in Camps, Huntingdonshire, a small number, and have been the means of dagger in high preservation, and a visiting 63 Nations, from the Northern large number of British Gold Coins of to the Southern Poles, and from the Prasutagus, had been found.” De- shores of Asia to those of the Atlantic sirous of addiog soine of the Coins to and Pacific Oceans, with the Holy my Cabinet, I immediately addressed Scriptures in their native tongues to the Gentleman just nawed a pro- (1,557,973 copies); and of thereby conposal, to treat for as many of thein

as verling many ignorant multitudes from he was inclined to part with. To Paganism, Idolatry, or savage ignothis proposal I received a very prompt rance, to the light of Truth: it seems and polite reply, intimating that," in- that you have joined the opinions exstead of a dagger in high preserva. pressed, but not substantialed, by Bp. tion, and a large number of British Marsh, on this interesting subject, Gold Coins of Prasulagus, having been and have broached or implied a docrecently discovered, there had been

trine, as it appears to me, subversive found only the rusty remains of about of the very foundation of every Chrishalf andugger, and that more ihan 20 tian Church as well as that of our years ago!!!"

Never, surely, Mr. owo - that to spread the Scriptures Urban, were more gross falsehoods without note or comment, over all 'committed to paper in 90 narrow a lands, is injurious or dangerous to compass ; if we except the ridiculous the Church of England. and absurd stories, universally circu Although I have not the honour of. Jated some years ago, respecting the knowing your Lordship; yet as a Chrisvalue of Queen Anne's Farthings; a tian, and praying for the glorious delusion which, to my personal know• period when the knowledge of the ledge, imposes on many persons even Lord sball cover the earth as the to ihe present hour! I capoot ac waters cover the channels of the sea count for the fabrication and circu- (Isa. xi, 9. ; Hab. ii. 14.); when all lation of such detestable frauds upon mankind shall become as one fold any other principle, on the part of under one Shepherd (John X.16.), the their inventors and publishers, than a great Shepherd of the Sheep, (Heb. wish to see how far their culpable in- xiii. 20.)--and as preferring above all genuity can impose on the publick, others in this country the worship of and to enjoy a solitary, mcan, and the English Church'; I feel pecue pitiful laugh at its credulity; forget. liarly anxious that my owo notions

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should be corrected by your Lord. You have, on the Christiaa principle ship's critical and erudite elucidation, of disseminating the same knowledge, which also appears to be justly due to no doubt, for many years assisted ihe the established Church itsell.

two Societies for promoting Christian If the general spread of the Holy Koowledge, and propagating the GosScriptures without note or comment pel, whose objects are to dissemican be injurious to our Church, allow nate the Scriptures. Why theo should me to ask on what foundation does our you find objections that others should Church stand? There inust then be do the same thing in any other Sosome other corner-slone than what is ciety? For the only differences seen permitted to appear; and the people to be, that ibuse Societies require even under Protestant duidinion must tests of every niember who is ready have been misled, in conceiving that to lend bis pecuniary aid to them, that this corner-stove is Christ Jesus, who they must be, in morals and opinious, promised that when two or three are menibers aiso of the Established gathered together in his name, there Church ; an i tbat, when these Sociewill he be in the midst of them, ties distribute the Holy Scriptures, Matt. xviii. 20.—But the worship of they should be accompanied with the the English Church is in a considerable Liturgy and other Religious Tracts. degree 'Trinitariau. Is your Lordship Now the Bible Society is charged apprehensive that it is likely that, by with being hostile to the Church, bea more free circulation of the Scrip- cause it requires not either of these tures, the world should be induced at conditions. But it never has been any future period to form and adopt guilty of excluding either of them.a different interpretation of their Members of the Church and of all meaning ; more especially as your other Christian persuasions are united Lordsbip has lately given up as inter- in it, and have never objected that polated one of the chief resting any of their members nay add the places for this doctrine. 1 John v. 7.2 Liturgy or Tracts wbich are furnished

