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AMERICAN BIBLE TJMON :
OF ITS ORIGIN, OBJECT, 11 (MDUCT,
WITH A LIST OF
ITS REVISERS AND REVISIONS,
EXHIBITING ITS CONDITION AND PROSPECTS.
BY 0. B. JUDD.
E. H. TRTPP, PRINTER, 272 GREEXWICH STREET.
AMERICAN BIBLE UNION.
THE resignation of Archibald Maclay, D.D., as President of the
American Bible Union, with his statement of the reasons which led him
to take that step, has awakened no little inquiry and anxiety in the
minds of many, as to the real condition and practical working of that
In the official papers of the Bible Union, and of the Revision Asso-
ciation, it is stated that,
Dr. Maclay " had free access to every document in the archives of the Union,
and whenever he desired it, copies of them were furnished for his personal use" ;
that, " They [Dr. Maclay and myself] have occupied positions that should have
opened all the affairs of the Bible Union to their inspection ;" and that, " We do
not.^call in question the goodness of Father Maclay." " We do not and cannot
attribute his unlooked-for course to any moral obliquity of heart or mind."
It is here admitted that Dr. Maclay had the means of knowing all
the facts in the case, and that he is too upright to affirm anything upon
his own personal knowledge, which he does not know to be true ; from
which it must be concluded that his statement is entirely reliable. For
the idea that lie is mentally incapable of ascertaining and telling the
truth, relative to the subject matter of his pamphlet, is too absurd to
admit of a question. And the allegation that he is not the " real au-
thor " of the pamphlet bearing his name, and containing the reasons of
his resignation, has no foundation in truth.
All candid inquirers are, therefore, referred to Dr. Maclay's statement,
for accurate information upon every matter of which he speaks. But
having been myself one of its founders, and a member of its Board, from
the beginning to the present time ; having often, in . public and in pri-
vate, commended the Institution, as worthy of implicit confidence and
liberal support ; and being now satisfied that, through official misman-
agement, the organization has been so crippled, that it cannot, without
a radical reformation, overcome the inherent difficulties of the undertak-
ing, I feel it my duty to add my testimony to what Dr. Maclay has
stated, and to give some additional information,
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Such an exposition is rendered doubly necessary by the imposing mis-
representations which have been palmed upon the public, in opposition
to the letter of Dr. Maclay.
But before making any statement with direct reference to the condi-
tion and management of the Bible Union, I will dispose of some allega-
tions, which the officers of the Union and the Revision Association have
made against me ; as such allegations, if left unrefuted, might unjustly
impair the credibility of my testimony. Two* official documents of the
Bible Union, and onef of the Revision Association, abound with calum-
nious expressions like the following :
' "Something less than a year before the decease of Dr. Cone, Dr. Judd had
threatened to sue him, as President of the Bible Union, and it was with great diffi-
culty that he was prevented from carrying the threat into execution." "After
the painful circumstances connected with this affair, Dr. Cone felt deeply wounded,
and frequently alluded in these rooms to the unkind and ungrateful conduct which
he experienced from that quarter, and declared that the Union would have great
trouble with him (Dr. Judd) one of these days." "Dr. Judd has even gone so far
as to say before the Board, that the less reference was made to that name (Dr.
Cone's), in conducting our business, the better." " No sooner had the Committee
met than it became apparent that the real object of Dr. Judd was to destroy the
character and standing of the Corresponding Secretary." " He did, from the 1st
of June, 1854, to the 1st of January, 1855 seven months of the time in which he
drew his full salary as a reviser edit and publish the N. Y. Chronicle, and keep its
pecuniary accounts." "Brother Judd refuses to give any information about the
probable time of completing the work assigned him." " This estimate of his own
merits and of the value of his labors far exceeds that of reasonable men." "Mr.
Judd was editor and half-proprietor of the New York Monthly Chronicle, which lin-
fjred out an existence of twenty months, before the Bible Union was formed, and,
om its limited circulation, was a loss to its owners. Many of the friends of the
Bible Union, including some of its officers, thought that he would succeed better,
if he would convert it into a weekly, which he did, about four months after the
Bible Union was organized. He continued the weekly until Jan. 1st, 1855, when
he sold it to Messrs. Church & Backus. The Bible Union never had any control
of the paper, nor any responsibility for its management or its finances. Many of the
managers and other friends of the Union, felt grieved at the manner in which its
business was conducted and the tone of its editorials, especially during the last
two years before Dr. Judd left it. Whether it was or was not a pecuniary loss to
him or to. his partner in business, we have no means of knowing. But of this we
are assured, that, with proper management it would have paid well. No religious
paper with which we are acquainted, commenced under more favorable auspices.
That Dr. Judd has a singular faculty of alienating friends, and that he has suc-
cessfully exercised this faculty in the management of the New York Chronicle, all
who had dealings with him know full well. * * * For more than two
years before he left we were painfully convinced that from the manner in which
* 1. The official reply of the Bible Union to Dr. Maclay, which was published in
the New York Times of July 26th, 1856, and in the Bible Union Quarterly, of about
the same date, over the signatures of Thos. Armitage, Wm H. Wyckoff, E. Parmly,
E. S. Whitney, C. A. Buckbee, and S. Pier. 2. The official reply of the Union to
my letter in the Times of Aug. 6th, 1856, which was likewise addressed to the Times,
and was intended to be signed by the officers, as it says, " Some of the officers who
sign this document, can testify," &c. ; but which was published : only in the Bible
Union Department of the N. Y. Chronicle, where it appeared without any signa-
f The book written by J.Edmunds and T. S. Bell, "on behalf of the BevifiiOB
Association," and published at Louisville, in 1856. , ' .
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it was conducted, it was a decided detriment to the cause/' "Who can safely deal
with such a man in business matters counected with revision? * * f * m
The Board of the Bible Union could hare no comfort and no safety in continuing
in its employ a man who assumes and acts upon such positions." "The attempt
by a few ambitious spirits to mate the Bible Union subservient to their uses, has
been promptly met and put down." " They [Drs. BreeMnridee, Denison, Aaams,
Trimble, and Gordon] are standing before the community as the peddlers of the
paltry slanders of a dismissed reviser of the Bible Union." " Dr. Judd was unwor-
thy; to be continued as a reviser." " Such blasts, as Dr. Jutld blows upon Dr. Ma-
clay's slogan." " Dr. Judd is the chief maehinator of all this war upon the Bible
Union." " From January down to June Dr. Judd 4ept this committee examining
into every conceivable charge he could invent. His target for perpetual elimina-
tion was the Secretary j just as that functionary is the target of the pamphlet, and
according to the testimony.of all other tnen who know him, NO PCREB MAN WTESTJFON THE
EAKTH." " Dr. Judd himself could see nothing of the kind until he was degraded
from a position he was unworthy to hold afflong the revisers of the Bible Union."
"Dr. Judd became incensed against all who were engaged in his dismission from
that Committee, and against all who approved it, declaring that he would not be
put on a level with other revisers." " Dr. Judd was unworthy to be continued as
a reviser." " Dr. Judd, after being dismissed from the confidence, the service and
treasury of the Bible Union," &c. " "We feel confident that it is to ihe influence of
Dr. OrrinB. Judd, a dismissed reviser from the Bible Union Booms, we are mainly
if not wholly, indebted for the mendacious pamphlet issued under lie name of Drv
" "Witness his behavior while a student at Hamilton, an editor of the New
York Chronicle, and his whole course of conduct against the officers and the
Board of Directors of tire Bible Union."
"While I was absent at Georgetown, attending the anniversary exercises, and
engaged in important denominational affairs, brethren Armitage and Baiter visited
the Louisville Board, and converted them from their purpose to inquire further
into the affairs and doings of the Bible Union." " I understand they left the im-
pression on the Board that great forbearance has been exercised towards you :
that for a long time your temper has been sour ; that you seem to be influenced
by:ambition; that you have exhibited a- covetous spirit, and made exorbitant De-
mands upon the Board, which they, were illy 'prepared toimeet; that, six month*
before his death, the lamented Cone lost confidence in youj and predicted mis-
chief to the Society from your influence ; that you treated with wanton contempt
the authority of the Board, and the official action of its Committees," " Titey
solemnly aver that you would give them no assurances that Matthew should be :
done in one, two, or five years." W. W. Everts*
. All these, except the last two paragraphs, are foundin the official docu-
ments of the Bible Union and the Revision Association, over the names
of Thos. Armitage, Wm. H. Wyckoff, E. Parmly, E. S. Whitney, C. A.
Buckbee, S. Pier, J. Edmunds, and T. S. Bell. The last but one is
found over the name of S. E. Shepard, in the Bible Union Department
of the N. Y. Chronicle, which is published under the supervision of the
" officers at the Rooms."
I have carefully deliberated whether it is worth while to publish a-
formal refutation of :these calumnies, The Genius of Aron has well said:
, "The purest treasure mortal times afford
( Is reputation-; that awayj
Men' are but gilded loam, or painted 1 clay."
And the Sage of Israel tells us that "a good name is rather to be cho-
seti than great riches." How sacred; then, is the duty which an indi-
Tidual owes to himself and^his^ friends, whe% from envy and malice, men/
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like harpies, prey upon a priceless reputation, in the name of religion !
when the tongue of slander, which, to use the awful language of an
Apostle, is "set on fire of hell," blackens with its infernal' soot and
smoke the jewels of character which it cannot consume ! Nevertheless,
it is sometimes the painful duty of an individual, when basely calumni-
ated, to snffer in silence, lest an open vindication of personal injuries
should inflict a greater evil upon important public interests. And if the
effects of this detraction could be confined to me alone, I would make no
reply. But as it is adapted, if not designed, to discredit whatever
statement the ends of truth and justice may require me to make concern-
ing the Bible Union, and thereby to shield the gross mismanagement of
that Institution from public condemnation, I am constrained to vindicate
myself from these foul aspersions, put forth under the official seal of the
Bible Union and the Revision Association. For, when the highest powers
of corporate Institutions are so prostituted before the public, as not only
to defame the characters of individuals, but to dishonor the Institutions
themselves, and defeat the very object for which all their powers were
created, then forbearance ceases to be a virtue, and silence is sinful.
To meet the general influence of these aspersions upon my character,
I will first produce a chain of testimonies which even my accusers cannot
gainsay ; after which their specific allegations against me will be sepa-
Testimonial from the Faculty at Hamilton, Aug. 18, 1841.
REV. F. "WAYLAND, D. D. , President of Brown University :
DEAR SIB, I write you by request of the Faculty of this Institution, to intro-
duce to your acquaintance our much esteemed friend and brother, Orrin B. Judd,
who wishes to become a member of your next Senior Class. Mr. Judd would be
glad to retain a nominal connection with this Institution, for reasons of a pecuni-
ary character, and affecting, in his opinion, the prosecution of his theological
course, after the close of the present year. There is nothing to prevent his being
honorably dismissed from our Institution, if that were his desire ; and the Faculty
will be pleased if you find it consistent to favor his designs.
Mr. Judd is a member of our Senior Collegiate Class for the year just closed,
and has held an honorable standing in it
With very great respect, J. H. KAYMOND.
' " Hamilton Lit & Theol. Inst. )
Aug. 18, 1841. ' J
From Rev. J. 3. Maginnis, D. D. Aug. 24, 1841.
HAMILTON LIT. & THEOL. IKSTTTUTIOX,
Aug. 24, 1841.
\ REV. & DEAR SIR,
This note will introduce to your acquaintance Mr. Orrin B. Judd, a member of
the Senior Class in our Literary Department. He is brother to our late lamented
Judd, who has written so ably on the subject of Baptism. He is a young gentle-
man of fine talents, and of persevering industry in study. As Prof. Conant will
be absent for a year in Germany, Mr. Judd has concluded, with the other members
of his class, to defer entering upon his theological studies till next year. He is
anxious, therefore, to spend a year in Brown University, and enjoy for a while the
instructions of a man, of whom he has heard much, and for whom he cherishes the
Very sincerely and affectionately yours,
J. S. MAGINNIS.
Rev. F. WAYLAND. D, D.
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From the Baptist Church in Fabitis, Aug. 24, 1841.
THIS may certify that the bearer, Bro. Orrin B. Judd, is a member of the Baptist
Church in Fabius, Onondaga county. N. Y. We are happy in being able to say
that Bro. Judd has our fullest confidence as a Christian brother, and has for some
years past been more or less engaged in preaching the Gospel, while prosecuting
a course of study at Hamilton, preparatory to a more full engagement in the
Christian ministry, with the entire approbation of the brethren with whom he is
united in Church fellowship. He is therefore affectionately commended, both as a
Christian brother and as a Minister, to the kind regards and Christian affection of
all who love our Lord Jesus in sincerity, wherever Divine Providence may cast
By Order of the Baptist Church, )
Fabius, Aug. 24, 1841. J
From Rev. Francis Wayland, D. D. Aug. 27, 1842.
This may certify that the bearer, Mr. Orrin B. Judd, a member of the Senior
Class, having completed the studies of the Collegiate Course, in regular standing,
is, at his own request, dismissed from Brown University.
BROWN UNIVERSITY, Aug. 27, 1842.
Mr DBAK SDR,
I send you the dismission which you request, though I sincerely regret that you
should think it your duty to ask for it. I can imagine no reason why you should
think such a course imperative, though I doubt not the purity of the motives
which have led to it. Should you alter your determination, and let me know in
time, I will with pleasure recommend you with your class.
Accept the assurance of my sincere regard, and my best wishes for your pros-
Yours, very truly,
Mr. O. B. JUDD.
From the Facility at Hamilton. Aug. 1844.
The Faculty of Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution hereby certify-
that Mr. O. B. Judd has completed, at this Institution, such a course of Literary
and Scientific studies as is ordinarily pursued in the Colleges of the United States.
He has^also completed our course of Theology. Having sustained a good moral
.and religious character, he is now honorably dismissed.
NATHL. KENDRICK, Prof. Sysi. Theol.
J. S. MAGINNIS, Prof. Bib. TheoL
T. J. CONANT. Prof. Eel. Sf Bib. Chit. % Inter.
GEO. W. EATON, Prof. Oiv. Sf Ecdes. Hist.
A. C. KENDRICK, Prof. Gr. Lang. Sf Lit.
STEPHEN W. TAYLOR, Prof. Mat. Sf Nat. PW.
JOHN F. RICHARDSON, Prof. Lot. Lan. Sf Lit.
J. H. RAYMOND, Prof. Rhet. Sf Eng. Lang.
P. B. SPEAR, Prof. Heb.
HAMILTON, Aug. 1844.
From the Faculty at Washington, D. C. Sept. 12, 1844.
WE, the Curators, President, and Professors of Columbian College, in the Dis-
trict of Columbia, testify that Orrin B. Judd, an ingenuous young man, has
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applied himself to the study of Literature and the Sciences with success ; having
regularly and faithfully gone through with all the exercises of this Institution.
Wherefore, by the authority vested in us, we have conferred upon him the first
Degree in the Arts, and all the rights and privileges everywhere pertaining to the
.same ; of which this Instrument, ratified with the seal of the College, and our sigr
natures, may be for a testimony.
J. L. EDWARDS,
ALBION K. PARRIS,
THOS. P. JONES, M.D.,
H. L. ELLSWORTH,
JOEL S. BACON, President,'
THOS. SEWALL. M.D., Path, et Prax. Med.
WM. RUGGLES, A.M., Math, et Phil. Nat. Prof.
H. LINDSLY, M.D., Art. Obstet.
THOS. MILLER, M.D., Anat. et Physiol.
J. M. THOMAS, M.D., Mat. Med. et Therap.
WM. P. JOHNSTON, M.D.
J. B. CHAPLIN, A.M., Ling. Grcec. et Lot. Prof.
CoLtEGE ButLWNCfS, Sept. 12, 1844.
Prom the faculty at Hamilton. Aug. 1846.
WE, the Curators and Professors of Madison University, certify that O. B. Judd*
an ingenuous young man, of upright deportment, has applied himself diligently
and successfully to the study of Literature and the Sciences, and to all the other
duties of this Institution. Wherefore, by virtue of the authority committed to us,
we have conferred upon him the Second Degree in the Arts, together with all the
rights, privileges and honors everywhere pertaining to the same. Of which this
parchment, with the College seal and our signatures, may be for a testimony.
From the College Buildings, at our Annual Commencement, Aug. 1846.
J. S. MAGINNIS. Bib. Theol. Prof.
T. J. CONANT, Ling. Beb. Prof.
GEO. W. EATON, Hist. Civ. Sf Eccks Prof.
A. C. KENDRICK, Grcsc. Ling, et Lit. Prof.
J. F. RICHARDSON, Lai. Ling, et Lit. Prof.
3. H. RAYMOND, Prof. Kket. 8f Bell. Lett.
P. B. SPEAR, Ling. Heb. Prof. - .
Prom the Corporation of Madison University. Aug. 26, 1850.
REV. 0. B. J0DD,
I have the pleasure of communicating to you the following resolution of the-
Board of Trustees of MADISON UNiVERsrrT, passed at a meeting held in Hamilton,
Aug. 22, 1850.
Resolved, That Rev. ORRIN B. JUDD, A. M>> be and hereby is elected Professor of
Greek in Madison University;
HENRY TOWERj President of the Board,
P. B. SPEAR, Secretary.
Hamilton, Aug. 26, 1850.
I remain, dear brother, sincerely yours,
P. B. SPBARv
Prom Rev. S. H. Cone, D.D., and Wav H. Wyckofil Apr. 19, 1853.
The undersigned have carefully examined all the matters referred to in the fore-
going article, and find nil the certificates and letters embraced in it to be exact.
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aid" faithful copies of genuine original documents. We consider them as placing
the character and standing of Bro. ORRIN B. JUDD above reproach, and as fully
proving that the Faculty at Hamilton cherished implicit confidence in him, and
we regard the attack made upon him by the editor of the New York Recorder, and
endorsed by the editor of the Western Watchman, as totally destitute of even the
shadow of justification. "We cannot sufficiently express our disgust at such mali-
cious and wicked attempts to injure private character.
S. H. CONE,
WM. H. WYCKOFF.
New York, Apr. 19, 1853.
From the Faculty at Hamilton. May 5, 1853.
MADISON UNIVERSITY, May 5, 1853.
REV. O. B. JUDD,
DEAR BROTHER : It is our duty, in compliance with your request, to testify to
the genuineness of the Diploma of 1844, as published in the New York Chronicle,
vol. iii., No. 29.
That instrument is your property, and you are fairly entitled to all the advan-
tages that it is adapted to secure. It was intended to denote unequivocally, the
confidence of the Faculty in the soundness of the faith and morals of the pupil on
whom it was conferred.
This species of document, presents the final balance of the pupil's account with
the government of the Institution, of which he has been a member j it is virtually
sworn to by the Faculty ; they cannot contradict it without virtual perjury.
By order and in behalf of the } '
FACULTY OP MADISON UNIVERSITY, f GEO. W. EATON,
STEPHEN W. TAYLOR,
Prom Rev. J. L. Waller, LL.D. April 10, 1854.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 10, 1854.
DEAR BRO. JUDD,
* * * * I felt that this explanation was due alike to you and
myself. For there is no man living whose good opinion I would more regret to
lose, than yours. Fraternally yours.
JOHN L. WALLER.
Prom Rev. Si H- Cone, D.D. July 31, 1854.
SCHOOLEY-'S MOUNTAIN, N. J.,
July 31, 1854.
MY DEAR BROTHER,
I wrote to Brother Buckbee last week, and requested him to obtain your help,
if possible, for the first Lord's day of August, in the First Church. It will be our
regular Communion season. You are well known to the church, and your labors
are acceptable. So fail me not, I pray you, in this thing.
Mrs. C. and myself are getting a little stronger. I preached yesterday, and
the prcrious Lord's day once, to large audiences.
Your affectionate* Brother in Bible bonds,
/ - " S. H. CONE. -
REV. O. B. JUDD.
' " -
Prom the Corporation of Madison University. Aug. 1854.
YERY DEAR SIR,
I have the : pleasure of communicating to you the following ACT OB-MADISON
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Resolved, That the DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LAWS (LL.D.)i be conferred on Rev.
O. B. JUDD, of New York City.
Done at the University Buildings, in Hamilton. N. T.. on Commencement Day,
the sixteenth of August, A.D. 1854.
P. B. SPEAR,
Secretary of the Corporation.
Prom Rev. D. E. Thomas, Editor.
The honorary title of LL.D. was conferred on Rev. Orrin B. Judd, editor of the
New York Chronicle, at the late Commencement of Madison University. If there
oe any honor connected with this title, Bro. Judd amply deserves it. Christian
Prom Rev. J. L. "Waller, LL.D., Editor.
HONOR TO WHOM HONOR is DUE. Rev. O. B. Judd has recently had conferred
upon him, by the Madison University, New York, the degree of LL.D. Mr. Judd
is justly entitled to that honor, as he is one of the best and most critical scholars,
as well as strongest and ablest writers. Western Recorder, Aug. 30, 1854.
The specific allegations made against me by officers of the Bible Union
and the Revision Association, will now be disposed of in a succinct his-
tory of my connection with the revision enterprize.
