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elsewhere be very readily found, and West, of course, simply reprints it. Indeed, in all Works of this nature, there must be not a little that is matter of taste, rather than of precision in the arrangement.

Our Work is based on that of Talbot, and we honestly award him the credit of the original production. But it is not a New Edition of Talbot, such as that which West has recently given in his own name. What we mean is, that Talbot's Collection suggested the idea, and has guided us both in Sections and Verses; so that if he has selected the right verses in any place, we take them. Indeed, from the nature of the Work, this imitation or similarity cannot be avoided. If the original Conspiler gives every verse on a subject, a subsequent Editor, if he do not take the same verses, will be either defective or erroneous in his citations. Still, in almost every Section, we have been obliged to add, or subtract, or change. Talbot has thirty general Headings, we have forty-two. Yet we do not claim the merit of a wholly new production ; for, certainly, bad we not been preceded by Talbot, we should never have entered upon the Work at all. We say Talbot, and not West: for West is but a reprint of Talbot, with an imperfect Index, and a few slight variations, by no means so numerous as those found 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 sayings, “ 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 patriotismhis learning and talents-his hearty love of the truth, and adherence to it at all hazards 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 Member of her Majesty's Cabinet. It is, therefore, with regret, that we find his Book with but a very slight disguise published in America as West's, and it is with indignation that we see it openly plagiarized and reprinted without even his name at all, and that so recently as in London, 1848. This last and unblushing appropriator of Talbot has 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,_"This Work has been for many years a labour of love to the Author.” Surely if such a plagiar. ism of a common Author is usually branded as dishonesty, then coupled with such a state ment, and in reference to the Word of Truth itself, one is apt to call it by the hardei name of profanity.

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

? An Analogy of the Old and New Testaments, Systematically Classified. By T. Whowell, Two vols at London. Printed for the Author by William Clowes and Son, 1848.

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 every 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, Fbose 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 Antiquities and Theology. By the employment of Synopsis and Index, every subject of Scripture may be easily turned up, and full information speedily obtained. In fine, while our Book will save time and trouble to the inquirer, yet we counsel the continuous consultation 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 cabiDet. With all the imperfections of this volume, and they belong more or less to every compilation of the kind, we hope that it may be found to be really useful, that the Divine blessing may accompany it, and that it may meet with that cordial and extended velcome which has been, and still is so kindly vouchsafed to its two predecessors.


December, 1855.

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 contrasts to the Verses of the Topic or Section printed above it.

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