If it be, as you, no doubt, with the by the fuods of other Societies. Berest of your Brethren claim, that our sides, your own two Societies have Church derives its origin and descent always distributed Bibles without from the Apostles, it must take its note or comment, and without Tracts, strength from the Holy Scriptures, unless they are called for; so that in which their Divine Master and thein- this, if there were any injury to your selves were united to preach ; your own Church, they long since struck the descent from them must therefore be first blow. But it is the requisition sanctified by the same evangelical of those unpleasant tests which has truth; free from, though assisted by, prevented the extension of those Sothe studies of men devoted to their cieties from doing the general good service. Your Lordship’s own studies in more tban 100 years existence, with and deep researches must bave pro- all the power of the Establishment duced in your mind the consolations in their hands, which without them of hope, and the expectations of that this single Society has effected in 12. fulure glory which they were inspired years! Has the language of the Pha10 promulgate ; but, bad these been risees never been adopted in any of denied to you as dangerous to your their Committees? Perceive ye how Church, and insiead of the blessings je prevail nothing! behold the world' of this education you had been bas gone after him; Jobu xii. 19. ? wrapped in Cimmeriau darkness, or It is but of very recent date that left only to look at the Scriptures those Societies have published a Bible through the medium of any with notes, edited and collated by Dr. teacher or any peculiar set of com Mant, and Mr. D'Oyley; which, howinentalors, you would never have at ever ably executed, is yet new in the tained your present koo wiedge in records of your Societies.—Why then Divine truth, or probably the fixed should the Bible Society be suspected means of your hope of salvation. of danger to the Established Church ? “No doubt the Scripture is true; but The only test it bas required, is a it may,” says Dr. Hey, vi. 4.“ be false. good conscience towards God! avd ly interpreted ; and all that any man this test it was pleased God to main. should really be understood to mean, tain as sufficient for this purpose, by when he speaks of The Word of God, rendering it instrumental, and sancis human interpretation of it." tioning ihat instrumentality io car

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rying his Holy Word to the remotest thority, to have announced his desire, coroers of the globe.

and invited all to come to bim ; aod The Roman Catholic Church acted " whosoever will, let him take the until now upon the same rule of re water of life freely; for I testify onto striction, rather more rigidly exacted; every man that heareth the words of and denied to their flock the reading the prophecy of this book, if

any of the Holy Scriptures, or the know man shall add unto these things, God ledge of them, without such Cate- shall add upto him the plagues that chisms and Comments as their Priest are written in this book : and if any hood thought fit to put into their man shall take away from the words hands: thus blind ignorance was made of the book of this Prophecy, God to be the mother not only of their shall take away his part out of the devotion, but of their hope; they took book of life, and out of the holy it all as their teachers pleased to re- city, and from the things which are late. But at the Reformation, when written in this book," Rev. xxii. 18, the English Church became Pro. I cannot read these passages withio testant, a new æra, triumphant for out inaking application of them to Religion, rose with healing in its wings, the whole of Holy Writ; and I take my and the Scriptures, notwithstanding authority for this from the Old Law, the struggles of a short period, be where the same is expressed by Moses. èame general. An attempt was made “ Ye shall not add unto the word

in the time of Rich. II. A.D. 1350, to which I command you, neither shall | suppress this progress by a Bill in the you diminish aught from it, that ye

House of Lords to prohibit the use may keep the commandments of the of English Bibles ; but it was rejected, Lord your God, which I command on the opposition of Jobo Duke of you;" Deut.iv.2.-And Solomon gives Lancaster, who is recorded to have ihe same admonition in Prov. xxX. 6, said, “ We will not be the dregs of In some of your Public Charges to all, seeing olher Nations have the your Clergy, and in many Discourses Law of God, which is the Law of our which your Lordship bas preached, faith, written in their owo language.” has not neglect of the study and I need scarcely refer for this fact to reading of the Scriptures been stated Dr. Gray's Key to the Old Testament, as the subject, or at least the root of who states it pon the authority of some moral evil which it was neces. Usher, Parker, Linwood, and Collier.

sary to expose? The Church has view. The History which is there given of ed this study as the chief means of the several editions which' followed, checking vice and immorality: your. shews not only how contradictory to

self and all other Christian Ministers the principles of Protestant Chris- have exhorted their people to be tianity is the least suppression of the frequent in assembling themselves toHoly Scriptures ; but also how con gether; and they have most wisely trary does it seem to the will of God, been taught that the study of the and to the end and design of the great Scriptures is perhaps the only one Messiah, who, by the spread of his worthy of mau; while he is charged Holy Word wills that all mankind with neglecting it the most, (Darshould be saved, and come to the naud.) Now, if to present them koowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. ii. 4. with a Bible without note or com