When this enterprize, as subsequently undertaken by the Amer-
ican. Bible Union, originated, I was pastor of a church in this city ;
at the same time editing the .ZVeio York Monthly Chronicle. Being invi-
ted, by my esteemed friend and brother, Rev. Dr. Everts, to attend a
meeting of the Board of the Am. and For. Bible Society, in which the
subject of revision was under discussion, I met with them and became
satisfied that a careful revision of our common version by competent
scholars was not only right, but vastly important ; so that from a con-
viction of truth and a sense of duty, I at once heartily and openly
espoused the cause. I advocated it in the meetings of the Board and
the Society. I wrote- the first articles in favor of it, in the New York
Recorder. And when the columns of that paper, like those of every
other religious journal in the Northern States, east of the Alleghany
mountains, were closed against any further discussion of the subject, I
gave up nearly the whole space of my Monthly Chronide, as its pages
now show, for the advocacy of that cause ; whereby its circulation waa
greatly curtailed, and its prosperity permanently checked. But this
service and sacrifice for the Revision cause, instead of being credited to
me, are now used by the officers of the Bible tJnion to injure my repu-
With a view, it would seem, to represent me as having been ineffi-
cient and unsuccessful generally, the officers of the Bible Union say :
' " Mr. Judd was editor and half-proprietor of the New York Monthly Chronide,
which lingered out an existence of twenty months, before the Bible Union was formed*
and, from its limited circulation, was a loss to its owners."
But the following testimonies will show the estimation in which that
periodical was held previous to the revision controversy, by those best
qualified to judge in the case:
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" THE NEW YORK CHRONICLE. We have received the first number of this new-
magazine, edited by Eev. 0. B. Judd. The editor is well known in Connecticut,
as an able writer, and also as a very worthy minister of the gospel. No one who
knows him, will donbt his ability to conduct a periodical of this character." Chris-
" THE NEW YORK CHRONICLE. The first number of this new work is before us,
and we are happy to be able to speak in terms of high commendation of its char-
acter. Its contents are rich, varied, and judiciously arranged, and it- strikes us
that the Chronicle is destined to furnish what has been long desirable." Michigan
" The New York Chronicle is edited by the Eev. OrrinB. Judd, a gentleman whose
talents and acquirements will enable him to give great value to this publication."
" Ministers and church members generally have felt the necessity of some such
periodical, that should furnish a compendium of all the most important religious
and secular intelligence from this land and foreign lands, in a convenient form for
ready examination and future reference, to fill up a gap occupied by no other
And the name of the editor is an ample pledge that it would be faithfully done."
New York Baptist Register.
" The February number of this new monthly and ' permanent repository of reli-
gious intelligence,' has reached us, with a manifest improvement on the first issue."
" The New York Chronicle for March has come to hand, still more improved than
either of the preceding, and impressing one still more with the conviction of its
present and future usefulness." Ibid.;
"It is a useful sphere which Mr. Judd proposes to occupy, and of his ability to
perform the undertaking with distinguished success we have no doubt."- New York
" The Chronicle is well edited and beautifully printed." -ZV. Y. Journal of Com-
" I regard the plan as excellent, and the work as filling a desideratum in our
denominational literature. I have no doubt you will make it an important publi-
cation for the Baptists of the present day, and still more so for those of future
generations." .Sea. A. C. Kendrick, D.D., Prof, in Madison University.
" The New York Chronicle appears well. It will-command respect ; and from the
important field which it is to occupy it must secure patronage. If conducted as it
now promises, it must be regarded by every intelligent minister as almost indis-
pensable." Rev. Geo. W. Eaton, D.D., Prof, in Madison University.
" The Chronicle for July, is one of the best of this excellent work. It is seldom
indeed we have read anything of equal interest." Mich. Chris. Herald.
" The New York Chronicle for December, is equal in interest to its predecessors.
The Chronicle is as well worth its subscription price for present use, as any other
publication ; but its great recommendation is that it possesses a character and
qualities which will cause its value to increase with age." Ibid.
/'THE NEW YORK CHROXICLE. This monthly is edited, with decided ability and
with remarkable industry, by Rev. Orrin B. Judd ; and, if we must speak the
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whole truth, it is the neatest and best work of the sort which we receive. The
editor's style is easy, lucid, and fair ; and his industry is truly commendable. The
first year of the Chronicle is just completed, making a volume of 384 pages, to
which is added a full ' index of the subjects.' The price of this work is one dollar,
and the engravings are WORTH FIVE TIMES THE MONEY. Alabama Baptist Advocate.
In the summer of 1850, I was elected to the Professorship of the
Greek Language and Literature in Madison University, which my
ardent love for that noble Institution, my own Alma Mater, strongly
inclined me to accept, and which, but for the cause of revision, I prob-
? ably should have accepted. But the earnest dissuasions of Dr. Cone,
I Dr. Armitage, Mr. Wyckoff, and many others, who regarded the estab-
1 lishment of a weekly paper as exceedingly important, if not absolutely
| indispensable to the successful prosecution of the revision enterprize, led
Ime to the conclusion that my humble efforts were more needed in this
pace than in Hamilton, where another equally competent could be more
pasily obtained. I accordingly declined the Professorship, and agreed
to resign my pastoral charge, stop my monthly magazine at the close of
the current volume, December, 1850, and give my entire services, with-
out remuneration, as editor of a weekly paper for three years, on the
assurance that some other person or persons would be found to assume
the financial responsibility, and conduct the business department of the
paper. In pursuance of this distinct understanding, the first number of
the New York Weekly Chronicle, bearing my name as its editor, was
issued before any such business arrangements had been consummated, as
Mr. Wyckoff and others were extremely anxious and urgent to have it
out with the first Anniversary of the Bible Union. Then, after all this
had been done, when it was too late for me tp draw back, the assuran-
ces of coadjutors and pecuniary provision failed", leaving to me alone, and
absolutely unaided,* the Herculean task of establishing a weekly news-
paper, for the avowed object of advocating a cause already proscribed
and" condemned by men in high places, and, at their bidding, by the
popular voice, throughout the length and breadth of our land, as not
only evil in itself, but dangerous in all its tendencies ; the almost pre-
sumptuous undertaking of trying to establish such a paper, in this city,
under the shadow of the most powerful rival, and against the combined
opposition of the religious press, throughout the country an undertak-
ing pronounced by the N. Y. Observer as presumptuous as that of bridg-
ing the Atlantic. Yet by the blessing of God, as I believe, that under-
taking was crowned with success ; so that the New York Chronicle, when
I left it in 1854, had a large list of subscribers. For upwards of three
* A show of assistance was made by a few individuals subscribing each for sev-
eral copies for a term of years* Thus, "Wm^ H. Wyckoff agreed to take twenty cop-
ies for five years ; and .when he had received either directly or through-agents of the
Bible Union and others,, and transferred to me,, the names of twenty subscribers
with their money, he regarded.bimself as having fulfilled the engagement. Since
that he has not, to my knowledge, so much as paid for his own copy or copies;
supplying himself from- ihose furnished to the Rooms at the^ expense of the Bible
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years and alialf, I labored according to the best of my ability in that
paper, which was established for the special benefit of the Bible Union,
and iriamly devoted to its support. That an incalculable amount of
effective service was gratuitously performed by me for the Bible Union
through that paper, is well known to the officers and patrons of that
Yet all this is now used by those officers to injure my reputation.
They represent me as struggling unsuccessfully to sustain the Monthly
Chronicle, &nd would have it understood that for my sake they advised me
to change it into a weekly ; which they say I did. Then they allege
that with this I damaged the Union. Thus :
"Many of the friends of the Bible Union, including some of its officers, thought
that he would succeed better^ if he would convert it into a weekly, which he did
about four months after the Bible Union was organized." * * * "Many
of the managers and other friends of the Union felt grieved at the manner in
which its business was conducted, and the .tone of its editorials." * * *
"For more than two years before he left, we were painfully convinced that, from
the manner in which it was conducted, it was a decided detriment to the cause."
Let it be observed, that, so far from the Monthly being changed into
the Weekly Chronicle, the former was published three months after the
commencement of the latter. As to the character and conduct of the
Weekly Chronicle, let the following witnesses speak :
" NEW YORK WEEKLY CHRONICLE. We may not close this Report without allu-
ding to a circumstance that is likely to have a permanent effect upon the pros-
perity- of the Union the establishment of a religious paper at the seat of opera-
tions, which, it is understood, will be free to publish our communications, and,
when occasion requires, to sustain the advocacy of our principles. In consequence
of the want of such facilities, the expenses, during the short four months of our
existence, have been uncommonly great. * * * Being cut off from all the
usual facilities of the press, we were obliged to have recourse to the issue of pam-
phlets and circulars to an extent which we trust will never again be necessary.
* * * The advantages of a weekly paper, in the support of such an In-
stitution, are immeasurably superior." By Wm. H. Wyckoff. 1st Report of Bible
Union, p. 29.
"The New York Weekly Chronicle is the title of the paper which the Bible Union
has established for the purpose of advocating its interests. Rev. O. B. Judd is its
editor." Christian Secretary, Oct. 18, 1850.
"We have received the first number of the New York Chronicle, a medium-sized
weekly sheet, to be devoted mainly to the advocacy of the principles and policy
of the American Bible Union. It is edited by Rev. 0. B. Judd. Though we can-
not in every respect sympathize with Brother Judd in his views, we would most "
cheerfully appreciate his conscientiousness and ability." New York Recorder. Oct.
"In the last number of the New York Recorder we find the above, which seems
to be written as a congratulation of the existence and prosperity of this paper, as
the organ of the American Bible Union." Christian Chronicle, Oct. 23, 1850.
'I NEW YORK WEEKLY CHRONICLE, is the title of the first number of a paper
which bears the name of that indomitable advocate of the 'New Version,' the Rev.
O. B. Judd, as editor. We have no doubt, that if zeal and industry can make a
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popular paper, Bro. Judd's subscription list will increase with astonishing rapid-
ity. Southern Baptist, Oct. 23, 1850.
" NEW YORK "WEEKLY CHRONICLE. "We have received, within a few days, the
first and second numbers of this new paper, edited by Bro. O. B. Judd. It is a
neat little sheet, chiefly devoted to the advocacy of the cause of the Bible Union.
The competency of the esteemed editor to make an imposing plea in behalf of any
cause he may espouse, is not to be called in question." Baptist Register, Oct. 24,
"New YORK, Nov. 12, 1851.
" DEAR BRO. JODD,- *******
" Before the existence of the Chronicle, an impunity in this respect [of misrep-
resentation] was enjoyed by editors opposed to the Union and its principles. Now,
the circulation of your paper is surpassed by few in our denomination, and we
rejoice that both sides can be freely heard through its columns.
" WM. H. WYCKOFF, Car. Sec,"
" I believe the Chronicle is destined to be one of the most efficient and widely
influential religious papers in the denomination. I feel deeply interested in its
success. I admire the talent and tact with which it has been conducted thus far.
" Very truly yours.
GEO. W. EATON.
"Hamilton, Nov. 14, 1851."
" The Chronicle has been, from its commencement, the consistent and efficient ad-
vocate of the principles of the Union ; and has accomplished, and still continues to
accomplish, a great amount of good, for which the Union is justly grateful.
WM. H. WYCKOFF, Cor. Sec.
"An. BIBLE UNION, }
" New York, Nov. 3, 1854." f
The last of these extracts was written and published by Mr. Wyckoff,
over his own name, less than two months before the Chronicle passed
from Judd & Maclay to Church & Backus. And yet the same Wm. H.
Wyckoff, Cor. Sec. of the Am. Bible Union, now unites with other
officers of that Institution, in declaring that, for more than two years
before I left the paper, they were painfully convinced that, from the
manner in which it was conducted, it was " a decided detriment to the
cause." Upon this no comment is needed. The man who could write
the one then, and the other now, has himself furnished the public with
the unmistakable data of a righteous verdict, from which there is no
At the Anniversary of the Philadelphia Bible Union, Nov. 18, 1854,
Dr. Armitage being present, it was unanimously
Resolved, That the Neio York Chronicle is worthy of the most liberal patronage,
both for its able advocacy of faithful versions of God's word, and for its indepen-
dent and impartial treatment of other great questions of the day.
The following was written by. JAMES EDMUNBS, Cor. Sec. Rev. Asso-
ciation, upon my leaving the Chronicle at the beginning of 1855 :
"Every friend of revision would regret the retirement of Rev. 0. B. JUDD from
the chair editorial, were they not assured that his valuable services are to be se-
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cured in another department of the great work. No firmer friend of straight-for"-
ward honesty, no more determined enemy of party trickery and political manage-
ment iu religious matters ; no one more ready to sacrifice personal ease to a great
work for the public good, have we known, than OKRIST B. JUDD."
Besides the incalculable amount of labor performed for the Union
through the columns of the -ZV. Y. Chronicle, I wrote numerous elabo-
rate documents in advocacy of the revision cause, at the special request
of its leading friends. Of these it is proper to mention the following :
An Address on "A revised version of the English Scriptures ;" the
" Constitution of the American Bible Union ;" together with a consid-
erable portion of the accompanying " Address to the Public ;" a " Re-
view of Dr. Williams' Pastoral Letter," vindicating Messrs. CONE and
WYCKOFF from the withering rebukes of his powerful pen ; an " Ad-
dress on the Translation of JBaptizo," before the Revision Association
at Memphis, Tenn. ; a "Reply to Dr. Williams," in the correspondence
between him and the Bible Union ; an " Address on Revision or no
Revision," before the Philadelphia Bible Union ; an " Address on the
Practicability of Revision," before the Saratoga Bible Union ; an Ad-
dress on the " History of the Revision Enterprize," before the American
Bible Union ; an Address on the " Duty of Christians to procure and
circulate pure versions of the Holy Scriptures," before the Revision As-
sociation at Nashville, Tenn.
All these, with numerous other papers of a similar character, were
written, delivered, and most of them put in print, for the American
Bible Union, while I was receiving no salary from any source, but was,
on the contrary, supporting a weekly paper for the same cause, which
cost me, over and above all its receipts, nearly $5,000 ; about $1,350
in cash over and above all that I have received, in salary or otherwise,
for my services for the Bible Union.
Thus, more than six years of the most arduous and exhausting labors
of my life have been entirely devoted to this enterprize, all in compliance
with the importunity of the officers and other friends of the Bible Union ;
making not less than $10,850 gratuitously contributed by me to this
enterprize ; to all which the officers say :
" This estimate of his own merits and of the value of his labors so far exceeds
that of reasonable men, that .the Board of the Bible Union and he will probably
never become reconciled in opinion upon such subjects."
The injustice of this official detraction will appear most fully, when
compared with the following estimates of impartial, " reasonable, men" :
In an account of the Bible Convention at Memphis, Tenn., April 6th,
1852, the Daily Appeal, of that city, gave unsought the following edito-
rial notice :
" Eev. Mr. JDDD, of New York, then took the stand, and, in a speech, which
would not have been tedious had it been double its actual length, advocated the
reading of the Baptist theologians in relation to those passages of Scripture which
bear upon their creed. Mr. Judd, we need not say, is widely known as one of the
most profound scholars of the day, and he devotes it all to the explanations which
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he believes apposite to the true intent of the Bible's language. His style is pure ;
never running off into extravagance, or mere declamation ; but making every sen-
tence tell upon the point he discusses. His mind is eminently logical. He goes
from step to step, in his process of demonstration, with as much precision and
deliberation as one ascends a difficult height ; making himself sure of his footing
on each movement before he attempts another."
The Bible Convention which I had the honor of addressing in Perm
Yan, on behalf of the Bible Union, July 6th, 1854, passed the follow-
Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be tendered to Rev. 0. B. JDDD for the
able and interesting Address with which he has favored us, and that the Commit-
tee of Arrangements request a copy for publication.
In an extended editorial notice of my Address before the Baltimore
Revision Society, November 6th, 1854, the Daily Sun, of that city,
" The Rev. Dr. JCDD, of New York, was then introduced, and delivered a very
interesting Address. * * * The subject was urged with much ability,
and the distinguished speaker was listened to throughout with great attention."
Speaking of the Reply which I wrote to. Dr. Williams for the Bible
Union, Win. H. Wyckoff, Cor. Sec., in his 3d Annual Report, p. 39,
" When, therefore, our Reply to Dr. Williams appeared, the demand was, on such
a subject, beyond all precedent. The more that Reply has been read, the greater
has been its effect. It has removed objections in minds which never before could
be reached ; and has added multitudes of converts to the ranks of revision. Its
effect has not yet subsided, nor is it likely to subside except in the course of
Now, for all these Addresses and other documents, which I prepared,
and for all the labor performed by me, for the Bible Union, beyond the
work of translation, I never asked nor expected the least remuneration.
Yet, at a meeting of the Board of the Bible Union, held December 18,
1854, while I was absent, these gratuitous labors, though not fully com-
pensated, were distinctly recognized and acknowledged by the following
act of that body :
Resolved, That, in compensation for the services of the Rev. O. B. Judd, in ad-
vocating the revision of the English Scriptures, by the American Bible Union, and
of the heavy expense which he has incurred in personal agency for the Union, for
this object, we appropriate to him one thousand dollars^ and pass the same to the
account of the revision of the English Scriptures.
In the fall of 1852, I entered into an agreement with the Board of
the Bible Union to revise the common English version of a portion of
the New Testament. The officers now insinuate that I solicited such an
engagement. They say :
"On the 29th of October, 1852, Rev. 0. B. Judd expressed his willingness in
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writing to revise the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, in conjunction with Rev.
, for the sum of $1,000 for each Gospel, for the services of both revisers."
Now the truth is, I never sought employment of any kind from the
Bible Union, and least of all, the delicate and difficult work of trans-
lating the Holy Scriptures. The following letter shows how my atten-
tion was first called to this subject :
AM. BIBT,E UNION, )
New York, Oct. 23d, 1852. J
REV. OREIN B. JUDD,
MY DEAR BROTHER : The Board having passed the following resolution, |
Resolved, That the Gospels of Matthew and Mark be assigned for revision to!
Rev. Duncan 'R. Campbell', LLD., President of Georgetown College, and Rev.\
Orrin B. Judd, of New York, conjointly, V
It becomes my duty to inquire, on behalf of the Board and the Committee on .
Versions, whether you are willing to undertake the revision of the books men-
tioned, in conjunction with Dr. Campbell 5 and if so willing, what compensation
you will require. for your services?
Yours, respectfully and affectionately,
WM. H. WYCKOFF,
This appointment was declined by Dr. Campbell, for want of time ;
but, in November, 1852, I acceded to the repeated solicitations of the
officers of the Union, and agreed to revise the translation of Matthew
for $1,000 ; undertaking the work in connection with rny editorial du-
ties. In the spring of 1854, after I had bestowed considerable labor
upon the work, and received on account of it $350, I was urged by the
same persons to resign the editorial chair, and devote myself wholly to
the business of revision ; which I finally agreed to do, on condition that
the Bible Union would pay for the revision matter published in the
Chronicle at the rate of $1,000 per annum. The officers of the Union
assured me that this condition should be performed ; and a resolution
was accordingly passed and put on record by the Committee on Yersions,
recommending such an appropriation to be made by the Board to the
New York Chronide. But before the Board met, Mr. Wyckoff induced
the members of that Committee to consent that the form of the resolu-
tion might be so far changed as not to mention the name of the Chron-
ide, in order, as he said, to avoid the jealousy of other papers. And to
this nominal change my consent was given with the expressed under-
standing that it should make no difference with the appropriation, and
upon the explicit assurance of Mr. Wyckoff that by the proposed ver-
bal change no alteration in the effect of the resolution was intended.
The resolution as altered was then recorded, in immediate connection
with the original form, and was so passed by the Board, June 1th, 1854.
The fact that Mr. Buckbee, who acted as Recording Secretary of the
Board, and as Assistant Treasurer, paid to the proprietors of the Chron-
ide, fully and promptly, two, if not three, equal monthly instalments of
this $1,000 appropriation, puts the original design of that provision be-
yond all reasonable doubt. If, however, any further corroboration of
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ray statement is needed, it will be found in the following, from the Hon.
Win. IS. Maclay :
" I was cognizant of an act of the Board of the Bible Union, passed June 7th,
185-i. authorizing the annual expenditure of $1.000 for the publication of revision
matter, &c., in newspapers and periodicals ; and I am sure it was well understood
at that time, at least by the proprietors of the Nao York Chronicle, and the Record-
ing Secretary of the Boai'd, that said sum was to be paid to the Chronicle in equal
monthly instalments ; as was done for two months in succession by the Assistant
Treasurer. W. B. MACLAY."
After Mr. Buckbee had thus paid to the proprietors of the Chronicle
two or three monthly instalments of $83,33 each, in pursuance of the
above appropriation, he was forbidden by Mr. Wyckoff to pay any more ;
of which I was not apprised till about two mouths had elapsed, sup-
posing it was being paid and applied on deficits against the Chronicle.
Having increased my sacrifices to the full extent of my ability, and
being thus suddenly embarrassed by one against whose unwarrantable
interference the act of the Board proved no protection, I at once deter-
mined to charge the "Union for the large amount of matter which had
been published for 'it by authority in the Chronicle, during the four years
preceding, in addition to the small amount already paid, the sum of
$1,000, for which a bill was presented. Its payment was strenuously
opposed by Mr. Wyckoff, as extorsive, but strongly advocated by Dr.
Cone, as eminently just. On a motion of the opposition it was referred
back to the Committee on Finance, with instruction to demand a bill of
items, dates, &c. In reply to this demand, I stated that the ground, as
well as the occasion, of our claim, was well known to the Board, and that
under the embarrassment so cruelly caused, I could not submit to any
additional oppression, and that unless the money should be paid with-
out further ceremony or delay, a much larger bill of items would have to
be settled in a Court of Justice. Whereupon the amount was paid by
order of the Board from the treasury of the Union. In reference to
this the officers now charge me with threatening to sue Dr. Cone. But
the above is the substance of all that I ever said about suing the Union,
and I am sure that Dr. Cone's name was not mentioned in this connec-
tion. The charge, as now made, seems intended to excite the feelings
of Dr. Cone's friends against me ; a device which, for tact and temper,
is eminently characteristic of its author.
