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serbeze be very rezies fosed, ad West, of course, copis repriats it. Indeed, in all Works di tes sisse, there must be not a little itt is Estie of taste, rather than of precision ia the arruagement.

C: Wszt is lased on ist of Taitot,' acd we bocetis asard him the credit of the original protein Bet it is not a Ser Euon of Talbot, sech as that which West has beasis area in bi ovo Lare. What we mean is that Talbot's Creetion suggested the iša, and las guided us both in Sections and Verses; so that if be bas selected the right rena in any piace, we take them. Indeed, from the battre of the Work, this imitativa or simiiarity cannot be avoided. If the original Corapiler gives every rerse on 1 subjects, a subsequent Editor, if he do not take the size verses will be either defective kertones in his citations. Stiil, in almost every Seetion, we have been obliged to wid, or sabtract, or change. Talbot has thirty general Headings, we bare forty-two. Yet we do not claim the merit of a stolly new production ; foz, certainly, had we not been preceded by Tallot, we shoud never have entered upon the Worš at all. We say Talbot, and not West: for West is bet a reprint of Talbot, with an imperfect Index, and a few sight variations, by no means so numerous as those fuund in many a Second Edition of a Book.

Dr. West says that his work is based on that of " the learned Talbot." The language is fitted to mislead, for his Octavo is simply Talbot's Quarto, with a somewhat different arrangement of " Books." The epithet of the learned Talbot," seems to suggest that Talbot belonged to one of the Professions, as they are called. Now, Matthew Talbot was a worthy layman of Leeds, a currier by trade, a good man, of high independence, and of patient and indomitable energy. His “ Analysis" was the result of the quiet and persistent study of many years, and certainly verifies one of his own quaint and common raying, “ I can honour any Draft drawn on the Bank of Patience." Mr. Talbot's daughter was married to Baines, the eminent printer. The old man's generosity and patriotism his learning and talents—his hearty love of the truth, and adherence to it at all hazard yet survive among his grand-children, and one of them, the Right Honourable Matthew Talbot Baines, raised by personal merit to his high position, is, at this moment, a Mem ber of her Majesty's Cabinet. It is, therefore, with regret, that we find his Book wit] but a very slight disguise published in America as West's, and it is with indignation tha we see it openly plagiarized and reprinted without even his name at all, and that si recently as in London, 1848. This last and unblushing appropriator of Talbot ha adopted the meaningless title of the “Analogy of the Old and New Testaments system atically Classified.”? What is worse, he is so audacious as to say in his Preface,—"Thi Work has been for many years a labour of love to the Author.” Surely if such a plagiat ism of a common Author is usually branded as dishonesty, then coupled with such a stati ment, and in reference to the Word of Truth itself, one is apt to call it by the harde name of profanity.

The Work, then, is simply Scripture printed under classified Heads. Thus to tak 1 An Analysis of the Holy Bible, containing the whole of the Old and New Testaments, collected an arranged systematically, in Thirty Books, by Matthew Talbot, 4to., Leeds, 1800. Printed by and for Edwar Baines, (Son in-law of the Author.)

2 An Analogy of the Old and New Testaments, Systematically Classified. By T. Whowell, Two vols, ata

the first Article, " AGRICULTURE," the reader will ascertain under it what is said in Scriptare as to the Land and Farms of Canaan, the processes of Husbandry, such as Ploughing, Sowing and Reaping, etc., and the allusions to them contained in the Prophets and in the Parables of our Lord, with much more of similar import. Talbot and West only use a Ferse once, and therefore some of their Sections are brief and scanty; on the other hand we have repeated many verses twice, thrice, and oftener-our only limit being the fear of too large a Volume. Great care has been taken to secure accuracy of reference, and efery verse has been turned up, and verified by young eyes and fingers in the retirement of a rural Manse. The technical labour of preparing Copy has been performed by One, whose relationship to the Editor gave her a filial interest in the daily and protracted task. The Work is enriched with a very full Index prepared with characteristic accuracy by a friend, whose labours in a similar field we have elsewhere acknowledged. Another peculiar advantage will be found in the prefixed Synopsis, which is so constructed that it may be read continuously, and it will be found to exhibit a bird's eye view of Biblical Autiquities and Theology. By the employment of Synopsis and Index, every subject of Seripture may be easily turned up, and full information speedily obtained. In fine, while Car Book will save time and trouble to the inquirer, yet we counsel the continuous consaltation of the Scriptures themselves, and of the verses in their original connection. For there is a living unity in the Bible amidst all its diversity, and it is with it as with the minerals of the globe, which present a more glorious order in the respective positions in which nature has placed them, than when artificially arranged on the shelves of a cabi

With all the imperfections of this volume, and they belong more or less to every cumpilation of the kind, we hope that it may be found to be really useful, that the livine blessing may accompany it, and that it may meet with that cordial and extended welcome which has been, and still is so kindly vouchsafed to its two predecessors.


December, 1852.

The Dash-so often introduced, is designed to point out some differences in the Verscs following it, such as Allusions and Examples, or instances and Statements adduced as Otrasts to the Verses of the Topic or Section printed above it.

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