But is not the command gone forth, ment is a subversion of the Church, that every thing should be done which what has been the tendency of all can tend to promote the free circula- these Discourses ? for whosoever bas tion of the Holy Scriptures, and that had the means has purchased one, without note or comment; that all and those who have been destitute who read them may judge for them have gladly received the gist; so ibat selves? The Spirit of God, which is our venerable Monarch's prayer is over all his works, nay effect his own answered, that “ every cottager in divine Councils, and in his own graci- his dominions should read his Bible!" ous time! If the book of the Revela- and he could vot intend any injury tion of St. John has any genuine au to the Church, of wbich he is the thority, and it closes the sacred acknowledged temporal head. Canon of the Church,) our Lord is “ God himself® (says Lucas) has there represented, in terins of the ever carried on this one design of highest sublimity and dignified aụ. advancing wisdom amongst the sons

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of men : this is the preeminence of Apollos and many others, besides the his Law above those of men ; that Evangelists and A posties, strongly these restrain the actions, but those urge their examples, Acts xviii. 28; enlighten the mind, these punish and the Bereans afford a stroug case offences, but those, by informing the in point, who were much respected judgment and strengthening the rear for having searched the Scriptures son of man, prevent the commission for themselves, Acts xvii. 11. of them, and direct and instigate him Our Lord in his discourse to the to the practice of virtue.' That Jews directed them to search the Church which is built upon a rock Scriptures, “ für in them ye think ye must continue by its conformity to have eternal life, and they are they the Holy Scriptures; and yours pro which testify of me,” Joho v. 39.fesses that the chief merit of its Now those Scriptures of the Old TesLiturgy consists in this conformity - tament which he recommeoded could the wider theo that this conforarily only mean such as were received in is shewn, the more compacted be their Synagogue, aud read in their comes every joint, the more secure is worship as genuine, and descending the whole of its superstructure, and from Moses and the Prophets - he the more durable will be its gates ; could never have meant any pote, that, as the mistress of the whole paraphrase, or comment upon them, Protestant faith in Christendom, it by their fallible Targunists ; if he shall be preserved! It is therefore wished to impress upon them a kaowfar more morally and politically in- ld. e of and love for himself, which jurious to the Established Cburch to they might better acquire by reading check the free diffusion of the Scrip- those Scriptures which had mentures. You will recollect that when tioned him, it is obvious that he the Disciples questioned whose wife would refer them to the originals she should be in the resurrection who without any pote or commeat; and had seven husbands, error was ascrib- they were most likely to receive ed to them, and they were charged these as of authority, to teach and inwith neither kuowing the Scriptures struct them; as St. Paul afterwards nor the power of God; Matt. xxii. 29. taught his pupil Timothy, that "all Mark xii. 24. Had they known them, Scripture was given by inspiration of as it was their duty, they would not God, and is profitable for doctrine, have sought an answer to this ridicu- for reproof, for correction, for inlous doubt ; and this, among very struction in rigbteousness, thal the many other passages, shews the neces. man of God may be perfect, thorough sity of their free circulation, in order ly furnished unto all good works, that all mankind may be made wise 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. It is for all the unto salvation, 2 Tim. iii. 15. If by same purposes that the modern disany obstacles men remain ignorant seminators of the Bible fear not to of them, how can they be fulfilled; trust it in every hand the word of Mait. xxvi. 54.: To check the distrie God can do no harm to any princibution of the Scriptures, would take pality or power or Church in the a way the consolationi, as well as the rational world, which (as St. Peter spread, of Divine knowledge, and would have them all) are followers of would be a grievous disobedience of that which is good, 1 Pet. iii. 13. the command, Go and do likewise ! Shall vaio and frail man, who treads Every ignorant person is as a suffering this mortal stage his little hour, and traveller who needs their ready help ; then is numbered with his dust, the and after the benefit which we have mere tenant at will of his little sod, received by them, it is of the darkest who cannot lift himself above the ingralitude to do the least towards soil to wbich he is prone,-sball he hiding from others the key of Divine presume to say the holy and divine Truth, and the knowledge of their Re- word of God shall go thus far and no deewer, and to deprive the ignorant further! or that it shall be published and unwary traveller of the know, only with the Explanation and Comledge of his way, which was written mentary of mea as fallible and frail aforetime for our learning, that we, as himself! when Deity, condescending through patience and comfort of to his ignorance, has given his Revethese Holy Scriplures might have lation with the blessed Commentary hope; Rom. x4. 4. The case of of his only Son himself, written as of