It was in compliance with the urgent solicitations of Messrs. Wyckoff,
Armitage, and others, that I consented to leave the editorial chair and
confine myself to the business of revision, and the amount of my salary
was first proposed by them. The terms of my engagement were fixed
by the following resolution of the Board, passed May 3d, 1854 :
Resolved, That we authorize the Committee on Versions to make an arrangement
with Rev. O.B. Judd to devote his time and attention exclusively to the business of *
revision, and the passing of parts through the press as they shall severally be pre-
pared, at a salary not to exceed $1,500 per annum.
Now let it be observed that, in making this new arrangement, it was
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proposed by the officers themselves, that $350, the amount already
paid to me on account, should be considered a compensation for the work
already done ; and the fact that then, in May, 1854, the Board chose
to cancel their contract with me for the job, and re-engage me to com-
plete the same work by the year, proves their satisfaction with my labors
and compensation up to that time.
In accordance with this resolution, a new arrangement was made ;
my former engagement to revise the translation of Matthew by the job
was given up by mutual consent, and it was agreed that, under the new
arrangement, I should complete the revision of Matthew, and at the
same time devote whatever attention might be required in "passing the
parts through the press, as they should severally be prepared."
But on a subsequent record of the Committee, a resolution, written
and entered by Mr. WyckofF, represents my engagement as for one year
from June 1st, 1854. The verbal variation of this resolution from the
order of the Board was noticed at the time ; but I had then no suspi-
cion of any " sharp practice," as lawyers term it, by an officer of the
Bible Union, and it was allowed to pass. But the officers, at least,
know very well that the engagement was mutually understood, as
extending beyond the limits of one or two years ; and no ex partc testi-
mony will convince an impartial public that the purposes of that en-
gagement, as described in the resolution of the Board, contemplated
any such limits. " The business of revision and the passing of parts
through the press as they shall severally be prepared," in the language
of the resolution of the Board, pointed unmistakably to a work which
was to terminate only with the printing of the last part of the revision
that should be prepared. ^ Such was the distinct understanding at the
time, else I should never have made such an engagement. Besides, the
fact that my salary was regularly paid for twelve months after the expi-
ration of the first year, without any new contract, or renewal of my
engagement in any shape whatever, proves that the officers, having
charge of the treasury, understood my first engagement to be for more
than one year.
Now, in reference to this engagement the officers allege that,
t " Notwithstanding the express stipulation of the Board, that he should 'devote
his time and attention exclusively to the work of revision, and the passing of the
parts through the press, as they shall severally be prepared,' he did, from the 1st
of June, 1854, to the 1st of January, 1855 seven months of the time in which he
drew his full salary as a reviser edit and publish the New York Chronicle, and
keep its pecuniary accounts."
If this were true, it would not be just to make it the ground of such
a charge after the lapse of two years of uncomplaining silence. Besides,
it would inculpate the officers who paid the salary more deeply than the
receiver of it. But it lacks ah 1 the essential elements of truth. The in-
consistency of the statement alone disproves it. For, in another part
of the same paper, the officers say :
" Money cannot be taken from the Treasury except by the Treasurer's .check,
and this is never given except upon the written warrant of the Assistant Treas-
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urer. The warrants are made out in accordance with the acts of the Board, which
are certified to the Treasurer by the Minutes of the Board."
Now who is prepared to believe that, with the treasury so guarded,
a reviser, that had spent his time iu editing a paper, could for seven suc-
cessive months have drawn his full salary as a reviser ? But to settle
this matter, I have the following testimony of Hon. Wm. B. Maclay,
who himself edited the Chronicle from June 1st, 1854, to January 1st,
"Rev. 0. B. JCDD, LL.D. : It must have been well known to persona connected
with the New York Chronicle and the Biblo Union Rooms, that from June 1st, 1854, s
to January 1st, 1855, that paper, though published in the name of the firm, was
edited by me, and its pecuniary accounts were kept partly by clerks employed for
the purpose, and partly by Rev. C. A. Buckbee. I take the liberty of adding that
I believe your time and attention were, during that period, exclusively devoted
to the revision."
Again, the officers of the Bible Union say that,
"At Dr. Judd's request, Mr. was employed to aid him in the revis-
ion of Matthew; and from January 1st, 1854, till August 1st, 1854, seven months,
Mr. labored upon tbat gospel, at a cost to the Bible Union of $583
This statement is contrary to the facts in the case. The gentleman
referred to is Edward Maturin, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.
The only act of the Board in relation to the sphere of his employment
as a reviser, ia the following, passed December 7th, 1853 :
Resolved, That EDWAED MATURIN, Esq., be employed on. the revision of Mark at
a salary of $1,000 per annum.
It is certain, therefore, that Matthew was never assigned nor author-
ized to be assigned to Mr. Maturin by the Board ; and the officers say
the Committee on Versions " cannot appoint a reviser," and " cannot
assign a portion for revision, unless specially authorized." By whom,
then, was Mr. Maturin employed on Matthew 7 The officers also affirm
that, " money cannot be taken from the treasury except by the Treas-
urer's check ;" that "this is never given except upon the written war-
rant of the Assistant Treasurer ; " and that " the warrants are made
out in accordance with the ads of the, Board, which are certified to the
Treasurer by the Minutes of the Board" How, then, could $583 33 be
paid to Mr. Maturin for his revision of Matthew, which was never author-
ized nor recognized by any " acts of the Board ? " The only true ac-
count to be given of this, is, that it was all arranged by Mr. Wyckoff,
without any authority from the Board, and the money was paid to Mr.
Maturin, as thousands of dollars have been disbursed by the "officers at
the Rooms," without any reference whatever to the " Minutes of the
As to his being employed " to aid me," in the revision of Malthtw, it
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should be observed that I was at work by the job till June, 1854, and
it is absurd to' suppose that the Bible Union employed a man in Janu-
ary, 1854, on a salary to aid me in performing a job which I had agreed
to do for a stipulated sum. But to put the case in its true light, I give
below Mr. Maturin's own testimony :
" Mr. JUDD, SMV
" In answer to your respectful inquiry, I must say that I was employed by the
Bible Union to make an independent revision, and never regarded myself as an
The officers now charge me with improperly retaining my place in the
Committee on Yersions, after my appointment as a reviser. They say :
"He became a reviser after he was appointed on that Committee, but did not,
from any sense of delicacy, see fit to resign his place- upon it after his appointment
as such, while his presence embarrassed its members more than once, in their de-
Now, as to this, the truth is, I was first appointed on that Committee
in June, 1850, when the Bible TJnion was organized. I was reappointed
in October following, and again in October, 1851. Then, on the 29th
of September, 1852, at the last meeting of the Board before the Anni-
versary of the TJnion, when my appointment as a member of the Com-
mittee was to expire, I was appointed as a reviser ; which allowed me
no opportunity to resign " from any sense of delicacy." Immediately
after the Anniversary, in the organization of the new Board for the en-
suing year, while I was under appointment as a reviser, I was again
nominated by Dr. Cone, and appointed by the Board as a member of
the Committee on Versions ; as also in October, 1853, and in October
1854 ; being thus three times successively nominated by Dr. Cone, and
appointed by the Board, a member of the Committee on Yersions, after
my engagement as a. reviser. And during this time, Messrs. Armitage,
Wyckoff, Parmly, Whitney, Buckbee, and Pier, who now allege this
against me, that I became " a reviser after I was appointed on that
Committee, but did not from any sense of delicacy see fit to resign," were
themselves members of the Board, and so far from even suggesting any
impropriety in my successive reappointments on that Committee, most
of them were present when the appointments were made by a unani-
mous vote of the Board. Whether, with a knowledge of these facts,
which the author of this accusation, and most, if not all of those who
endorsed it, certainly had, the above charge could be made with any
sense of honor, or any regard for truth, I leave to the judgment of
every candid reader.
On this point, I will only add that, whenever anything came before
the Committee in relation to myself, I always withdrew, unless request-
ed by the Chairman to remain. I was, however, accustomed to exercise
my own judgment, with all due deference to the opinions of others, in
every important matter before the Committee ; and that my " presence
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embarrassed its members more than once in their deliberations," I have
no doubt. I know, indeed, that in several instances I incurred the dis-
pleasure of Mr. Wyckoff, by honestly opposing his views. Such was the
case when he introduced his favorite project of making a new vernacular
version for the Seneca Indians, which was carried, notwithstanding my
opposition, in the Committee, but failed in the Board. And from the
mortification and chagrin of that defeat, the Secretary seems to have
never entirely recovered. Once after that, he consulted me about ano-
ther project, and being told that I could not approve of it, he said :
"I knew you would oppose it. You object to everything that I pro-
pose ; " to which I replied, that his statement was not correct ; that I
always approved of what I thought was right, and opposed what I be-
lieved to be wrong, from whomsoever it might come.
Again, the officers represent me as despising the memory of Dr. Cone.
They say :
"Dr. JUDD has even gone so far as to say before the Board, that the less refer-
ence was made to that name (Dr. Cone's) in conducting our business, the better."
The fact is this : it has been customary for the Secretary, ever since
Dr. Cone's death, whenever he had any measure to carry, any opposition
to overcome, or any responsibility to shun, to assert that Dr. Cone did,
said or thought thus and so. For example, when Mr. Wyckoff was
called on in the Committee of Investigation, to explain why he had had
so many sets of stereotype plates of Dr. Conant's Revision made without
authority from the Board, he said it was done by the advice of Dr. Cone.
And when he wanted the Board to sanction a proceeding of the Com-
mittee on Versions, he said that such was the policy of Dr. Cone. Just
as the officers, in their reply to Dr. Maclay, say :
" Drs. MACLAY and JUDD have taken up the gauntlet to oppose the whole policy
inaugurated by Dr. Cone."
It is true that I have repeatedly protested against such a use of Dr.
Cone's name, because I deemed it unjust to him, as well as embarrassing
to the Board. But never did I complain of a respectful and honorable
mention of that noble-hearted man. While he lived no one venerated
him more sincerely than I did ; and now that he is dead, I cherish his
memory with unfaltering affection. I surely have never uttered a single
word, nor felt a solitary emotion, in relation to him, either before or
since his death, inconsistent with the most ardent friendship.
I cannot believe that the officers of the Bible Union even so much as
suspect me of the least unfriendly feeling towards Dr. Cone. The charge,
I have no doubt, was made to prejudice his friends against me.
As a counterpart to the above charge in relation to my feelings and
conduct towards Dr. Cone, is the following, which the officers allege in
respect to his feelings towards me :
"After the painful circumstances connected with this afiair [the payment of the
$1,000] Dr. Coue felt deeply wounded, and frequently alluded in these rooms to
the unkind and ungrateful conduct which he experienced from that quarter, and
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declared that the Union would have great trouble with him [Dr. Judd] one of these
All this is new to me. Dr. Cone is gone and cannot speak for him-
self. The payment of the $1,000 was certainly advocated by him in the
Board, as just. He never uttered a word, in my hearing, disapproba-
tory of my conduct in the matter ; but, on the contrary, in our almost
daily intercourse, up to the fatal hour of his last sickness, he always
treated me with marked cordiality and friendship. Besides, I am told
by John B. Durbrow, Esq., and other intimate friends of Dr. Cone, that,
in conversations with them a short time before his death, he spoke of
me in terms of high personal esteem and confidence. And I think no
one who knew SPENCER H. CONE can believe he was capable of speaking
against any man behind his back what he would not say to his face, or
of talking "frequently" in the Bible Rooms against an absent brother,
towards whom he was elsewhere expressing the utmost confidence and
affection. The fact that these officers attribute to me feelings towards
Dr. Cone, which I never had, prepares me to believe that the feelings
they attribute to Dr. Cone towards me, were equally foreign to his heart.
The following, from Rev. B. N". Leach, A.M., settles this point :
DEAR BRO. JODD, In answer to your inquiries, I would say that, awhile after
you presented the bill of $1,000 against the Bible Union, I was in Mr. "Wyckoff J s
room, and heard him speak in the strongest terms against you, relative to said bill,
what, if true, would destroy your moral and Christian character. Thinking such
remarks unjust and injurious to the cause, I tried by kind suggestions to alter the
tone of his feelings ; but this seemed only to increase his virulence. Believing- the
cause, which had my sympathy, would suffer by such a course, I called on Dr. Cone
the next morning. He expressed regret that the bill was presented in the way it icas.
He said he had no doubt of Br. Judd's losing, but he was able to lose for such a
cause. When I told him what the Secretary said, he expressed deep regret, and
said it must be stopped. Said he, " I regard Br. Judd as my son , I love him as a
son. I know him. He possesses an excellent spirit," <fcc. His expressions of con-
fidence and esteem were so marked that I shall never forget them. He thanked
me for calling ; I left with my mind relieved. I had subsequent conversations
with Dr. Cone on this subject, and heard nothing from his lips in conflict with what
he said in our first interview, as above stated.
As ever, your brother. B. N. LEACH.
Whether men, who are capable of making such charges, for such pur-
poses, without any foundation in fact, can be regarded as the exemplars
of the truth and righteousness, which they so zealously advocate, I leave
all intelligent, candid readers to judge for themselves.
From the time when the $1,000, already referred to, were paid to me
by the Board of the Bible "Union, against the earnest opposition of
Wm. H. Wyckoff, a mingled feeling of envy and revenge seemed to
have taken possession of his heart ; gaining strength from every act and
word put forth by me in the Committee, or the Board, or elsewhere,
adverse to his wishes. Indeed, I have understood that Mr. WyckofPs
inimical feeling towards me was rendered more intense by the groundless
conjecture that my influence had been used to prevent the Corporation of
Madison University from conferring upon him an Honorary Degree, for
which there was an unsuccessful application of some years' standing.
No good opportunity, however, for the gratification of that feeling.
occurred until the death of Dr. Cone ; after which it seemed as if an
insuperable barrier had been removed. It was soon arranged and set-
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tied by " the officers at the Rooms," as Dr. Armitage more than intima-
ted in the Funeral Sermon of Dr. Cone, that Dr. Maelay should be the
next President. And I was pleased with the project, because I thought
the object was to honor that venerable man, and benefit the Bible cause ;
although subsequent events compel me to believe that it was designed to
make Dr. Armitage, as being Yice President, the actual President,
while the nominal President, Dr. Maclay, should be kept travelling as
Dr. Maclay was accordingly elected President ; and although urged
by the Secretary to leave immediately on his. agency, he remained in
this city until after the usual time for the first meeting of the Board ;
at which the Standing Committees for the ensuing year were customa-
rily appointed on nominations of the President. But for reasons not
then explained by the Secretary, who had been accustomed to call the new
Board together, the next week after the Anniversary, no meeting was
called until the next month. In the meantime, Dr. Maclay left the city,
in compliance with the continued solicitations of Mr. Wyckoff. The
Board was then convened ; and Dr. Armitage being in the chair, nomi-
nated the Committees, as previously determined by Mr. Wyckoff, and
others at the Rooms.
Only two material changes were made by the nominations of Dr.
Armitage. Of these, one removed Geo. W. Abbe and S. R. elley
from the Committee on Publication and Finance ; the other removed
me from the Committee on Versions. Messrs. Abbe and Kelley had
been members of the Finance Committee from the organization of the
Bible Union ; and there can be no reasonable doubt that they would
have been continued on that Committee, had they not incurred the dis-
pleasure of Mr. Wyckoff, first, by repeatedly objecting to the disburse-
ment of funds previous to any order of the Board, or any approval of
the Finance Committee ; and finally by presenting to the Board my
claim for $1,000, on account of the New York Chronicle, in opposition to
his known wishes.
Various reasons have been assigned at different times for the removal
of these gentlemen. At one time it was because Mr. Abbe had said, as
Rev. C. A. Buckbee testified, that the Committee was "all a farce."
Again, it was, according to the Report of the Investigating Committee,
because he had been so frequently absent from the meetings -of the Com-
mittee. As to the first, this is the fact : The "officers at the Rooms"
were accustomed to purchase articles for the Bible Union, at their dis-
cretion, which neither the Board nor the Finance Committee had order-
ed, and to pay for them out of the funds of the Union, and then to
bring the bills for the same before the Finance Committee, to be ap-
proved and recommended to the Board for payment. In reference to
such proceedings, against; which Messrs. Abbe and Kelley had repeatedly
protested, Mr. Abbe did say more than once, that, if business was to be
done thus by the officers, the Finance Committee was a complete farce.
Yet the "officers at the Rooms" know very well, that Mr. Abbe always
regarded that Committee, in the exclusive exercise of its rightful pre-
rogatives, as one of the most important Committees connected with the
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Board. As to the reason assigned by the Committee of Investigation,
it should be observed, that it was never heard of until after several oth-
ers had been given ; and it is sadly inconsistent with the fact that
some of those retained on that Committee had been absent from more
regular meetings during the previous year than Mr. Abbe. Indeed, it
must be admitted that Messrs. Abbe and Kelley were among the most
able, faithful and prompt business men in the Board of the Bible Union.
And when such men as S. W. Lynd, Joseph Taylor, Edward James,
Alvah Pierce, Robert Powell, and Thomas Swaim, can be employed to
justify the proscription of men like Geo. W. Abbe and S. R. Kelley, upon
grounds so foreign to the facts, and so utterly unconscionable, there
must be an end of all public confidence in -the alleged findings of ex parie
Committees of Investigation.
The only other material change made in the Standing Committees
by the nomination of Dr. Armitage, was in the Committee on Versions,
from which my name was dropped. I had really no desire to be on that
Committee ; but the nature, the circumstances and the effect of the
change, led me to ask Dr. Armitage for the reasons of it ; to wbich he
replied as follows :
"NEW YORK, Dec. 6th, 1855.
"Rev. O. B. JODD, LL.D.,
" DEAR BROTHER JODD, Your kind note of inquiry is received, and it affords
me pleasure to forward you a prompt and frank reply. After I learned that the
President would not return from Baltimore in time to attend the Board meeting
in November, and that the nomination of the Committees for the year would de-
volve upon me, I consulted all the members of the Committee on Versions, as I
happened to meet them, to ascertain their wishes in reference to that Committee.
Each expressed the opinion that no members ought to be retained who were una-
ble to attend, and that it was not just or proper for a reviser to pronounce upon
the merits of his own work, and that of his fellow-revisers, before it was put to
press, unless all had the same privilege. Some of the brethren expressed serious
doubts of the propriety of a reviser being a member of the Board at all, as it
gave him a voice and vote in the final disposition to be made of his own produc-
tions. But all were of opinion, that one reviser could not serve on the Committee
without showing partiality, while another, equally interested, was excluded.
There were already five revisers on the Committee, namely, brethren Duncan,
Judd, Eaton, Conant, and Shannon. Another, namely, Dr. Shepherd, had been
elected a member of the Board. Some one must be appointed on the Committee
to fill the place of Dr. Cone, and as Dr. Maclay's absence from the city was likely
to continue, his appointment would have left the Committee without a quorum
a large portion of the time ; so that simple justice would have required the ap-
pointment of Dr. Shepherd to fill that vacancy. But this would have increased
the embarrassment complained of, by the addition of a sixth reviser, and besides,
Dr. Shepherd did not think it right for him, as a reviser, to serve on that Com-
mittee. It was, therefore, thought best all round, that all the revisers' names
should be dropped from the Committee, together with the name of Wm. Norton,
whose membership was merely nominal.
" Another reason urged for this course, was, that the time is fast approaching
for the appointment of the final corps of revisers, and as the suggestion of their
names, at least, will probably be referred to the Committee on Versions, the dis-
continuance of all the revisers from that Committee, would place each of them on
the same footing as candidates for that responsible trust. Whereas, the Committee
could not submit any name from their own body, without laying themselves open .
to the deserved charge of egotism, and perhaps, to imputations of design. In this
case, some names which it would be most desirable to present, must either 1)Q
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withheld altogether, or submitted under circumstances well adapted to excite un
happy feelings among the corps of final revisers, inasmuch as a portion of their
number would be called to sit in judgment the second time, upon their own work,
and the work of their brethren.
'' These, my dear brother, were the only reasons why your name was not pro-
posed to the Board for reappointnient on the Committee on Versions. In making
the changes .in the Committee I gave my reasons openly, and at considerable
length, before the Board. After speaking of the omission of the revisers' names,
and of the changes proposed in the Committee. I distinctly read the names nom-
inated, twice, and no one raised the least objectiSn. But on the contrary, the
changes were made by a unanimous vote, so far as I remember, and the meeting
was an unusually large one.
" I do uot think it necessary to disclaim any purpose of reflecting upon you, in
any way whatever. And as to your ability and worthiness to fill the highest place
of trust in the gift of the Union, I have not now, and never am likely to have a
doubt, as I think you are well persuaded. With this expression of profound re-
spect and Christian devotion, I am as ever,
Now, tlie same Thomas Arraitage, who, in December, 1855, was
" affectionately" mine, with "profound respect and Christian devotion,"
and was " never likely to have a doubt" of my " ability and worthiness
to fill the highest place of trust in the gift of the Union," goes to Louis-
ville, in June, 1856, six months after the date of -that affectionate epistle,
and there gives the Board of the Revision Association to understand
that " for a long time" my "temper had been sour"; that I "seemed
to be influenced by ambition"; that I "had exhibited a covetous spirit,
and made exorbitant demands upon the Board, which they were illy
prepared to meet" ; referring unquestionably to the $1,000 affair of
1854, more than a year previous to his affectionate assurance of "pro-
found respect," " Christian devotion " and unbounded confidence ; and
that " six months before his death [which was at least nine months pre-
vious to the date of Dr. A/s letter] the lamented Cone "lost confidence
in " me, " and predicted mischief to the Society through " my " in-
fluence." And in the New York Chronicle, of August 16th, 1856, that
same affectionate, brother says : " Dr. Judd has a singular faculty of
alienating friends, and he successfully exercised this faculty in the man-
agement of the New York Chronicle." "Many of the managers and
other friends of the Union felt grieved at the manner in which its busi-
ness was conducted, and the tone of its editorials, especially during the
last two years before Dr. Judd left it." " Indeed, for more than two
years before he left it, we were painfully convinced that, from the man-
ner in which it was conducted, it was a decided detriment to the cause."
These allegations, made by Dr. Armitage against me, in the summer
of 1856, cover a period of over three years previous to December, 1855,
when that same affectionate brother expressed towards me such "pro-
found respect and Christian devotion," and was " never likely to have a
doubt" of niy " ability and worthiness to fill the highest place of trust
in the gift of the Union." From these facts the reader will readily
and certainly arrive at a correct conclusion. But let us observe the ex-
planation of Dr. Armitage. He says, that after the Anniversary and
previous to the nomination, lie " consulted all the members of the Com-
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mittee on Yersions." This cannot be true j for I was at that time as
much a member of that Committee as any one, and I was not consulted.
What is more, when I subsequently asked, him why he did not kindly
mention to me beforehand the course which he felt constrained to take,
he replied in a letter as follows :
" I hare only to say that, so far as my knowledge of the duty of a presiding
officer extends, he is not required, nor expected to inform persons beforehand
whether he designs to nominate them on Committees or not."
Yet, in this case, he " consulted/ 7 as he says, " all the members of the
Committee on Yersions to ascertain their -wishes in reference to that Com-
miltee." His views of duty relative to consultation, and to the "wishes"
to be gratified in the appointment of Committees, must hare varied
according to circumstances. Look at the result of this disinterested
consultation. " It was not just or proper," he says, "for a reviser to
pronounce upon the merits of his own work." If this was an honest
reason, why was it never discovered before ? I had been for three suc-
cessive years nominated by Dr. Cone and appointed by the Board, as a
member of that Committee, subsequent to my appointment as a reviser,
without the first suggestion from any one of the least impropriety.-
Besides, if the consideration ever had any weight, it was lost more than
a year before, when, in July, 1854, the Board authorized the publica-
tion of my work on Matthew as soon as it should be prepared for the
press. So that, if it were true (which is by no means to be admitted),
that the Committee had legitimate authority " to pronounce upon the
merits " of any reviser's work, the idea of my having occasion to pro-
nounce upon the merits of my work, had I been a member of that Com-
mittee, subsequent to November, 1855, was out of the question. This
cannot have been the reason.
Again, he says : " One reviser could not serve on the Committee,,
without showing partiality, while another, equally interested, was ex-
cluded." " Simple justice would have required the appointment of Dr,
Shepard to fill that vacancy," made by the death of Dr. Cone. But
"Dr. Shepard did not think it right for him, as a reviser, td serve on
that Committee." So. it seems that, not only " all the members of the
Committee on Yersions " were consulted, but Mr. Shepard also, in order,
doubtless, " to ascertain his wishes in reference to that Committee" Now,
all the while from September, 1852, I had been a reviser and a member
of this Committee, from which numerous other revisers " equally inter-
ested " had been, at the same time, " excluded." Why was such par-
tiality tolerated under "the policy inaugurated by Dr. Cone?" Why
did that veteran sage sanction, nay, establish, by the precedent of his
own repeated nominations, such an improper appointment, to be so soon
abrogated by his youthful successor ? Why had no member of the
Board ever seen and suggested this impropriety before ? The officers
now charge against me that :
"When he learned that he was not reappointed on the Committee on Version^
he declared that he would not be put on a level with other revisers."
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I have no recollection of ever using such language. I am sure I
never bad feelings which would allow me to do so, without making some
honorable exceptions. Yet, if I could regard myself as on a level
with the lowest, I should never attempt to translate the word of
But again, Dr. Armitage says : " The time was fast approaching for
the appointment of the final corps of revisers." It was desirable that
all the revisers should be placed "on the same footing, as candidates for
that responsible trust." And as " the Committee could not submit any
name from their own body, without laying themselves open to the de-
served charge of egotism, and perhaps to imputations of design," Dr.
Armitage, after " consulting all the members of the Committee on Ver-
sions," together with Mr. Shepard, concluded to drop me from that Com-
When the feelings, which are now known to have existed and actu-
ated the conduct of the officers towards me^ at that time, are considered,
the last reason alleged is too inconsistent to require any refutation.
That which, under other circumstances, would have been a compliment,
was, under existing circumstances, an aggravated insult. No further
explanation was necessary. I had then no doubt of what has since been
demonstrated, that all this prescriptive proceeding came from a grudge
in the breast of Wm. H. Wyckoff. Yet, I can honestly say, that while
I was aggrieved by the change made in the Committee, on account of the
real ground on which it was made, I have never felt any hostility to Dr.
Armitage, nor to any other persons engaged in making i.
About this time I learned that Dr. Maclay had been looking into the
affairs of the Union, and felt fearful that they had not been properly
conducted. But the origin and ground of his dissatisfaction were inde-
pendent of any information or influence from me. He communicated
his feelings to Win. Colgate, Esq., who said that his own mind had been
very much exercised about the same things, and that something ought
to be done. He said that the publication of imperfect revisions, and of
the Monthly Reporter must be stopped ; and that all incompetent revis-
ers, such as he was satisfied we had, must be dismissed. And the mode
of bringing about these ends was first proposed by him. He thought it
would be best to have a Committee of Investigation, and requested me
to write a resolution for the appointment of such a Committee, to con-
sist of five managers. I did so. Mr. Colgate offered the resolution.
Mr. Wyckoff at once proposed that the investigation should be referred
to the Committee on Publication and Finance, or to the Committee on
Versions, of which he was a member. This was not agreed to. But
after the resolution had been passed, and Messrs. Wm. Colgate, Esq.,
A. Maclay, D.D., Geo. W. Abbe, Esq., S. Baker, D.D., and myself, had
been appointed, Messrs. Wyckoff and Sarles were added, at the same
meeting. And soon after, a special meeting of the Board was called,
at which Messrs. S. E. Shepard, E. Smith, Esq., and T. B. Stillman, Esq.,
were added to the same Committee. A majority was thus obtained, who
effectually prevented the investigation. The officers say :
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"No sooner had the Committee met, than it became apparent that the real ob-
ject of Dr. Judd was to destroy the character and standing of the Corresponding
If this were true, my undertaking would have been more honorable
than secret calumny and detraction, against which a man has no oppor-
tunity of self-defence. But I never had an idea of doing any such thing,
unless the character and standing of the Secretary necessarily falls with
the rectification of errors in his administration.
Again, referring to the time which I spent in connection with this
Committee, the officers, in their reply to Dr. Maclay, July, 1856, say
"During the last six months, Brother Judd is known to have occupied a large
portion of 'his time and attention' in other investigations fen those connected
with the revision of Matthew."
This is, unquestionably, a matter of great weight in the minds of the
officers. If I had taken no part in the Committee of Investigation, I
should doubtless have been, in their estimation, a much better man.
My character deteriorated, and my attainments, as a scholar, diminished
with every successive disagreeable disclosure made through my instru-
mentality. But I was a member of the Board, and being appointed
on that Committee I felt bound to do my duty thoroughly, which, I
believe, was done, without any considerable interference with my duties
as a reviser. I certainly did not spend as much time in promoting the
investigations of that Committee as some other salaried employes did to
defeat them. Bnt fhough nothing could be done by the Committee, as
such, yet by the most persevering' efforts of two or three individuals
many things were brought to light which I shall set forth in their proper
The part which I took in the Committee of Investigation seemed to
excite Mr.Wyckoff's hostility towards me to the last degree ; and a
pretext was sought for my dismissal. Yerbal insinuations were repeat-
edly made at the Bible Rooms against my scholarship. And several
statements are made in the official documents from which it may be in-
ferred that the officers of the Bible "Union aad the Revision Associa-
tion designed to depreciate my reputation as a scholar. If anything
more is needed to counteract this malign influence, it will be found in
numerous testimonials like the following. When Dr. Conant's transla-
tion of Job 2 : 9 was assailed in the New York Observer, Mr.Wyckoff
requested me to prepare a vindication of the new reading. I did so ;
and soon received the following letter from Dr. Conant :
ROCHESTER, Jan'y- 7, 1856.
REV. O. B. JDDD,
MY DEAR BROTHER : It has been daily on my mind to express to you the satis-
faction with which I read your article on strictures of the New Yen-It Observer. I
was sure, if you took the ignorant pretender in hand, you would leave him very
little to boast of; and am not disappointed. The refutation of his misstatementa
is complete ; and will be felt to be so by every one who reads it. I am much,
obliged to you for the service, as are all who are interested in the work of the
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Union. * * * Your article has fully proved that the Observer is
chargeable with one of two tilings : either very gross ignorance, or very loose mo-
rality. No one can read it, in connection with the statements of the Observer,
without being convinced of tins. I think, if it were printed as a CIRCULAR, with
a heading tiat would attract attention, it would be a check to future assaults on
I am grateful for the loan of your beautiful old impression of the BiUia Sacra,
of 14S7. I know well the feeling with which these rare incunabula are cherished,
and prise fee favor accordingly.
I hope that Sirs. /udd. who was ill when I was last in New York, has quite recov-
ered her health. Sirs, G. desires her very kind regards to her and yourself. Do
not fail to call on us whenever you visit Rochester.
T. J. CONANT.
The following is from Rev, D. B, Campbell, LL.D., President of
Georgetown College :
GEORGETOWN', Ky., Apr. 28, 1856.
REV. O. B. JCDD, LL.D.
MY DEAR BROTHER : * * * * * *
Permit me to say that I have examined the specimen sent me of Matthew [the
first t&ree chapters] with great pleasure. The note on is perfect. There is
nothing elsewhere half so good. It will settle the question I believe. Your article
on the expression of Job's wife is complete.
I was sorry I could not see more of you, when in New York.
I am, very truly, your brother in the Lord,
D. E, CAMPBELL.
The following is from Rev. John Stock, a critical scholar, of Hudders-
field, England, lu a letter to the Bible TJnion, he- says :
"The two chapters of Matthew in English, are very admirably executed. I do
not know that in any case I should give a different sense. I am delighted with the
Notes. They are schelarlike and judicious ; and will prove invaluable to preach-
ers and expositors."
The following is from the Annual Report of the Revision Association
for 1855 :
" Tke revision of Matthew is progressing, and we hope will soon follow the Gos-
pel of John to the press. Thegari already issued-has catted forth numerous testimonials
Iii the Annual Report of the Bible Union for 1855, Mr. Wyekoff
" We cannot forbear here to notice the gratifying fact that the specimens of Job
and of Matthew have been so well received by the public. Several thousands of
copies have already been sold."
In a special Report to the Board, May 12, 1856, the Committee on
Versions say that,
" Thus far they have not recommended for printing any revision which has not
received numerous and valuable eulogiums on account of scholarship."
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My revision of Matthew had been " recommended for printing " by
that Committee in July, 1854, and must, therefore, have "received nume-
rous and valuable eulogiums Dn account of scholarship."
The following was published by the officers of the Bible Union, in the
Monthly Reporter for October, 1855 :
"Notices of the Gospel of Mattfcew."
"FROM EXGLISH PERIODICALS.
" This is the most accurate version -we have yet seen ; no deviation from the
original text is permitted, without the most searching investigation ; and forty
pages of sound learning are employed in justifying the alterations. Church of Eng-
land Quarterly Review."
"FROM CORRESPONDENTS OF THE AMERICAN BIBLE UXION.
" I have looked over the specimen of the revision of Matthew, and so far as I
could examine them, I like the alterations right well. Rev. Dr. SCHAFP.
" The work thus far greatly exceeds my expectations in the ability, candor, and
thoroughness with which it is executed. I have read the whole with great satis-
faction. I hope the work will not be hurried. Let it be like the picture of the
ancient Greek, which, because he desired it might endure, was the work of a long
time. " PROF. E. CHADWICK."
In the face of such testimonies the officers of the Bible Union would
not undertake to dismiss me for want of scholarship. But the slowness
of my progress, and my unwillingness to name any particular time for
the completion of my work, were seized upon, as the most plausible
ground on which to effect my dismissal. I was accordingly required to
state " definitely" when my revision of Matthew would be finished. In
answer to this requirement, I gave the Committee on Versions as definite
information on the subject, as the nature of the case would allow. The
following is a portion of my first reply to that Committee :
NEW YORK, March 29, 1856.
Eev. -S. BAKER, D.D.
Mr DEAR BROTHER, In answer to your inquiry about the revision of Matthew,
I am happy to say that the first three chapters are finished, and the remaining
portions of the book are in a state of forwardness. If I could tell you when the
whole will be done, I would do so gladly ; but this is, from the nature of the case,
impossible. You may, however, be sure that my sense of obligation and my sin-
cere devotion to the cause, will insure its completion at the earliest practicable
. period. .
I have been both surprised and grieved to hear it stated and repeated before a
number of individuals, by a member of the Committee on Versions, that " we "
have been very much disappointed in not having the revision of Matthew finished
long ago, and that he despaired of ever getting it at all from the hands of the
present reviser. I have labored faithfully on this work, often beyond my strength,
to the injury of my health, from the commencement of my engagement on a salary
to the present time, with less intermission than has been taken generally by the
other revisers and officers of the Union ; and, according to the best of my know-
ledge, I have progressed as rapidly with my work as any other reviser, who has
Aimed at anything like equal thoroughness. *****
Very truly yours,
O. B. JUDD.
On the reception of this letter, the Committee immediately informed
aae, that my reply was not satisfactory, and that unless I should state
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more definitely when my revision would be done, they would be obliged
to have some other person employed to complete the work. In answer
to this threatening requisition, I addressed/ to that Committee the fol-
BROOKLYN, May 6, 1856. ,
Rev. S. BAKER, DJX,
MY DEAR BROTHER, Your extraordinary letter to me, of the 1st inst.. was duly
received. I am sorry to say, it seems to have been dictated in the absence of that
brotherly love which always tempers the heart of him who has it with kindness
towards even the most erring member of the household of faith. And some of the
Board, on seeing it, expressed the opinion that such a letter, under existing cir-
cumstances, deserves to be treated with silent contempt. But fearing that such
treatment might aggravate a spirit already too much embittered, and thus inflict a
greater injury upon the revision cause a cause which is dearer to me than my
own self-respect, I have concluded to send you a respectful answer.
I am, indeed, aware that the Committee on Versions brought forward a resolu-
tion, which they asked the Board to adopt, authorizing said Committee to mature
plans, make nominations, &c.. for.the final body of revisers ; and that the Board
granted the request. I am also aware that it may be desirable to have that body
of revisers appointed at the next anniversary of the Union, that the revised version
may be subjected to their examination as soon as it can be properly prepared.
And no one can be more sincerely anxious than I am to see the work, in every
stage of its progress, well done, "and finally brought to a triumphant consumma-
tion. Although I must say that we have more to fear from too great haste in the
expedition of the work, than from the slowness of its progress, or the lateness of
I sincerely regret that my former letter proved so unsatisfactory. But this arose,
not from any indisposition on my part, to give you full and particular information
on the subject, but from the extent of your requisition, in calling for a more defi-
nite statement than it was in my power to give. You wished to know the present
condition of my work, and the probable time of its completion. I replied that,
' the first three chapters are finished, and the remaining portions of the book are
in a state of forwardness " ; which is as definite a statement as the nature of the
case would warrant. For the portion finished was definitely stated ; and the con-
dition of the remaining portions could not be more particularly described ; since,
in the matter of an unfinished revision, it is impossible to calculate the amount of
work done, or the amount to be done, with any degree of reliable exactness. And
knowing that other revisers had been led to make statements in relation to the
condition and completion of their work, on which you seemed to have relied only
to be disappointed, I carefully avoided giving you a guessing description of my
work, or fixing a time of which I myself had no knowledge. Besides, it appeared
to me unnecessary that I should make a more particular written statement on this
subject, when you Could so easily consult me orally, and examine my work with
your own eyes. Nevertheless, it would afford me great pleasure, if by any other
account, which it is in my power to give, I could furnish the information you de-
sire. And although I do not see the necessity or propriety of explaining the
method of my work, yet as you are evidently laboring under a mistake in regard
to it, I will now inform you that, after finishing the third chapter, as requested by
the President, Dr. Cone, I prosecuted the revision of the remaining twenty-five
chapters simultaneously, or nearly so ; carrying each new word or phrase through
the book; my examination of critical works and collation of versions being conform-
ed to this method, which I had found best adapted to the accomplishment of the
most perfect version. So that the last chapter will be finished almost as soon as
the fourth. And the prospect is that, if I am not too much annoyed, nor other-
wise hindered, the whole will be completed at no very distant day. For I am
still laboring, as I ever have been from the beginning, with all my heart, mind
and soul, to hasten that consummation, which is by me most of all devoutly to be
You say that in my former letter, " I very unnecessarily occupied my 'own time,
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and the attention of the Committee, with uncalled-for comparisons and calcula-
tions about the work of other revisers." It is true, I may have misjudged as to
how I should occupy my time, in answering your letter. If so. I trust you will
forgive this error of my judgment, so far, at least, as I am accountable to you in
the matter. I made those comparisons to show that much more time and expense
must be allowed for the revision of Matthew, before any one could reasonably
complain of me as dilatory or behindhand in my work, which one member of the
Committee on Versions had charged against me ; and as the same thing is more
than intimated in your letter, I am satisfied that those comparisons were by no
means " uncalled for," and that my time was not "unnecessarily occupied" in
making them; except as I regard all this correspondence " uncalled for," and a
very unnecessary annoyance, when a personal interview of ten minutes would give
you more accurate and reliable information about the minutiae of my work than
I could communicate in a hundred letters. Such a written catechism between
persons meeting and working in the same building, I am sure is adapted, especially
under existing circumstances, to produce no good.
As to the time and tenure of my engagement with the Bible Union, your remark
indicates a very unenviable disposition ; and as to the very ungracious threat that
unless my answer contains information sufficiently definite to satisfy you, it may
be your duty to have some one else employed to complete the revision of Matthew,
I can sincerely say, from an honest heart, that if it is necessary for the good of the
cause that I should be thrown overboard, I am ready to be offered; if I have done
anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die. But let me fall, I pray you, by the
hands of such as stood with me in the origin of this enterprize, such as had the
holy boldness to espouse the Bible Union within the first three years of its exist-
ence. During that period, especially. I labored literally night and day ; I spent
no small amount of money, and sacrificed no small measure of my best health and
strength, to uphold the men and measures of the Bible Union 5 and now to be lec-
tured and threatened, in the style of your letter, by one who was unwilling to be-
come a member of the Bible Union Board as late as 1854, and who is this day a
manager of the American and Foreign Bible Society, is enough to try the temper
of a meeker man than Moses. And he must be more or less than human, who can,
without a large measure of divine grace, meet such provocations with courtesy
.and kindness. Yet, I am happy to say, that I am not conscious of anything but
the kindest feelings towards you.
Hoping that this may prove more satisfactory than my former letter,
I am very truly yours, 0. B. JUDD.
' After all this, the officers of the Bible Union and the "Revision Asso-
ciation publish under the official seals of these Institutions such state-
ments as the following :
" Dr. Judd seemed to take it for granted, that he would be justified in spending
as much time on a narrative as upon an epistle of the same length ; " V that if he
spend some years longer upon the revision of Matthew, the Board will have ^no
reason to complain ; " " any length of time that Dr. Judd might choose to loiTer.ovei-
it;" " and draw $125 per month for an indefinite period." " This sum [$3,983-
33] has been drawn from the treasury of the Bible Union for three chapters of
Matthew, by a gentleman, who originally contracted to revise the entire twenty-
. eight chapters for one thousand dollars." " If all the employes of the Bible Union
had acted in this way, the treasury of the United States could not have met the
demand ; and the age of Methuselah would not have been sufficient for the com-
pletion of the work of revision." " Dr. Judd refuses to give the Committee any infor-
mation in regard to what are the prospects as to the time of the completion of his
As to this alleged refusal, my correspondence with that Committee
speaks for itself. As to what is said of the time spent ,and the money
received, I have a little to add. It is alleged that I received $350,
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while at work on Matthew by the job, and $3,000 on salary ; also that
$583 33 was paid for my "aid in the revision of Matthew" ; which,
with their usual accuracy, the officers of the Bible Union, in New
York, and the officers of the Revision Association, in Louisville, have,
in their respective documents, footed up into an aggregate of $3,983
33. Of this, $50 is manifestly chargeable, not to me, but to the arith-
metic of these officers ; $583 33 was paid to Mr. Maturin, not as my
assistant, but as an independent reviser, and cannot be honestly put to
my account ; the balance, $3,350, was paid to me in pursuance of con-
tracts originally proposed by officers of the Bible Union, for the fulfill-
ment of which I am not to blame. For a small addition to this sum, the
Bible Union would have received from me, instead of three chapters, the
entire book of Matthew, had I been allowed to finish my work ; but by
dismissing me, without notice, in violation of the terms of my engage-
ment, the Union forfeited all right to my unfinished work, and made
itself liable for a breach of contract. I am confident that no man, in
the service of the Bible Union, as a reviser, has performed more labor,
or produced more results, for the same money, than would have been
received from me, had I been allowed to complete my revision of Mat-
thew ; of which the reader can satisfy himself by a comparison with the
following examples :
Rev. John Lillie, D.D., originally agreed to revise the last six books
of the New Testament for $1,000. On the 1st of November, 1852,
when only about one sixth of the job was done, he had received $100.