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rying his fIoly Word to the remotest thority, to have announced his desire, corners of the globe.

and in vited all to come to bim ; and The Roman Catholic Church acted “ whosoever will, let him take the until now upon the same rule of re water of life freely; for I testify unto striction, rather more rigidly exacted; every man that heareth the words of and denied to their flock the reading the prophecy of this book, if any of the Holy Scriptures, or the know man shall add uuto these things, God ledge of them, without such Cate- shall add unto him the plagues that chisms and Comments as their Priest are written in this book : and if any hood thought fit to put into their man shall take away from the words hands: thus blind ignorance was made of the book of this Prophecy, God to be the mother not only of their shall take away his part out of the devotion, but of their hope; they took book of life, and out of the holy it all as their teachers pleased to re- city, and from the things which are late. But at the Reformation, when written in this book," Rev. xxii. 18, the English Church became Pro. I cannot read these passages withio testant, a new æra, triumphant for out making application of them to Religion, rose with healing in its wings, the whole of Holy Writ; and I take my and the Scriptures, notwithstanding authority for this from the Old Law, the struggles of a short period, be- where the same is expressed by Muses. came general. An attempt was made “Ye shall not add unto the word

in the time of Rich. II. A.D. 1350, to which I command you, neither shall | suppress this progress by a Bill in the you diminish aught from it, that ye

House of Lords to prohibit the use may keep the commandments of the of English Bibles; but it was rejected, Lord your God, which I command on the opposition of Jobo Duke of you;" Deut.iv.2.-And Solomon gives Lancaster, who is recorded to have the same admonition in Prov. xxx. 6, said, “ We will not be the dregs of In some of your Public Charges tu all, seeing other Nations have the your Clergy, and in many Discourses Law of God, which is the Law of our which your Lordship has preached, faith, written in their own language.” has not neglect of the study and I need scarcely refer for this fact to reading of the Scriptures been stated Dr. Gray's Key to the Old Testament, as the subject, or at least the root of who states it upon the authority of some moral evil which it was necesUsher, Parker, Linwood, aod Collier. şary to expuse? The Church bas view. The History which is there given of ed this study as the chief meaus of the several editions which followed, checking vice and immorality: yourshews But ooly how contradictory to self and all other Christian Ministers the principles of Protestant Chris- have exhorted their people to be tianity is the least suppression of the frequent in assembling themselves toHoly Scriplures ; but also how con gether; and they have most wisely trary does it seem to the will of God, been taught that the study of ihe and to the end and design of the great Scriptures is perhaps the only one Messiah, who, by the spread of his worthy of mau, while he is charged Holy Word wills that all mankind with peglecting, it the most, (Darshould be saved, and come to the naud.) Now, if to present ihem knowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. ii. 4. with a Bible without note or com

But is not the command gone forth, ment is a subversion of the Church, that every thing should be done which what has been the tendency of all can tend to promote the free circula. these Discourses ? for whosoever bas tion of the Holy Scriptures, and that had the means has purchased one, without note or comment; that all and those who have been destitute who read them may judge for them. have gladly received the gift; so ibat selves? The Spirit of God, which is our venerable Monarch's prayer is over all his works, nay effect his own answered, that "

every cottager in divine Councils, and in his own graci: his dominions should read bis Bible!" ous time! If the book of the Revela- and he could not inteud any injury tion of St. John has any genuine au to the Church, of which he is the thority, and it closes the sacred acknowledged temporal head. Canon of the Church,) our Lord is “ God himself (says Lucas) has there represented, in terins of the ever carried on this one design of highest sublimity and dignified ay. advancing wisdom amongst the sons

of

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