He was then employed by the year to complete it, the amount paid
being allowed as compensation for the portion done. And for the com-
pletion of those six books, together with 1st and 2d Thessalonians,
1st Peter, James and Philemon, making in all about one eighth more
than Matthew, Dr. Lillie will have received, on the 1st of May, 1857,
upwards of $9,000.
Rev. Wm. P. Strickland, D.D., was employed to revise Colossians, at
first by the job, for $200 ; then by the year, on a salary of $1,500.
This book is about one tenth as much as Matthew ; and Dr. Strickland's
revision of it has cost the Bible Union upwards of $1,000.
Eld. S. B. Shepard was employed to revise Philippians, at first for
: $3 per day ; then on a salary of $1,400. This book is about one tenth
as much as Matthew, and Eld. Shepard's revision of it has cost the
Union upwards of $1,100.
Rev. T. J. Conant, D.D., who, the officers of the Bible Union say,
"has been for the last forty years earnestly engaged in translating thfe
Scriptures," of which he had, according to the Committee of Investi-
gation, " a part nearly ready for the press," before he entered the se'r-
vice of the Union, was employed by the Bible Union in July, 1853, as
the officers say, to prepare ^ the final revision of his translation before
it goes to press." For this service he was, according to the written
testimony of the Assistant Treasurer, now in my possession, to receive
a "salary of $2,000 per annum." According to the Committee of In-
vestigation, his work was, in July, 1853, "in a state of forwardness^ ;
and since that time he has been accustomed, as the officers of the Uiifon
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tifVj to spend "frcm fourteen to sixteen hours out of every twenty-four,
in the closest study" having the assistance of " a lady," as the same officers
testify, " who readily reads and writes eight or ten la/nguagcs, including
the Oriental biblical tongues." Yet the only portion which Dr. Conant
had prepared for the press previous to October, 1856 (and so far as I
know, he has delivered nothing to the Board since that time), was the
book of Job, which is about one thirty-fifth part of the Old Testament.
And during the time, he has drawn not less than $7,000 from the trea-
sury of the Bible Union.
After writing the preceding letter, of May 6, 1856, 1 heard nothing
further, from the Committee on Versions till the close of the month,
when I received the following :
WILIJAMSBURG, N. Y., May 30, 1856.
Rev. 0. B. JODD, LL.D.,
DEAR BROTHER, The Committee on Versions have instructed me, as their
Chairman, to give you due notice that their contract with you as reviser is no
longer in force ; you will please, therefore, to consider yourself as thus notified.
'The following is a copy of the resolution adopted by that Committee :
'"Resolved, That the Committee on Versions authorize and instruct their Chair-
man to give due notice to Rev. O. B. Judd, that their contract with him as a reviser
is no longer in force."
Chairman of the Committee 'on Versions of the Board
of the American Bible Union.
Then, without any solicitation or information from me, relative to the
above act, the Board of the Revision Association sent me, under date
of June 10, 1856, the following telegraphic despatch :
"The Managers of the Revision Association, now in session, have your case in
hands ; for the sake of the momentous interests involved, we pray you to wait any
public action, till you hear from us officially.
"T. S. BELL,
"Chairman of the Board of Managers."
Soon after, the following communication came to hand through, the
DEAR BROTHER Jbtio :
The Revision Association have heard, with the profoundest regret, of your dis-
missal from the Board of Revisers. We recognize your long-continued, earnest
and useful labors In the cause of pure versions; and it would pain us to think that
you were withdrawn from this noble cause. May we not indulge the hope that
you Will bear the matter patiently and not endanger the interests of the great enter-
'prize'by your views of personal wrongs. We are the more emboldened to thus
address you, from the fact that we have this day appealed to the Bible Union in
r your_behalf, and we ask of you to examine that document, and then .permit us to
hear from you.
In the hope that all things will work together for good, and that your happiness
-anil p'eace will be largely increased, the Revision Association subscribe themselves,
Your brothers, in the hope of Immortality,
D. R. CAMPBELL,
BIBLE HEVKION ROOMS, \ T. S. BELL,
June 10th, 185 r 6. J W. W. EVERTS.
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When the appeal above referred to reached New York, a deputation
was forthwith despatched to Louisville, of which the officers say :
" This action on their part rendered it necessary for the President and the
Chairman- of the Committee on Versions to visit Louisville, which they did, at their
own expense, for the purpose of undoing this mischief. That Board, upon a full
hearing, reversed its action, thanked the brethren warmly for their visit, and sent
500 to .our treasury at once.
" When the Board in New York were informed of these matters, they felt it hut
just to pay the travelling expenses of these two brethren, and did so, notwith-
standing several Individuals proposed to pay the bills themselves."
A fuller account of the same thing is contained in the following letter
from Dr. Everts :
LOUISVELLE, June 27, 1856.
DKAR BROTHER JUDD :
While I was absent at Georgetown, attending the Anniversary exercises, and en-
gaged in important denominational affairs, brethren Armitage and Baker visited
the Louisville Board, and converted them from their purpose to inquire further
into the affairs and doings of the Bible Union. I understand they left the impres-
sion on the Board that great forbearance has been exercised towards you ; that for
a long time your temper has been sour ; that you seem to be influenced by ambi-
tion ; that you have exhibited a covetous spirit, and made exorbitant demands
upon the Board, which they were illy prepared to meet ; that, six months before
his death, the lamented Cone lost confidence in you, and predicted mischief to the
Society from your influence ; that you treated with wanton contempt the authority
of the Board, and the official action of its Committees. They solemnly aver that
you would give them no assurances that Matthew should be done in one, two, or
five years. I doubt not a statement from you would be respectfully considered
by our Board, and might open the way for mediation and reconciliation. * *
When I remember how your fearless and disinterested course has armed many
against you, I cannot bear that the body of all others able to vindicate your char-
acter, and perpetuate with honor your memory, should be alienated from you. Is
there nothing that you ought to explain, retract, or confess, to put yourself within
the protection of your friends and the divine favor ? You know the plainness of
this question proceeds from the tenderness of my love for you, and my exceeding
jealousy for your reputation.
Dear brother, pray much, counsel with your wife, and other disinterested and
wise persons ; and if possible take a position that may lead to a renewal of your
engagement by the Board.
Accept assurances of the Christian esteem of
Yours, in the Gospel,
W. W. EVERTS.
This letter, coming from a prominent member of the Louisville Board,
manifested a spirit which I greatly admire and love. But I could not
take the course which it indicated. The' appeal of that Board to the
Bible Union in my behalf had been made without my solicitation or
knowledge. It had been withdrawn on the ex yarte, accusatory repre-
sentations of Drs. Armitage and Baker, which the Louisville Board
entertained, accredited and made the basis of a solemn decision against
me, without giving me an opportunity to disprove, explain, or know the
things whereof I was accused. After such an action, on a principle
so unjust in itself, so injurious in its operation, denying me the even-
handed justice which was accorded to the chief of sinners by a heathen
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magistrate) it did not become me to seek the "mediation" of its
. It is true, I doubt not, that upon the return of Drs. Armitage and
Baker, $500 was transmitted from the treasury of the Revision Associa-
tion to the treasury of the Bible Union ; but it is also true that about
twenty per cent, of that sum was immediately voted out of the treasury
to pay the "expenses of the deputation, which the Secretary says went at
his earnest entreaty without the knowledge of the Board.
After all this work of the deputation, I received from the Secretary
of the Revision Association the following affectionate epistle :
LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 1st, 1S56.
REV. O. B. JODD,
MY DEAR BROTHER : I have just returned from a trip of six weeks in Missouri.
I learn that in my absence a communication was made to the Bible Union on the
subject of your separation from the Board of Revisers, and dated the llth of June ;
and that you were referred to the same in a communication of the same date. I
also learn that at a full meeting of the Board on the 23d of June, the communica-
tion was withdrawn, our Board having become satisfied that there was no alterna-
tive while your position remained unchanged. With the ardent hope that reflec-
tion may induce you to reconsider your decisions and positions, and with the deep-
est regret that you should by any means have been separated irom the Board and
Committee on Versions, in whom we have the utmost confidence, we, in the lan-
guage of Bro. Everts' letter of yesterday, entreat you to reconsider and return to
your work in the spirit of love.
Your true friend,
JAMES EDMUNDS, Cor, Sec.
In another letter, dated July 11, 1856, Mr. Edmunds writes officially,
and says :
"We hope you are yet to do much effective service in the revision ranks. Do
not, in a moment of haste, injure yourself and the cause for which we have labored
so long. But wait till the breeze passes, and then we will each act his part."
Let it be borne in mind that the author of these letters, who on the
1st of July, 1856, after hearing all that Messrs. Armitage and Baker,
the deputation sent to Louisville by Mr. Wyckoff, in behalf of the Bible
Union, could say against me, entreats me to reconsider and return to
my work ; and on the llth of July, 1856, implores me to keep quiet
till " the breeze passes," in the hope that I may yet do much effective
service in the Bible Union that same Jamos Edmunds, as soon as he
finds that I cannot be persuaded to co-operate in the perverse manage-
ment of the Union, nor yet to give it the sanction of my silence, comes
out, as my " true friend," in a book, written " on behalf of the Revision
Association," dated July 29, 1856, and pronounces me "unworthy to be
continued as a reviser," "degraded from a position he was unworthy
to hold among the revisers of the Bible Union," actuated by a " malig-
nity that surpasses all the ordinary forms of human malice," " a stretch
of malice that is scarcely human," the " madiinator of all this war upon
the Bible Union," in which there had been " expended so much venom,"
the whole animus of which was " for revengeful purposes ; " and repre-
sents me as having, in the first Committee of Investigation, which met
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months previous to Mr. Edmunds' affectionate letters of July 1st and
July llth, made Wm. H. Wyckoff, than whom, according to Mr. Ed-
munds, "no purer man lives upon the earth/- a " target for perpetual
Under other circumstances this might be taken as the old story, so
often reiterated by some religious sect so long as he agrees and works
with us, he is great and good, but as soon as he withdraws from us, he
never was much, or he is a fallen angel that story being told in the
peculiar spirit of James Edmunds. But in this case unmistakable evi-
dence compels me to believe, that all these aspersions were designed as
a part of that conspiracy, which was deliberately formed and indefati-
gably prosecuted, to break down the influence of Dr. Maclay, on the
ground of his alleged imbecility, and of me, on the ground of alleged
malice and revenge ; thus to forestall or counteract the effect of what-
ever we might feel it our duty to say about the mismanagement of the
Again, the Committee of the Revision Association, echoing the senti-
ment of the officers of the Bible Union, charge me with the authorship of
a "mendacious pamphlet, issued under the name of Dr. Maclay." They
" We know that Dr. Judd has often written articles which appeared before the
public as Dr. Maclay's ; and also /cnoiv that the late John L. Waller wrote ai-ticlea
which appeared ia publication with A. Maclay's name appended to them."
Dr. Waller is dead and cannot speak for himself. As to what he did
in this respect, I know not. But, as far as I am concerned, the above
statement, made by James Edmunds and T. S. Bell, "on behalf of the
Revision Association," is untrue, in every sense of the word. And it is
the more reprehensible on account of its having been made after Dr.
Maclay's positive declaration to the contrary had been published. It is
not strange that an allegation so groundless should be accompanied with
the charge of mendacity.
Again, in their reply to Dr. Maclay, the officers of the Union, refer-
ring to me, say :
"He issued a circular against the Committee, and the plans approved by the
Board and the Union, and sent it to the enemies of the Union, while be was still
a member of the Board."
. The case stands thus : From recent transactions the question arose
whether, in carrying out the plan of the Union for the revision of the
New Testament, the judgment of a Committee on Yersions could be
properly interposed to prevent the work of any reviser from being sent
to the other revisers for their examination and criticisms, and as a con-
sequence prevent the author from re-revising his work, with the aid of
such criticisms, before it is submitted to the final Committee for adjudi-
cation. "While this question was under consideration in the Committee
of Investigation, before any action of .the Board on the subject, Mr.
Wyckoff published a statement in the New York Chronicle on the affirm-
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ative of this question, alleging a modification of the plan. Deeming it
wrong that public sentiment and the action of the Board should be
thus forestalled, I prepared a brief statement of the original plan, con-
cluding as follows :
"Now, although the alleged modification of this plan has awakened some fearful
forebodings, yet, it is to be hoped that the views of the President will prevail, and
that the plan, as set forth by brethren Cone, Colgate and "Wyckoff, in 1853, will be
fully and faithfully carried out. Let every friend of pure versions pray for us,
that the God of all srace may direct our steps, and lead us on to complete success
in this glorious enterprize."
This article was written for the New York Chronicle, and sent to the
editor of that paper, Rev. P. Church, D D., for publication. But he
rejected it, and wrote me in explanation as follows :
" I cannot at present see my way clear to insert your article, for the good reason
that it will open the door to a newspaper controversy."
The article was then printed in the form of a Circular, and sent to the
readers of the Chronicle, to all of whom, whether friends or " enemies of
the Union," the statement of Mr. Wyckoff had been previously sent. It
contained nothing " against the Committee and the plans approved by
the Board and the Union." The change in the plan of revision, to
which it refers, will be considered in its proper place.
Again, the officers of the Union, in the catalogue of their allegations
against me, say that,
" On the 3d of June, 1854, he drew $125 in advance.o-Q. this salary ; " that is, my
salary for June was paid on the 3d of the same month.
That is true ; but whatever of wrong there was in it, is chargeable,
not so much to me for asking, as to the Treasurer for granting the
favor ; paying out so much mon'.y so far "in advance;" and the officers
should have called him to account at once, instead of arraigning me for
his fault two years after it was committed. But these officers ought to
know that this is not the only payment made from the treasury of the
Union " in advance." In July, 1853, $1,300 was paid to Dr. Conant
" in advance," for which $33 33 was to be deducted from his salary
every month till the whole should be repaid without interest. Again, on
or before the 13th of June, 1856, $125 was charged in the cash book
of the Bible Union, as paid out of the treasury on account of Wm. H.
Wyckoff's salary for July, 1856 ; notwithstanding the officers say, " the
Corresponding Secretary has no control over the treasury," and that
" money cannot be taken from the treasury except by the Treasurer's
check ; and this is never given except upon the written warrant of the
Assistant Treasurer ;" and "the warrants are made out in accordance
with the acts of the Board, which are certified to the Treasurer by the
minutes of the Board." How well it becomes Mr. Wyckoff to point out
a mote in my eye, while he has a beam in his own eye, let the clear-
sighted, right-minded reader judge for himself.
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But it is enough. These aspersions, though stamped with the official
seals of the Bible TJnion and the Revision Association, deserve no far-
ther notice at my hands. Multitudes, who read them, will exclaim, in
the language of Cone and Wyckoff, " We cannot sufficiently express our
disgust at suck malicious andwic/ced attempts to injure private c/iarader."
I shall now proceed to state and prove some additional facts, in rela-
tion to the American Bible Union, which the public have a right to
know, and which I feel bound to communicate.
After the first Committee of Investigation was appointed, Mr. Wyc-
koff proposed that the officers be requested to lay before the Committee
a written statement of " the present condition and practical working of
the Bible Union." But this was objected to, as not being the investiga-
tion which the Committee were required to make. But no such objec-
tion seems to have prevailed with the second Committee. That Com-
mittee was originally selected by the officers of the Union, whose official
management, among other things, was to be the subject of examination.
Of the nine appointed by the Board, Judge Black, Alexander Camp-
bell, J. A. Pond, and Dr. Eaton did not act ; and " the officers at the
Rooms," being authorized " to fill any vacancies that might occur in the
Committee," appointed^re more ; making the Committee consist of ten,
one more than was ever in any way authorized by the Board. It has
seemed unaccountable to some, who were familiar with the affairs of the
Bible Union, that such men as composed that Committee could make
out, or agree upon, such a Report. But the perfect ex part 'e character
of that Report is explained by the implicit confidence which led the
Committee, not only to make Wni. H. Wyckoff (whose official conduct
was in part the subject of their investigation), the source of their infor-
mation, but the actual organ of their utterance. And it may be well
to give here, out of the numerous evidences which bear on this point,
one or two specimens.
In the body of the Committee's Report, as officially published in the
Bible Union Reporter, November, 1856, a member of that Committee,
and a signer of the Report, is designated thus : " A. Pierce, Esq., Vice
Pres. Hamilton Bank, Treas. Madison University, N. Y." Kow, it
happens that Alvah Pierce is not now, and never has been, " Treasurer
of Madison University ; " so it is scarcely possible that such a misstate-
nient would have appeared in that Report, if Mr. Pierce had even so
much as heard it read, "before it was signed with his name. But the
" real author " of this misstatement is indicated by a remarkable coin-
cidence between this and the following : " Alvah Pierce, Esq., Vice
President, Hamilton Bank, and Treasurer of Madison University, N.Y.,"
which is found in the Annual Report of the Bible Union, written by
Win. H. Wyckoff, just before the Committee's Report, and submitted to
the Union at the same meeting. It is evident that this misnomer was
put into both Reports by the same hand, and it is next to certain that
the hand which put it into the Annual Report belonged to Wm. H.
In another portion of this document I find the following remarkable
expression : " This their Report, made, as they have reason to Mieve, in
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the fear of God." If the Report had been made by the Committee
themselves, it is reasonable to suppose that what is here stated as a mere
matter of belief founded on reason, would have been simply affirmed, as a
matter of knowledge, founded upon consciousness. All this, however, might
be overlooked, if it were not found in connection with other concurrent
and more conclusive evidence of borrowed authorship.
But on a further comparison, these Reports exhibit to the most super-
ficial observer unmistakable evidences of a common origin ; of which the
following parallel passages must be sufficient to satisfy every reasonable
FromWm. H. Wyckoff s Report.
" It must not be understood that ste-
reotyping is always an ultimate and de-
" The Committee on Versions, after
examining a revision and obtaining the
views of scholars thereon, conclude that,
on the whole, it will answer to advise
the Board to authorize its publication.
When such authority is given, the revi-
ser begins to furnish copy to the print-
er, and as proof comes back to him from
day to day, he sees things in new lights,
and makes such repeated changes, that
sometimes his original manuscript
would hardly be recognized. Page
after page goes into form, and still he
finds -the necessity of more alterations.
But now the printer caa spare no more
type, and it becomes necessary to cast
the pages set up. to release the type in
use. The plates, however, are still sub-
ject to change, modern improvements
rendering it nearly as easy to alter them
as to alter type. The reviser finds that
some change which he makes in new
proof, compels corresponding changes
in parts already stereotyped, and ac-
cordingly he has them made."
"It is evident, then, that stereotyping
is a mere matter of convenience and
economy, and that the question of pub-
lishing the revision, when the reviser
himself is prepared for it, may be a
matter of serious re-examination and
From, the Investigating Commit-
"To those who are not acquainted
with the operation of stereotyping, it
may appear to be ultimate and decisive
in matters of publication. But this is
not the fact."
" The Committee on Versions, after
examining a revision and obtaining the
views of scholars thereon, conclude that,
on the whole, it will do to advise the
Board to authorize its publication.
'The reviser begins to furnish copy to
the printer, and, as proof comes back
to him from day to day, he sees where
alterations are required. Page after
page goes into form, and still he finds
it necessary to alter. But" now the
printer has no more type, and it is ne-
cessary to cast the pages set up to re-
lease the type. The "plates, however,
are still subject to change, modern im-
provement rendering it nearly as easy
to alter them as to alter type."
' The reviser finds that some change
which he makes in new proof, compels
corresponding changes in the parts al-
ready stereotyped, and he has these
" It is evident that stereotyping is a
mere matter of convenience and econo-
my ; and that the question of publish-
ing the revision when the reviser him-
self is prepared for it, may be a matter
of serious re-examination and .consider-
This proves, beyond all reasonable doubt, that the Report signed by
the Committee of Investigation was written by Wm. H. Wyckoff, whose
official acts were, with other matters, the subject of investigation. But
while this strips the Committee's Report of all legitimate authority, and
renders it unworthy of the least reliance, it does not diminish, but rather
enhances the responsibility of the men who signed that Report.
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In the Report of the Investigating Committee Messrs. Wyckoff and
Buckbee are lauded as " self-sacrificing officers." If this was intended
to be a true and just representation of facts, it is difficult to understand
in what sense the expression should be taken. Wm. H. Wyckoff was
Secretary of the American and Foreign Bible Society till the spring of
1850, when his re-election to that office was opposed and defeated. In
the summer following, the Bible Union was organized, and Mr. Wyckoff
was elected Secretary. His salary was at first $1,200 ; the same, I
think, as he had been paid in the other Society. It was then extended
back to the time when he failed of a re-election in the Am. and For. B.
Society, covering a period precious to the formation rf the Bible Union.
It was afterwards raised to $1,500, and again to $1,800, which he now
receives in monthly instalments. Eev. C. A. Buckbee was, at the time
the Bible Union was organized, pastor of a church in Massachusetts, on
a salary not exceeding $400. He afterwards travelled a year or more,
as an agent for the N. Y. Chronicle, till he was employed in the Bible
Union Rooms ; where his salary was at first $000, subsequently $800,
then $1,000, and finally $1,200, which he is now receiving, together
with $200 or more additional, for services performed by him in another
The above facts are stated with no disposition to detract from the
just deserts of these gentlemen. But to correct the erroneous impres-
sion which the Report of the Investigating Committee is calculated to
make, by showing that however "^/"-sacrificing" these officers may have
been, they cannot have been remarkably ff^??M/-sacrificmg. Nor can they
be regarded as altogether disinterested in their testimony.
The Committee of Investigation profess to have " instituted a strict
and rigid examination of the system of keeping the financial accounts,
as adopted by the officers of the Bible Union ; " and they conclude,
" that the financial management of the Bible Union is admirable." On
this point I will simply say, that no such system as that described by the
Committee was ever acted on by the officers of the Bible Union previous
to the recent investigations ; and whoever asserts anything of the kind
must be either deceived or regardless of the truth. The following
ought to be more satisfactory on this subject than the testimony of any
Committee, whose information is obtained directly from the officers im-
NEW YORK, April 7, 1S57.
DEAR BROTHER ABBE :
Allow me to ask how long you were a member of the Finance Committee of tiie
Bible Union ; also, whether during that time it was a common thing for the offi-
cers to pay bills, other than incidental expenses, before they had been examined
and approved by that Committee ; and if so, whether any members of that Com-
mittee ever remonstrated against such unauthorized disbursements, and if so.
whether the Bame thing was subsequently repeated.
Very truly yours,
O. B. JUDD.
NEW YORK, April 8, 1S57.
PEAR BROTHER JUDD :
In answer to your inquiries in your note of 7th inst., I would state that I was a
member of the Finance Committee of the Am. Bible Union from June 11, 1850,
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tot October, 1855 ; and during that time the officers were in the habit of paying
bills before they came before that Committee for approval. In 1854, antf '55, it
was frequently referred to when that. Committee met ; and the officers were re^
monstrated with..by members of that Committee, ibr disbursing money without,
authority. Such disbursements were continued, and objected to by the members
who were left oft 1 from that Committee in October, 1855.
Yours very truly,
GEO. W. ABBE.
Dr. Maclay stated that "a portion of the IV. Y. Chronicle, secured
by an annual appropriation of $1,000, for the publication of revision
matter, ^as found to be practicaMy under the absolute control of the
Secretary, and to be used according to his pleasure." The Committee
of Investigation cite a resolution of the Board, authorizing "an annual
expenditure" for such publication, "to an amount not exceeding |1,000."'
Upon which they add, "Jn accordance with this authority, the officers
occupy three columns in the JV. Y. Chronicle." The appropriation, and
the use of the Chronicle by the officers of the Bible Union, are thus
fully admitted. As to the editorial control of these columns, the Com-
mittee of the Revision Association say that " Dr. Maclay's son is the
editor of the Bible Uniou department of the New York Chronicle; " and
Dr. Church, in an editorial/ speaks of the same person, as " the Bible
Union editor ; " but says : " The right to exclude whatever we please
from the Bible Union department of our paper, has been from the first
conceded to us by contract." In this the Committee and Dr. Church
are both wrong. For in the article of agreement by which the Ckroni-
de was sold to Messrs. Church & Backus, it was agreed by them, " that
they will employ Hon. Wm. B. Maclay to prepare weekly contributions, on
the subject of the Bible translation, to be approved by them, and, if
desired, by Wm. H. Wyckoff ." Then, in an editorial last summer, Dr.
Church says : " We have not gone behind the curtain to pry into the
manner in which the Bible Union editor does his duty, but have left him
at liberty to pursue his own course."
From this it will be seen, that Mr. Maclay, instead of being an
" editor," after the Chronicle was sold to Messrs. Church & Backus, was
only a contributor; and so far from having the control of any portion
of the Chrcnide, his own contributions had " to be approved " by Messrs.
Church & Backus, " and if desired, by Wm. H. Wyckoff. So that the
surrendering of the editorial control of the Bible Union department by
Messrs. Church & Backus, as admitted by Dr. Church, did by the terms
of the contract, necessarily leave it in the hands of Wm. H. Wyckoff.
And Dr. Church knows very well, that not only the Bible Union de-
partment, but every other department of the Neio York C&ronide has
been controlled by -the same man.
In addition to the .ZVez0 York Chronicle, is the Bible Union Reporter,
Quarterly. This was first projected as a periodical by Wm. H. Wyc-
koff. It has been repeatedly recognized by Mr. Wyckoff, in his Annual
Reports, but the establishment of a Quarterly periodical was never au-
thorized by any specific act of the Board, or the Union. This period-
ical is, according to the inscription of the title-page, " edited by Wm. EL
Wyckoff and C. A. Buckbee," although neither of them was e,ver
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pointed to such a post by any legitimate authority. The contents of the
Quarterly, both as to kind and quantity, are determined by the pleasure
of these gentlemen, although the periodical goes forth as the official organ
of the Bible Union. It is sent without charge, post-paid, not only to
life members of the Union, but to all subscribers of life memberships.
There is also the Bible Union Reporter Monthly, containing, instal-
ments of the revised version, together with four pages of miscellaneous
reading in each number. This periodical is also edited by Wm. H. Wyc-
koff and his assistant, who make it the medium of publishing whatever
they please. This periodical was started by Mr. Wyckoff before the
subject was even so much as mentioned in the Board. The Committee
of Investigation say that,
" Previously to its issue it -was particularly described in the Annual Report,
which was unanimously approved by the Board."
If this statement were true, its endorsers, as well as its "real author"
are men of too much common sense to suppose that the adoption of an
Annual Report, in which a periodical is " particularly described," would,
without any further special action, authorize the establishment of such a
publication. But the statement itself is untrue ; as I will prove. The
description -referred .to by the Committee is found, as written by Wm. H.
Wyckoff, in the Annual Report ef October, 1855, and reads as fol-
" The book of Job is now appearing in consecutive nwrilers* and subscriptions are
taken for it by the year, twelve numbers constituting the year -of ithe periodical,
whether issued in a greater or less-space -of .time."
The Committee of Investigation assert that the first issue of the
Monthly Reporter was subsequent to the Board's adoption of the Report
containing the above description. But the description itself contradicts
the Committee, by stating that at the time the Report was written,
some days at least previous to its adoption, the periodical was then " ap-
pearing in consecutive numbers." This misstatement .did not originate
with the Committee, nor did it result from any personal investigations
of the Committee. It is the known language of an interested party.
But the Committee have endorsed it, and thereby assumed the respon-
sibility of making it.
Dr. Maclay said " it appeared that the Secretary had, without any au-
thority from the, Board, made arrangements with a house in London for
the republication of this periodical, and sent duplicate stereotype plates,
made in New York." The Committee of Investigation, admitting all
this, endeavor to justify it, on the ground that the arrangements so
made, are, as they believe, pecuniarily advantageous to the Union. But
every one must see that this, if true, would not justify such an assumption
of executive power by a secretarial officer.
The Committee of Investigation say the Monthly Reporter " gives a
reputation to the Union, in Europe and America, which it could not
otherwise obtain." This may be so ; but the reputation so obtained,
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cannot be very creditable to the Bible Union.. For the editorial con--
duct of that periodical would disgrace the columns of any respectable
newspaper ; as the reader can see from the following specimens. In the
printing' of the Hebrew text, an unaccountable number of mistakes, re-
lating to points, letters, and words, occur ; not less than one hundred and
fifty in five conseeative chapters. In an article written by Dr. Strick-
land for the Bible Union, and published in the Monthly Reporter .\)j the
officers with their endorsement, it is said that,
" The Hebrew language was very imperfectly known,, and but little attention
paid to its study at the time the translation [King James'] was made." "It was
at best but a translation from a translation, not from the- original Hebrew anci
Greek, the translators being mostly confined to the Septuagint and Vulgate."
From an article published in a Canadian newspaper, the officers of the
Bible Union made some lengthy extracts, which they republished in the
Monthly Reporter. These extracts contain the following statements ;
"There are now engaged in the revision, in the special employment of the Uniony
over forty scholars, each of whom has his part of the Scriptures to revise."- " The
thoughts of the divine mind will appear to the human mind in all their divine
simplicity, original purity, and omnipotent power." "Probably there is no Soci-
ety or individual in the world that has the critical apparatus for the attainment
of these objects like the Bible Union. I was invited to inspect it, which I did. 77
" I saw the original manuscript meriting of the Apostles ; more correctly speaking, a
fac simile of their writing. 7 ' " I also saw the Syriac version, which was translated
in the time, of the Apostles ; at least before John died 5 and a Chinese translation,
also, of one of the copies of the present common version, as published at the time
the revision was made." " The Apostolic writing is as beautiful as printing, or
what we term copperplate writing." "I was told that one reviser consulted over
two hundred and fifty books, in the revision of one short epistle ; and that another
was occupied for about two years in revising one of the Gospels, previous to the
All these extracts were prefaced with an editorial note, by the offi-
cers of the Union ; attributing them to a person who had " recently
visited the Rooms," as an account of " what he heard and saw ; " not even
intimating that the account was in any particular incorrect, although
they must have known that the statements which they thus republished,
with their own complete and unqualified endorsement, had no foundation
The above specimens are sufficient to satisfy any one that the Monthly
Reporter " gives a reputation to the Union, in Europe and America, which
it could not otherwise obtain ;" but not such a reputation as was meant
by the Committee of Investigation.
If it were necessary or desirable for the Bible Union to conduct a
quarterly, a monthly, and a weekly periodical, it should be done by per-
sons qualified and employed for the purpose. But no such publications
are necessary. It is not right that the Board and the Union should
thus be made accountable for whatever a Secretary may please to write
or publish in their name. A monthly periodical is not a proper medium
for the publication of a new translation, especially when that transla-
tion is immature, and unapproved, except by tke author and the Com-
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mit'tee on Versions. And a Bible Society, whose exclusive object is
** to procure and circulate the most faithful versions of the Sacred
Scriptures in all languages throughout the world," cannot legitimately
maintain the unrestricted publication of such periodicals. JNor can the
officers of such a Society, who are appointed with reference to other and
very different duties, with salaries of from $1^500 to $1,800, properly
and justly devote their time to the editing, the correspondence, the book-
keeping, the mailing, and other incidental work of a newspaper office.
The Committee of Investigation characterize the control of the Sec-
retary over the management of the Bible Union as "the highest element
of success." On this point, I will state some facts which have come
under niy own observation, and leave the public to judge what kind of
"success "is likely to result from such control. The Secretary has a
room to himself ; he has a messenger boy, a lithographic and a letter-
press printer at his command. He sends for any persons whom he may
wish to see on any subject or occasion, and spends as much time with
them as suits his purpose. He convenes any Committee that he wishes
to consult, and sits in deliberation with every standing Committee of
the Board at their regular meetings ; taking special pains to get them
committed to every measure of his projecting, before it comes up in the
Board, He writes just as many and as few letters as he pleases ; and
writes just what he pleases. At the meetings of the Board he reads
extracts from the correspondence, often in a mutilated condition ; bring-
ing out and suppressing such portions as he deems suited or unsuited to
his purpose. He prepares, prints and distributes, post-paid, circulars of
any kind, and to any extent, that he thinks desirable to promote his
objects. The agents, clerks, porters, &c., are employed and dismissed at
his instigation. He arranges the annual elections, so that the member-
ships of the Board and the officers of the Union, and the Committees,
with their various recommendations, such as that for raising the salaries
of the officers, depend upon, and are determined according to his plea-
sure. He first nominates the revisers of the Union, with the respective
portions assigned to them for revision, conducting, either directly or nom-
inally, through the Committee, all subsequent negotiations and corres-
pondence with them ; and their re-employment, discontinuance or dis-
missal, depends upon his proposition and recommendation ; and more
than once he has constrained revisers to vary their translations on other
grounds than a conscientious regard for the meaning of the original
Besides, there are innumerable other matters pertaining to the man-
agement of the Bible Union, which are directly or indirectly under the
control of the Secretary. Indeed, I know of little or nothing in the
conduct of that Institution which is not subject to his dictation. Yet
such control by a Secretary of the Bible Union does not imply what
the Committee of Investigation charge against Dr. Maclay, a reproach
on " the respectable and pious men in the Board, that they bow their
necks in subserviency to one man." For that Board is composed mostjy
of business men, who make no pretensions to learning, and who cannot
act in anything that pertains to a mere literary performance, upon their
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knowledge 'and independent judgment; they must depend on the
information of others, and no "other person has so 'good opportunities and
means for informing and influencing members of the Boatd (and the-
saitie is true in relation to members of the Union), as the Secretary.
AVall events, such are the facts in the case ; and this "absolute con-
trol," however it may now be lauded as " the highest element of success,"
"will yet be: deplored as the precnrsor and procuring cause df an inglorious
In relation to the stereotype plates of Dr. Conant's revision of Job,
the Committe'e of Investigation declare that,
" The facts are these, as the Committee learned upon investigation. Instead of
being six forms, as charged by Dr. Maelay, there are eight forms; and instead of
the Board having ordered bat one form, they ordered three, as the records clearly:
show. The Board ordered the quarto forms."
Now, if the case be taken as stated by the Committee, the result is
the same. Indeed, their statement corroborates the only essential fact
alleged by Dr. Maelay on this point. For there is no difference, so far
as it respects the assumption of power by the Secretary, whether there
were three forms authorized and eight made, or one authorized and six
made. There would be in either case the same number of forms unau-
thorized -by the Board. But "the facts," which the Committee solemnly
declare they " learned upon investigation," did not exist. "The revised
version of Job, by Dr. Conant," to which Dr. Maclay's remark was ex-
clusively applied, and to which alone the Committee's reply is in any Way
applicable, was not stereotyped in "eight forms." There were of that
tersion three sets of plates in quarto; .one in octavo; one in duodecimo,
and one in duodevicesimo. And when S. W. Lynd, Joseph Taylor, Ed-
ward James, Alvah Pierce, Robert Powell, Thomas Swaim, and others,
assert as fads, which they " learned upon investigation," that "the revised
version of Job, by Dr. Conant," had been stereotyped in " eight forms,"
they give all the weight of their influence ; they pledge the honor of
their names ; they absolutely stake their characters for veracity, to
"establish the confidence of the public in that which wants the first' shade
of truth. The Committee say : , . . -
" The objection : that the work has InSW stereotyped, without any examination by
'other scholars, as is required by the. general plan of the Union, is simply, in th'e
view'of the Committee, a mistake. Ther'e is no rate in the general planTvhicb
v fcaS respect to this point."
As to the plan of revision, ""adopted by the Bible TTnion, it is well
known to those conversant with the facts in the case, that, at the out-
set, two propositions were considered ; one for having the new version
all made by one translator, which, it was thought, would secure the
greatest unity and harmony throughout the work ; and one for having it
made in : several portions, by various independent scholars ; and that the
latter proposition, so modified or qualified as to provide for the requisite
unity and harmony of the different parts, by an interchange of criticisms
fcinong all the revisers, : atid : a final review of the work, as a whole, l by a
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committee of scholars, acting in concert, was agreed upon, and estab-
lished as the Bible Union's plan of revision. And so strict was the ad-
herence of the Board to this distinctive feature of the plan, in making
a contract with Dr. Conant, that, while he insisted, that during his nat-
ural life no alteration should be made in his translation without his con-
sent, he was required and bound by the terms of his contract to submit
his work to other scholars for examination, and to review his work with
the aid of their criticisms, before preparing the final copy. So that such
examination was, as Dr. Maclay alleges, " required by the general- plan
of the Union, and the special contract with Dr. Conant." And it is
worthy of note that while the Committee attempt to take the case out
of the general plan of revision, they evade at this point the " special
contract," which requires this examination, independent of the general
plan. It is true, they say in another place, that,
" In accordance with the contract, Dr. Conant carefully examines any criticism
upon his revision, sent to him, and corrects the revision as it requires."
But how is this possible, when the contract requires that the revision
shall be examined and criticised by other scholars, and corrected by the
author, as their criticisms may require, before the final copy is prepared ;
and yet before any other scholar has ever seen that revision it is stereo-
typed in six different sets of plates ? How such men as Lynd, Pierce,
and Swaim, can declare this to be " in accordance with the contract," I
cannot reconcile with their reputation for candor and truth ; especially
when they undertake, in another place, to justify the making of so many
stereotype plates more than the Board had authorized, not by the condi-
tions of the contract, but on the ground that Dr. Conant had stated
(with how much deference to other scholars, I need not say), that,
" There \vas no human probability, that after examining all subsequent criticisms
upon the work, he would find reason to make such changes as would materially
aifect the value of the plates."
Again, Dr. Maclay, speaking of the investigation of the first Com-
mittee, says :
"It was found that the Hebrew of Job had been, by order of the Secretary,
without the knowledge of the Board, stereotyped iu three different forms, the last
of which was to be a purely Hebrew book, -with various readings and grammatical
notes, for the use of students learning the Hebrew language ; such a book as a soci-
ety, whose only and exclusive object is ' to procure and circulate the most faithful
versions of the Holy Scriptures, in all languages, throughout the world,' has no
right to publish."
To this the Committee of Investigation reply as follows :
" As to the charge that one of the forms is a purely Hebrew work, with various
readings and grammatical notes, it is sufficient to say that no plates have been cast
with various readings and grammatical notes."
This is an evasion and equivocation which I was not prepared to expect
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from such men as S. W. Lynd, Alvah Pierce, Edward James, and Thom-
as Swairu. They profess to have a knowledge of " the facts " in this
case, " learned upon examination. 1 ' If they are honest in that profession,
they know that the plates for two 32mo editions of Job in Hebrew, one
.without and one with, grammatical notes, were ordered ; that the plates
for the title pages of both, one having on it the inscription, "With
grammatical notes, by T. J. COXANT," were cast ; * that on the cover of
the MontJdy, and elsewhere, as early as October, 1855, the officers of
the Bible Union published, under the head of "Books passing through
the press," the following advertisement :
"THE BOOK OF JOB One Volume 32mo. The original Hebrew text, with
various readings, critically edited for the American Bible Union. To which are
added Grammatical Notes on the Hebrew Text, making the book very valuable
to students in Theological Seminaries, and to many other persons who have some
knowledge of Hebrew, but not enough to cope with the grammatical peculiari-
ties of this most ancient sacred poem."
Now, after all this, for Messrs. Lynd, Pierce, Swaim, and others, to
undertake to shield a Secretary from the charge of having a Hebrew
school-book stereotyped without any authority from the Board, by de-
claring that "no plates have been cast with various readings and grammat-
ical notes," is a sheer quibble, which not only does violence to truth, but
is artfully adapted to mislead the public mind. But suppose that after
the thing has been exposed, the "grammatical notes" be left out, and
the " Hebrew text, with various readings," be now published by itself,
as advertised in the Quarterly for February, 1857, I would like to have
any one tell me, how the American Bible Union can legitimately or hon-
estly expend one dollar in the publication of such a Hebrew book, hav-
ing no connection with any translation, but being designed and specially
adapted to the use of schools. It is all wrong ; and the men who lend
the influence of their names and the weight of their characters to justify
or cover up such wrongs, instead of permanently satisfying the public
mind, swell the current of misrepresentation, which threatens to sweep
away the very foundation of all confidence in the probity of men.
In Dr. Maclay's letter some examples of translation were cited, from
the Gospel of John, as revised for the Bible Union by Rev. J. W. Mor-
ton, to show the importance of adhering to the original plan ; subject-
ing each reviser's work to the examination and criticism of every other
reviser ; to which the officers of the TJnion reply as follows .:
" The work has not been published, and, therefore, the Bible Union is in no way
responsible for them."
The Committee of Investigation echo the same sentiment, thus :
"Unless the Committee on Versions recommend, and the Board approve and
publish, they cannot be held responsible for improper translations."
* A printed impression from these plates is in my possession, and can be eeeii
by anyone who wants more certain evidence of the facts here stated.
50 A REVIEW OP THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION. .
It is astonishing that such a doctrine should be promulged by men
who understand so well the limitations of human responsibility. There
is not a code of morals, from the statute-book of the divine government
down to the meagerest haud-book of civilization, which does not hold
the Bible Union responsible for all the translations which it has caused
to be made.
But so far as the point in question is concerned it matters not where
the responsibility falls. The competency or ineornpetency of a transla-
tor is, in all cases, unerringly indicated by the character of his transla-
tions. And if improper translations have been made by a translator of
the Bible Union, the importance of a strict application of the rules estab-
lished for the rectification of erroneous renderings, is thereby demonstra-
ted. This, the real point in Dr. Maclay's reasoning, is not met, but
rather evaded, by the officers and the Committee of Investigation.
The latter allege that,
" The Committee find upon examination that the portion from which Dr. Maclay
quoted certain passages, consisted of proof-sheets, which had been stitched in pa-
per covers, and taken to the semi-annual meeting, held at Chicago, in May, 1855,
with a view to their being examined by a Committee."
the portion from which Dr. Maclay quoted certain passages "
comprises the first eleven chapters of John, as revised for the Bible
Union, by Rev. J. W. Morton. It did not consist of " proof-sheets ; *
as the following testimonies fully prove. In the Bible Union Reporter,,
for August, 1854, " the officers at the Rooms " say :
" The Gospel of John is now in the hands of the printer."
In the Annual Report of the Bible Union, published October, 1854,
Mr. Wyckoff says :
" We have now in press the Gospel of John, of which about eigfdeen chapters art
In the Annual Report of the Revision Association, written about the
first of April, 1855, Mr. Edmunds says :
The Gospel of John has been stereotyped for several months."
Thus, it appears from official documents, that in October, 1854, the
revised version of John, having been stereotyped, was passing through
the press, and about eighteen chapters were "already PRINTED." Is it
credible, then, that in May, 1855, the officers of the Bible Union left,
in New York, the revision of John, which had been print ed from stere-
otype plates, and took with them only the "proof-sheets " of that work,
for the examination of a Committee in Chicago ? It is not so strange 1
that a confiding public, having no knowledge or no remembrance of the
official statements above cited, should credit the declarations of that
august Committee, as it is, that the Committee themselves should, " upon
examination " of the facts in the case, believe their own testimony, in a
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thing so perfectly absurd. The revision of John from which those quo-
tations were made is now in my possession, and any one who shall take
the trouble to inspect it, will " find upon examination " that " the por-
tion from which Dr. Maclay quoted certain passages " does not consist
of " proof-sheets."
Here the Committee of Investigation have placed themselves in a
very unenviable predicament. It is proved to be a fact, beyond the pos-
sibility of a reasonable doubt, that " the portion from which Dr. Maclay
quoted certain passages," did not consist of " proof-sheets." The Com-
mittee either knew this fact, or they did not ; if they knew it, their
statement was a palpable contradiction of their knowledge ; if they did
not know it, their statement was a positive denial of their ignorance.
In either case, therefore, their statement appears to be an intentional
violation of truth ; in order to make out that the exceptionable transla-
tions in question, were found only in " proof-sheets," for which the officers
say, " the Bible Union is in no way responsible."
If any one can, without disregarding the essential, incontrovertible
facts in the case, come to a more charitable conclusion, I shall be most
happy to acquiesce in it ; for it is painful to think that a large Commit-
tee of respectable men, appointed by a religious Society, to make an in-
vestigation of its affairs, on the result of which the public are expected
to rely with perfect confidence men who have been applauded before
the world, as all but infallible should impeach their own veracity by
professing to " find upon examination " what really had no existence, and
consequently could not be found.
The Committee of Investigation state that after the revised version
has been stereotyped,
" The plates are still subject to change, modern improvement rendering it nearly at
tasy to alter them as to alter type."
For several years I have been conversant with the business of print-
ing and publishing. I had really begun to regard myself as pretty well
acquainted with the various operations of typography. But I confess
my ignorance of this important discovery. And I know of many adepts
in the art of printing, who would be glad to have Messrs. Lynd, James,
Pierce, Powell and Swaim explain more particularly the " modern im-
provement" by which stereotype plates can be altered " nearly as easy"
as type. Some of these gentlemen may yet be invited to lecture on the
subject before the New York Printers' Association. They will do well
to hold themselves in readiness.
It would seem that changes are made without stint in the plates of
the Bible Union. For the Committee of Investigation tell us that,
" Of the eight examples given by Dr. Maclay [which, as it has been proved, were
printed from the stereotype plates of John], four have been altered."
Now, admitting that by means of the " modern improvement " dis-
sovered by the Committee of Investigation, alterations can be made in
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stereotype plates with so much facility, and without additional expense,
is not so much rechanging a significant fact in relation to the qualifica-
tions of the reviser and the character of his work ? One half the chan-
ges made in the common version, rechanged after the work has been
submitted to the Board, examined and recommended by the Committee
on Yersions ! after it has been stereotyped, and an edition of a thousand
copies printed I What must be the indecision of a reviser, who, after
his work has been once completed, submitted and stereotyped, can pro-
ceed to amend one half of the changes so recently made by himself ?
How insufficient must have been the authority on which those changes
were first made, to allow their alteration so soon !
Dr. Maclay says he "found extensive notes of a doctrinal and practi-
cal nature, which were alike foreign to the work of translation, and in-
consistent with the unsectarian character of the Union." The Committee
of Investigation cite two resolutions of the Board, with their preambles ;
in which it is admitted, that "doctrinal and theological discussions have
been introduced into the notes of some of our revisers, not necessary to
the translation, nor to any authorities sustaining it ; and in which it is
resolved that " the introduction of such notes ought to be carefully
avoided ;" upon which that Committee aver that,
" In no manuscript yet examined by the Committee on Versions, and ordered to
be printed, have these resolutions been violated. The notes referred to in the alle-
gation were taken also from proof-sheets." " The Committee consider the allega-
But will Messrs. Lynd, James, Pierce, Powell and Swaim, tell us how
such notes could be found in proof-sheets, if they had existed "in no
manuscript yet examined by the Committee on Versions, and ordered to
be printed " ? Were they interpolated by the printer ? Or was the re-
vision of John in proof-sheets before it was in manuscript " examined by
the Committee on Yersions " ? before it was " ordered to be printed " ?
Let us see whether these resolutions have not been violated ; whether
the notes in question were taken from proof-sheets ; whether the allega-
tion of Dr. Maclay on this point is " unsustained." In the copy of John
as revised by Rev. J. W. Morton, a Seventh-day Baptist, and printed
from stereotype plates, I find, among " extensive notes of a doctrinal
and practical character," the following :
" The personal Spirit is never properly said to have begotten the humanity of
the Messiah." " The resurrection of our Lord did not, as is commonly supposed,
take place on the morning of the first day of the week ; but in the evening of
the Sabbath, probably at the very close of the day of rest ; * * * at the
precise point that separated between the last and the first days of the week."
'' There is no evidence that our Lord was crucified on the sixth day of the week."
In the Introduction to this volume of "proof-sheets," printed from
stereotype plates, the author of the above notes says he " has tried to
divest his work of everything of a partisan or sectarian character."
The question of "proof-sheets " has been disposed of. The resolutions
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cited by the Committee of Investigation were not prepared and passed
until after Dr. Maclay had called the attention of the Committee on
Versions to the existence of such notes. And now are we to be told,
by Messrs. Lynd, James, Powell, Pierce and Swaim, that such notes as
the above, quoted from Mr. Morton's revision of John, are not " practi-
cal," "doctrinal," "theological," and "sectarian"; or that they were
not in his manuscript, when it was " examined by the Committee on
Versions," and upon their recommendation " ordered to be printed"?
I cannot imagine how such men were ever induced to sign their names
to such statements.
^ The. prindpk of translation, adopted ly the Bible Union, has leen grossly
The first of the " General Rules for the Direction of Translators and
Revisers employed by the American Bible Union," reads thus :
' " The exact meaning of the inspired text as that text expressed it to those who understood
the original Scriptures at the time they were first written, must be translated by corresponding
words and phrases, so far as t':ey can be found, in the vernacular tongue of those for whom
the version is designed, with the least possible obscurity or indefiniteness."
The principle on which this rule was based underlies the whole super-
structure of the Bible Union, as a translation Society. By this rule
that Institution has been most, successfully vindicated from the oft-
repeated charges of sectarianism. It has always been set forth as the
only general, fundamental rule prescribed by the Bible Union for the
guidance of its revisers and translators. The above is the only form of
the Rule ever authorized by the Board or the Union, and is substan-
tially the same as is found in every contract made with baptists ;
yet I found, to my utter astonishment, that the rule in question, which
was supposed to have been given to every reviser in the same form, had
been modified in one instance, as follows :
"The exact meaning of the inspired text, at the time when it -was first written,
to be given with the least possible obscurity and indefiniteness, in terms of vernac-
ular English, corresponding, so far as they can be found, to those of the Greek in
like extent of common, secular use ; and if, in any case, for want of a term of such kind,
which will convey the meaning of the Greek with sufficient exactness, a term be
used, derived from the Greek, and having an ecclesiastical or sacred use only, then
ihe term of common secular use in English, which most nearly corresponds to that of the
Greek, to be given in a note."
In the contract of another pedobaptist, I find the authorized form of
that rule amended as follows :
" The exact meaning of the inspired text, as that text expressed it to those who
understood the original, at the time first written, must be translated by correspon-
ding words and phrases, those of the Greek in like currency and extent of secular as
well as religious use. so far as such words and phrases can be found ; and if for want
of them, terms be used derived from the Greek, then the terms of vernacular English,
which most nearly answer to the above description, to be given in notes."
The nature of these alterations, taken in connection with tht, fact that
they are found only in contracts made with such pedobaptists as were
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considered most likely to retain " baptize " in the revised version, shows
conclusively that the man who made them, without the authority or
knowledge of the Board, was determined to secure, in place of that
term, the substitution of some word in " common secular use ; " if not in
the text, at least in the margin. The bearing and design of these
modifications are too obvious to admit of any doubt.
The contracts containing the above modifications are those made with
Rev. A. S. Thelwall and Rev. T. Boys. The former, on comparing the
rule as given to him with the form in which it was given to the latter,
wrote under date of July 25, 1853, as follows :
"I duly received yours of the 20th, inclosing two copies of the agreement
But the alteration made in the first Eule made it desirable to take some time for
consideration, and I wished to consult with my friend the Rev. T. Boys. I found
that the Rule as he had signed it was not verbally the same as that sent to me.
Is not this a pity ? Has there not been some want of judgment and method ia
making the arrangements to occasion this diversity ? Ought not the Rules to
have been so carefully considered and worded that they might have been present-
ed to each person, who is requested to subscribe them, in precisely the same form
and words ? Is there not some danger that difficulties and disputes may one day
arise from this want of uniformity ?"
If Mr. Thelwall could speak thus on comparing the rule as contained
in his contract with the form of it in Mr. Boys' agreement, what would
he have done had he seen the form of that rule, as found in contracts
made with Baptists ? !N~o right-minded man would be likely to look
with favor upon such maneuvering to secure any end whatever. If the
alteration were right in itself, it could not be properly made by an indi-
vidual without the authority or knowledge of the Board. But the alter-
ation is wrong in principle and totally incompatible with the unsectarian
character of the Bible TJnion, as it was originally constituted. For, if a
word in the common English version conveys distinctly and definitely the
meaning of the original, and is well understood, the fact that it is not
in "common, secular use," is not a sufficient reason for its abandonment j
and the existence under the seal of the Bible Union, of a rule which
would compel revisers to substitute some other word for " baptize," if
no other reason could be found, simply because it was not in " common
secular use," stamps that Institution with a sectarian character for which
I -desire to be in no way responsible.
The. plan of revision, adopted by tJie Bible Union, has been practically
It was not until after extensive correspondence and mature delibera-
tion, during which one Plan of Revision was thoroughly canvassed and
rejected, that the Plan for the Revision of the English New Testament,
on which the work was at length undertaken, was approved and adopted.
And it must be obvious that no material alteration of that Plan could
be safely or justly made, while the work was in progress, without the
general consent of the revisers, and a deliberate act of the Board ; as
the Plan upon which the work was to be done, necessarily constituted an
essential condition of the contracts between the Board and the Revisers.
A REVIEW OF THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION. 55
Yet, it appears that an assumption of power by the Committee on Yer-
sions has led to a radical change in the operation of that Plan, irrespec-
tive of the Revisers, the Board, or the Union. Although a member of
the Committee on Yersions from the beginning, Dr. Armitage's letter
of December 6th, 1855, was the first intimation I ever had of that
assumption of power, which Dr. Maclay has well termed,
" The prerogative of passing judgment upon the merits of every reviser's work,
selecting such as they considered fit to be printed and subjected to the criticism
of the other revisers, as ' the basis of the final examination ; ' laying aside others
to be submitted, without such criticism or revision, in manuscript, to the final body
of judges ; and setting apart others to be used merely as ' aid to others who will
do the work more thoroughly ; ' with the additional prerogative of publishing to
the wide world whatever revision they might approve for the purpose, without the
previous inspection of any one else but themselves and the author."
I knew very well, that, in order to gratify a laudable desire of the"
people to possess some specimens of revision, and thus to increase their
interest in the work, it had been deemed, by a majority of the Board,
advisable to print, in addition to the copies required by the Plan for the
criticism of other revisers, a small edition of the most creditable portions
for general circulation ; and that this had led to a cursory examination
of each portion by the Committee on Yersions, with special reference to
this general circulation. But the general circulation of a revision pre-
vious to any examination by revisers other than the author, was purely
incidental, and apart from the original design ; and I so regarded the
examination made by the Committee on Yersions, which had been origin-
ally induced with direct reference to such premature circulation. I had
never had the remotest idea that the judgment of that Committee was
to be interposed between the author of any revision and the other re-
visers, so as to determine the merits of his work and prevent it from
being sent to them, as required by the Plan, for their examination and
criticism, and thereby deprive the author of the opportunity to re-
revise his work with the aid of such criticisms, previous to the adjudi-
cation of a final Committee. But such was the alarming assumption of
the Committee on Yersions. I call it an alarming assumption because
it contravenes a fundamental rule in the Plan of Revision adopted by the
Union, and because it is, in its operation, unjust and unsafe.
" The plan contemplates that the whole of the New Testament shall be appor-
tioned among the most competent of the scholars thus employed, who, when they
have finished each his own part, shall meet in this city, at the expense of the Union,
and shall here go over the work conjointly, and decide upon it as a whole. To
illustrate this view, the Committee will adduce an imaginary example. Suppose
that the correction of the Epistle to the Hebrews be assigned to President Dagg
and Prof. Crawford, and that they be invited, after finishing their work, to meet aa
members of the Convention finally to adjudicate upon the whole."
In this Plan it certainly was not contemplated that any Committee
of the Board would sit in judgment on the work of a reviser. The re-
visers themselves are made the sole judges in the case, first individually,
and finally in Convention. The Rule to which I referred was enacted
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by the Board, in February, 1852, as the Fourth Instruction to Revisers ;
and reads as follows :
"As soon as the revision of any one book of the New Testament is finished, it
shall be sent to the Secretary of the Bible Union, or to such other person as shall
be designated by the Committee on Versions, in order that copies may.be taken
and furnished to the revisers of the other books, to be returned with their sugges-
tions to the reviser or revisers of that book. After being re-revised, with the aid
of their suggestions, a carefully-prepared copy shall be forwarded to the Secre-
In perfect accordance with the foregoing is the following Report,
made to the Bible Convention at Memphis, in April, 1852, by Dr. Ar-
mitage, as chairman of a Committee on the Plan of Revision adopted
by the American Bible Union :
" " As soon as the revision of any one book of the New Testament is finished, it
shall be sent to the Secretary of the Bible Union, or such other person as shall be
deeignated by the Committee on Versions, in order that copies may be taken, and
furnished to the revisers of the other books, to be returned with their suggestions
to the reviser or revisers of that book. After being re-revised with the aid of
these suggestions, a carefully-prepared copy shall be forwarded to the Secretary.
"For the execution of this plan according to these principles and rules, a special
Committee, known as the Committee on Versions, has been appointed by the Board
of the Union, subject to their dictation and authority. Through this Committee
an extensive correspondence has been held with the principal scholars in all sec-
tions of the United States, and in Great Britain, and other foreign countries.
The result of this correspondence has been the recommendation and approval of
the following plan :
" 1. The whole New Testament to be divided, and apportioned among a large
number of competent scholars, of different religious denominations, acting individ-
ually, or in companies, in all parts of this country and in Great Britain.
" When all the different parts assigned to the individuals or companies, respec-
tively, shall have been finished, the reviser of each, or the representative of the
company of the revisers of each, shall meet together and go over the whole work
Here we have not only the essential features of the Plan, but the ob-
ject and duties of the Committee on Versions ; and there is not in all
the slightest intimation that the merits of any reviser's work was to be
determined by that Committee. Again, in the Appendix to the Third
Annual Report, Rev. S. W. Lynd, D. D., speaking of the Bible Union,
" Their plan is to divide and apportion the New Testament among a large'num-
ber of competent scholars of diiferent religious denominations in all parts of this
country and Great Britain. The revisers are to examine every Greek word or
phrase in the translation of which the phraseology of the common version ia
changed in every other place in which it occurs, and to give their views as to the
proper translation in each place. They are required to cite authorities for any im-
portant change. As soon as the revision of any one book is finished, it passes into
the hands of all the revisers, to be sent back with their suggestions. Each reviser
has then to review his work, and furnish a fair copy ; and when all the different
parts assigned to the individuals or companies, respectively, shall have been fin-
ished, a Committee of the revisers shall be chosen to meet together, and go over
the work conjointly."
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Again, in January, 1853, an official paper was published over the sig-
natures of S. H. Cone, D.D., as President, Wm. Colgate, Esq., Treasurer,
and Win. H. Wyckoff, Esq., Secretary, of the Bible Union ; in which
the following statement, from the pen of Mr. Wyckoff, is thus officially
endorsed by these officers. They say :
" In accordance with the plan of the American Bible TJnion for the revision of
the English New Testament, the work of each of the revisers MDST be subjected to the crit-
ical examination of the rest, and of such other scholars as have expressed a willingness
to assist ; and after being again revised by the author, with the aid of their sug-
gestions, be submitted to a Committee of revisers appointed by the Union for final
adjudication upon every word and phrase."
Now, by the foregoing testimonies it is plainly and positively proved
that, by the Plan and Rules adopted by the Bible Union for the revision
of the English New Testament, the Board was bound, (1.) to employ
competent scholars to do the work, the whole being apportioned among
them ; (2.) to subject the work of each reviser or set of revisers to the
inspection of the other revisers for their criticisms ; (3.) to have such
work re-revised by the author, with the aid of those criticisms ; (4.) to
submit all the revisions so made to a Committee of first-rate scholars, to
be appointed by the Union, for final adjudication ; and (5.) to fulfil these
conditions, as the terms of agreement on which every reviser was em-
It is also evident, from the foregoing, that the legitimate business of
the Committee on Versions was that of an agent, acting for the Board,
in selecting and employing such scholars, apportioning the work among
them ; transmitting the several parts from one reviser to the other, and
finally to the ultimate body of judges " appointed by the Union ; " and
that that Committee was never raised, as it certainly was not qualified,
to sit in judgment on the work of competent revisers.
Now, the prerogative claimed for the Committee on Yersions included
the power (1.) to keep the work of a reviser with or without examin-
ation for any length of time ; (2.) to prevent any one else but them-
selves from examining it ; (3.) to determine which of several revisions
of the same book " embraces those requisites which the fiual Committee
will need, in order to impartially determine upon the changes to be ad-
mitted into the common Version for its improvement ;" (4.) to have such
revision alone printed as "the basis of the final examination ;" and (5.)
. to publish to the world, .without any other examination, the revision of
their choice. And this power has been used with the largest liberty.
For, to say nothing of the revisions of all the books of the New Testa-
ment, made by different scholars in England, which have been for the
most part thrown aside as useless, the Gospel of Mark, revised by Ed-
ward Maturin ; Luke, first by Rev. James Shannon, then by Rev. Joseph
Muenscher, D.D. ; Acts, by Alexander Campbell ; Romans, first by
Rev. P. Schaff, D.D. ; then by Prof. E. Adkins ; Galatians, by Rev. S.
W. Lynd, D.D. ; Ephesians, by Rev. John Forsyth, D.D. ; Philippians,
by Eld. S. E. Shepard ; Colossians, by Rev. W. P. Strickland, D.D. ;
Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James; and 1 Peter, by Rev. James
58 A KEVIEW OF THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION.
Lillie, D.D. ; have all been finished and put into the hands of the Com-
mittee on Versions ; some of them three or four years ago ; aud yet
not a single copy of the .above-named revisions has been " furnished to
the revisers of the other books, to be returned with their suggestions,"
as the Rule requires. In October, 1852, four years and a half ago, Mr.
Wyckoff wrote in the Annual Report, thus :
" Several of the revisers have sent in the whole or portions of their work."
In October, 1853, three years and a half ago, Mr. Wyckoff writes in
the Annual Report, thus :
" One revision of Ephesians Las been received ; one of Galatians ; and the MSS.
of 1st and 2d Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, &c., has been partially examined by the
Committee on Versions."
These things took place while I was a member of the Committee on
Yersions ; but I always regarded the examinations by that Committee
as having reference solely to the surplus publication, and nearly every
thing in that Committee was allowed to wait the motion of Mr. Wyckoff,
by whom it was directly or indirectly controlled ; and I was not then
aware that the Committee laid claim to any such power ; nor did I
dream that the Rule, which required copies of each revision to be sent
to the other revisers, would be permanently disregarded. And I was
alarmed when I saw the assumption of power by that Committee, as
indicated in the letter of Dr. Armitage. For it was evident that such
power, in the hands of that Committee, would obliterate the most im-
portant features of the original Plan. Whereas that Plan was designed
and adapted to furnish all the revisers with the same opportunity of
bringing their works to the highest degree of excellence, the policy of
the Committee deprives some of the benefit of others' criticisms and of
the opportunity of re-revising their own work with the aid of such sug-
gestions. Whereas the original Plan was designed and adapted to
afford the most general satisfaction to revisers by giving the works of
all to the final judges in a manner and form equally favorable to their
approval, the practice of the Committee, in submitting some in print
after re-revision, and others in manuscript, without re-revision, not only
lays the foundation for just complaint and dissatisfaction, but fixes a
seal of merit or demerit upon every revision according to the estimate
of incompetent judges. I mean no personal disrespect. But duty re-
quires me to pronounce the Committee on Versions incompetent to
determine the merits of revisions made by scholars. Three of that Com-
mittee, Messrs. Armitage, Smith and Sarles, make no pretensions to
critical learning. The other two, Messrs. Wyckoff and Baker, if they
were ever adept in the original languages of the Bible, have been too
much occupied with other things to be qualified to sit in judgment on the
work of men, who have some of them for a lifetime given themselves
wholly to the study of biblical science. Such an assumption of power ;
such a change of the original Plan, is in my opinion unjust and unsafe,
and must go far to defeat the original object of the Bible Union.
A REVIEW OF THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION. 59
The Committee of Investigation, in replying to Dr. Maclay,. on this
point, say :
" The allegation that the Secretary has changed the polic j of the Union is not
sustained." " The practice of the Committee on Versions, in regard to printing
only such revisions as may be suitable to put into the hands of the Final Board
of Revisers, meets the full approbation of the Committee of Investigation."
The truth is, no such allegation is made in Dr. Maclay's pamphlet.
He there distinctly charges this violation of the established rules of the
Bible Union upon the Committee on Versions. And in the above ex-
tract from the Report of the Committee of Investigation it is admitted
that the Committee on Versions determine what revisions are, and what
are not " suitable to put into the hands of the Final Board of &evisers,' r
and that they print such as they deem suitable for that purpose, and
reject such as are in their judgment unsuitable ; which practice " meets
the full approbation of the Committee of Investigation." Yet the
Chairman of that Committee, Rev. S. W. Lynd, D.I)., when preaching
a sermon before the Revision Association, in 1855, laid down six rules,
which he said " the American Bible Union originated," of which the fourth
and sixth read thus :
"The work of every reviser should be examined by every other reviser, anl be return-
ed with suggestions, and then each reviser should be required to go over his work
with the aid of these suggestions."
" Finally, it should be submitted to a college of the revisers, who should remain
in session until the work is completed and made ready for the press."*
Again, in an official document of the Bible Revision Association, of
which Dr. Lynd was President at the time of its publication, in 1856,
just before his Report in behalf of the Investigating Committee, it is
" Each book revised has not only to pass the inspection of all the scholars en-
gaged on the other books, but has to be examined by each of the  critics
before it goes to press."
How Dr. Lynd could preach the doctrines of those rules, and at the
same time approve the admitted practice of the Committee on Versions ;
or how such men as Alvah Pierce and Thomas Swairn could solemnly
affirm that Dr. Maclay's allegation of a deviation from these rules in
the practice of the Committee on Versions, was not sustained, surpasses
The American Bible Union lias recently adopted a principle and policy in
relation to the text of the New Testament which unsettles the otily foundation
of a revised version of the Holy Scriptures in the English or any other lan-
It was originally agreed upon, and established, by the Board of the
* Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Bible Revision Association
60 A HEVIEW OF THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION.
Bible Union, as one of the " Special Instructions to the Revisers of the
English New Testament," that, "The common English version must be
the basis of the Revision." Then, Dr. Lynd, in his Address before the
Bible Union, October, 1852, says :
" The old family Bible, unaltered, is now ' the commonly received version.' Lei
it continue to be so until a perspicuous and faithful revision can be secured. Lef
all revision men throughout Christendom reject the new edition by the American Bible
Society ; reject it from their family worship, their Sunday schools, their pulpits,
so that it never can become ' the commonly received version.' "
Yet at the meeting of the Board in September, 1856, Dr. Lynd being
present, and concurring, it was decided that " The English version, as
published by the American Bible Society, in their collated octavo edition
of 1854, shall be the basis of the Revision."
This, however, is of trifling consequence, compared with what has
been decided and done in relation to the Greek text.
It is well known to scholars, that, in addition to the Stephanie text,
otherwise called the texlus receptus, there are several other collations of
the Greek New Testament, answering to the differing judgments of their
respective authors upon the various readings of manuscripts and ancient
versions. Soon after the Bible Union was formed, before the work of
revision was commenced, the selection of one of these, as the foundation
of a revised English version, was carefully considered. It was well un-
derstood, that, as Dr. Williams says, " the Greek texts of the several
critical editors widely differ, as to accuracy, fulness and orthodoxy."
But all things considered, it was deemed right and most judicious, under
existing circumstances, to adopt the " received text," as recently pub-
lished by Bagster and Sons. So, it will be recollected, when Dr. Wil-
liams alleged that the Bible Union was,
" "Withholding from the Baptist churches, thus invoked for help, the statement
of the particular Greek text, which you announce yourselves to have selected, as
the basis of your critical labors,"
It was stated in the official reply of the Bible Union, that,
" This subject received our early and prayerful attention, and after obtaining
the most satisfactory information respecting it, with the counsel of competent ad-
visers, and our own mature deliberation, we determined to use the ' received text,'
as critically edited by the best scholars of the age, and published by Bagster and
Sons, London, octavo edition, 1851."
Here we have, not only the text, but the particular edition, and the
date of its publication, officially announced, under circumstances which
gave to that announcement the greatest possible weight. In perfect
accordance with this, the first of the " Special Instructions to the Revi-
sers of the English New Testament," says :
u The common English version must be the basis of the revision : the Greek
text, Bagster and Sons' octavo edition of 1851."
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In pursuance of this official instruction, I find, in all the written eon-
tracts of the Union with its revisers, which I have examined, the follow-
ing unqualified stipulation :
" The Greek text to be used, that of Mill, as printed in Messrs. Bagster and Sous
8vo large print Greek Testament of 1851.?'
Accordingly, most of the revisers have confined themselves to the
" received text ; " and so strictly was this instruction originally held by
the author of the first revision, which the Bible Union published, in
1852, that, in the preface to that work, he advertises the reader that
" he had not considered himself, in every instance, bound by the punc-
tuation of the Greek text ; " leaving the reader to infer that he had
considered himself in every instance bound by the text itself.
At length, however, it was discovered, as if by some new light, that
the received Greek text contained " the grossest corruption." And in a
book, written by James Edmunds and T. S. Bell, " on behalf of the Re-
vision Association," and " published/' accoiding to the last Annual Re-
port of the Bible Union, "by the Association," and advertised, recom-
mended and sold by the officers of the Union, I find a profusion of state-
ments like the following ;
"Now what is the original text? Where is it? Who has seen it ? We have proved
in the presence of the four clergymen the grossest corruption in the Greek textus re-
ceptus." "And we now say, fearless of confutation, that the condition of the Greek
texius receptus is as disgraceful to the scholarship of this age, as the. state of the English ver-
sion is to the biblical science of the times ;" and in the vast number of shocking trans-
lations we have summoned from that, in its gross absurdities and glaring contradictions,
the four clergymen have not been able to find a single place, on which to make a
defence." " We can refer only to a few of the many spurious matters in our ver-
sion. For instance, the entire nine verses at the close of the 16th chapter of
Mark ; the Gethsemane scene in Luke 22 : 43, 44 ; John, 5:4; the disturbance of
the pool by an angel, from 53d verse of the 7th chapter of John to the llth verse
of the 8th chapter j the scene of the woman taken in adultery, Luke 9 : 54, 55, 56 j
and Luke 23 : 24, are pronounced spurious passages that have not the least author-
rid to stand upon." "In Matt. 5 : 22, ' without a cause ' is spurious."
ity in the world
&c., in Matt. 18 22, 23, are spurious." "In Matt.23 : 35, a probable false text
and false rendering." "Nor did the Holy Spirit write the statement as it is in
the received Greek text, and in our common version " of Heb. 9 : 3, 4.
As such views of the received Greek text, which the Bible Union had
adopted as the standard of revision, prevailed, the persons who enter-
tained them came very naturally to the conclusion that the original
needed as much revision as the translation. And there was, among the
" General Rules for the Direction of Translators and Revisers," the fol-
"Translations and revisions of the New Testament shall be made from the re-
ceived Greek text, critically edited, with known errors corrected."
Which, though it was not originally intended to authorize any altera-
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tions to be thereafter made in the received text, by the revisers of the
Union, but only to describe that text, as having been already "critically
edited, with known errors corrected," was nevertheless so interpreted by
the Secretary and certain revisers of the Union, as to require revisers
of the English version to revise also the Greek test. But how to de-
termine the " known errors," there seems not to have been, previous to
October, 1856, any general or satisfactory understanding. Eor in 1854,
Eev. John Lillie, D.D., wrote, in the Introduction to his revision of the
last six books of the New Testament, as follows :
"In what way shall we safely distinguish, in the crowd of questionable readings,
hat may fairly lie regarded as the ' known errors,' of which our plan requires the
correction ? The present writer could think of no test so simple and satisfactory,
as the general consent of lie critical afriors however differing in their principles of
recension -for the last hundred years. While this rule would no more than any other
secure a perfect text, or even all the preferable readings, its operation, so far as it
went, seemed likely to be attended with the least perplexity or doubt."
Rev. J. W. Morton, in the Introduction to his revision of John, ste-
reotyped in 1855, says :
" Bagster and Sons' octavo edition of 1851, with known errors corrected, is the
standard Greek text." " As it is the desire of the A. B. Union, that known errors
In the text, that is made the basis of their operations, should be corrected. I have
conceived it to be nay duty carefully to compare the results of the labors of the
various critics, who have produced new and corrected editions of the Greek."
" The reviser is left to judge, from the best light he can obtain, what are known,
errors. This discretionary power has occasioned no small difficulty in the prosecu-
tion of this work. I suppose a known error may be denned to be any reading which
the reviser may feel perfectly satisfied, from the evidences before him, is not in
accordance with the autograph of the first penman. But here a difficult question
presents itself. How shall the reviser make up his mind, in relation to a proposed
reading ? There are several ways in which this might be done : 1. By examining
for himself all the original sources of evidence. This, in the present instance, no
reasonable person could expect. * * * 2. By adopting those emenda-
tions, in which all the learned editors agree, and rejecting all others. This plan is
certainly very simple, and convenient, and its adoption would relieve one of a
great load of responsibility ; but I have not seen my way quite clear to adopt it,
for the following reasons: (1.) Because, if unanimity be the object sought after, it
is by no means attained in this way ; since, not only ^till but Stephens, and in most
cases. Erasmus, Beza, and the editors of the Elzevir and Complutensian editions,
are disregarded in the application of this rule ; for these all substantially agree,
except in the Apocalypse, of which the Complutensian and earlier Erasmian copies
are known to differ. Now. here is quite an array of learned names substantially
sustaining the readings of the teztus rcceptus. The readings of that copy are also
sustained by a limited number of inferior manuscripts. Who, then, shall say that
any definite 'number of names shall suffice to set their authority aside? Certainly,
absolute unanimity caanot be claimed in. favor of even a single reading differing
from the received text. (2.) Because, in carrying out this plan consistently it would
be impossible to make any emendation whatever ; for there is scarcely a reading
of the received text that is not supported by one or more learned names. * * *
If, then, any important use is to be made of the labors of scholars in the depart-
ment of textual criticism, for the last two hundred years, it seems necessary to
adopt some more liberal rule than this. (3.) By adopting those emendations only
which are recommended by scholars enjoying superior facilities for arriving at^a
just conclusion. This is, no doubt, the foundation on which the preceding rule is
based. * * * I have, therefore, been governed by the following rules, in
determining the state of the text. 1. I have not ventured to entertain a doubt as
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to the genuineness of a reading, which may have been impugned by only a single
critic ; neither would I, in any case, recommend the adoption of a mere conjectural
emendation, however plausible. 2. When a majority of the leading editors, inclu-
ding the more recent ones, have decided in favor of a reading, I recommend its adop-
tion, unless 1 can discover some pretty strong internal evidence against it. 3.
When a respectable number of the more recent editors, especially of those who are known
to favor the Alexandrine Recension, agree in adopting a reading, I have endeav-
ored to examine the evidence, both external and internal, for and against it, and
have decided accordingly."
Thus Messrs. Lillie and Morton have undertaken to revise the Greek
text, but not agreeing in their principles of recension, they of course
arrive at different results ; each one making a text, which the other
would not use ; and both together producing parts of a revised version,
which no amount of skill or scholarship can possibly harmonize. They
agree that there are, in the received text, " known errors," which they
are required to correct. They agree also that the recognition of such
" known errors " is attended with " no small difficulty." For Dr. Lillie
acknowledges that the most simple and satisfactory test that he could
think of, " would no more than any other secure a perfect text, or even
all the preferable readings." ; And Mr. Morton, considering that " the
reviser is left to judge from the best light he can obtain," what are
" known errors," confesses that " this discretionary power has occasioned
no small difficulty in the prosecution of this work ; " and that how a
reviser shall " make up his mind, as to a proposed reading," is " a diffi-
cult question." But as to the test of " known errors," these revisers do
not agree. Mr. Morton follows the judgment " of a respectable number of
the more recent editors ; " " adopting those emendations only which are
recommended by scholars enjoying superior facilities for arriving at. a
just conclusion." Dr. Lillie takes the general consent of the critical editors
for the last hundred years. And at the last meeting of the Bible Union,
the test proposed by Dr. Lillie was sanctioned and established as the
rule of that Institution. -
Now the present position of the Bible Union, and its revisers, in rela-
tion to the Greek text, if persisted in, must destroy all ground of confi-
dence in the revision work of that Institution. For, to say nothing of
the original design, as having been abandoned, the principle upon which
the new Greek text is to be formed, is radically icrong and egregiously
defective. If it were right, why was it never discovered and adopted
before ? Why did not Sholz, or Lachraan, or Tichendorf, or Tregelles,
take " the general consent of the critical editors for the last hundred
years," as " the test of known errors ?" For the obvious reason, admit-
ted by Dr. Lillie, that such a test " would no more than any other
secure a perfect text, or even all the preferable readings." Every com-
petent scholar knows that the general consent of any given number of
critical editors, whose principles of recension so widely differ, is no cer-
tain criterion of the genuineness or spuriousness of any questionable
reading. And who does not see that a test for the detection of "known
errors" in the received Greek text, which excludes from all considera-
tion the learning bestowed upon that text in the seventeenth century
by such men as Walton Castell, Clarke, Thorndike, Pococke and
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Greaves men -who rose to the zenith of the world's literature, and
culminated in the noonday effulgence of classic and oriental lore a test
which blots into oblivion that monument of the immortal Millj ^whieh/'
gays Butler, ".formed a new era in biblical criticism ;" together, with the
justly celebrated work of the pious Bengel, and all the critical labors
of the world-renowned scholar of Amsterdam, whose collation Mlchaeh's,
though the avowed enemy of Wetstein, pronounces "of all editions^of
the Greek Testament, the most important and the most necessary to
those who are engaged in sacred criticism ;" and which the celebrated
translator of Michaelis denominates the- "invaluable book "-who does
not know that such a test, as a principle of recension, can never com-
mand the confidence or respect of illiterate men of sense, much less of
critical scholars ? and that the version which rests upon such a recen-
sion must be discarded as incongruous patch-work ? :
. ' ~ T '-." '
.In this I pass no judgment upon the " received text." I only say that
for reasons which seemed sufficient at the time, the text as critically
edited and published by Bagster and Sons in 1851, was originally select-
ed to be used by revisers of the Bible Union, without alteration by
them, as the standard of a revised version ;' that, if that text came to
be regarded, as the Revision Association pronounces it, adulterated
with "the grossest corruption," and consequently unfit to be used, with-
out alteration, the only safe course was to substitute some other edition ;
such as Sholz's, Lachmann's^ or Tichendorf's, or .else to employ some com-
petent scholar -or scholars to make a new, independent collation from
original sources ; and finally, that, by adopting such an erroneous and
defective test for the admission and rejection of various readings, and
assigning this most difficult and dangerous work of biblical incorporation
and evisceration to men unskilled, and, to a great extent, unread; in the
archeology of sacred literature, the American Bible Union has really
unsettled the only possible foundation of a revised version of ; the Holy
Scriptures, in the English or any other language. For no version can
stand upon a text which has been mutilated and amended by the revis-- >
ers of the Bible Union, on the hitherto unheard-of ; principle of recension-
recently adopted by that Institution.
The scholarship employed by the, Bilk Ifnion has leen unconscionably
exaggerated. : ^
As to the number of revisers employed by the Union, Dr. Maclay says
he had understood from the Secretary, that " about forty were actually f
engaged in translating the New Testament.": The officers, in their reply*
testify that, ; : "^
"The Secretary's statement was, that more than twenty responsible persons had
been directly engaged by the American Bible Union, jn the revision of the ^Eng-
lish Scriptures, and that, with those whom they engaged on our suggestion, the
number was between thirty and forty. Statements to this import have beefl fre-
quently made by him, both in print and in letters," " Stronger announcements
than these have never been made by the Secretary, or any other officer of the
Union, BO far as known to us, and the facts fully warrant these." . ,..;..
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And the Committee of Investigation* declare that,
"Upon a careful examination, the Committee cannot find that the statement was
ever made officially, that ' about forty ' scholars were actually engaged in the work
of revising the New Testament."
As this is one of the points which the Committee of Investigation
distinguish as having been subjected to a " careful examination," the
erroneous result at which they arrived in this case, will show how little
reliance can be safely placed upon the sum total of their findings.
In the Bible Union Reporter for January, 1854, is an official paper,
purporting to be an Address of the Board, signed by the President and
Secretary of the American Bible Union, in which it is said with exclusive
reference, to "the revision of ike English Scriptures," that,
" The number of scholars actually engaged in the service of the Union does not
vary far from forty." " In none of the above numbers do we embrace those schol-
ars (of whom there are many), that render collateral aid."
In the Annual Report of the New York Bible Union, for 1854, as fur-
nished in the Corresponding Secretary's oivn hand-writing, over his official
signature, and published in the New York Chronicle, it is said with ref-
erence to the Bible Union :
" The number of revisers and translators employed is nearly fifty, holding their
ecclesiastical connections in at least eight different denominations."
In an official document of the Bible Revision Association, of which
Dr. Lynd was President at the time of its publication, some time pre-
vious to his writing the Report for the Committee of Investigation, it is
said of the Bible Union :
" It has called to the work of revising the Holy Scrip lures/or*/ of the best Hebrew
and Greek scholars that could be found in Europe and America. If there are any better
scholars than those employed by the Bible Union, no amount of honest and assid-
uous effort on the part of that Association has enabled it to hear of them. Ten
different sects have contributed the forty scholars to the great work of revising the
Holy Scriptures. Not one of these forty was engaged on account of his special sec-
tarianism, but solely on account of his well-ascertained position in acquirements
and ability, and for fidelity to the Holy Spirit in faithfully transferring the ideas
uttered by inspiration in Hebrew and Greek, from those languages into the Eng-
lish tongue." " In addition to the high scholarship we have named as engaged in
promoting the objects of the Bible Union, there are over three hundred critics, in
England and America, engaged by the Union, for the purpose of guaranteeing the
fidelity of the translators." " Each book revised has not only to pass the inspec-
tion of all the scholars engaged on the other books, but has to be examined by
each of the critics, before it goes to press."
The above statements were all " made officially," and published in
documents, of which no Committee of Investigation, qualified for the
* Messrs. S. "W. Lynd, D. P. Henderson, W. B.Maxson, R. Powell, E. James, T.K,
Potter, A. Pierce, A. Parker, T.Swaim, and J.Taylor.
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task assigned to them, and accepted by them, and honorably acquitted
of their responsibility by a faithful discharge of their duties, could be
by any means ignorant. And how men, having any proper regard for
truth, could, in the face of these documents, profess to have made " a
careful examination," and upon that give the public to understand that
the statement .that, " about forty scholars were actually engaged in the
work of revising the New Testament," was never " made officially," is
more than I can understand. It is what I did not expect from such men
as Lynd, Pierce, Powell, James and Swaim, however interested and ex
parte the Committee might be, on which they were acting.
Again, the Committee of Investigation cite the following statement,
made by Mr. Wyckoff in 1854 :
""Written contracts have been made with more than twenty scholars, and many
of these, in compliance with the stipulations, have made engagements with others
to work with them, so that the number of scholars actually engaged ia the service
of the Union does not vary far from forty."
Then the Committee further aver that,
" This statement corresponds with the fact of appointments."
Let it be observed, that in this statement Mr. "Wyckoff alleges nothing
more nor less than that " the number of scholars actually engaged in the
service of the Union [as independent revisers] does not vary far from
forty ;" for he immediately adds, that, " In none of the above numbers
do we embrace those scholars (of whom there are many), that render
collateral aid." Whether " this statement corresponds with the fact of
appointments," as it is authoritatively asserted by the Committee of In-
vestigation, the public will be most accurately informed by a certified
list of those appointments.
For reasons which seemed good to the original managers of the Bible
Union, it was understood, that during the progress of the work of revis-
ion, the names of all the revisers without distinction, should be kept
secret. But recently this understanding has been violated. The names
of Forsyth, Boys, Lillie, Conant, Morton, and Schaff, have been paraded
upon the pages of official documents, as examples of all the revisers em-
ployed by the Union. After all this, it is right for me to give the entire
list, and it is right that the public should have it, that they may know
for themselves just how many are engaged in the work ; whether they
are all equal to the samples shown ; whether the Bible Union is fairly
entitled to the credit of employing " forty of the best Hebrew and Greek
scholars that could be found in Europe and America," with " over three
hundred critics " in addition. To avoid all disputes and doubts as to
the correctness of this list, I shall give it in the exact language of an
officer of the Bible Union, who made it out complete for Dr. Maclay,
about the 1st of March, 1856, as follows :
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REVISERS OF THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION.
DATES OF THEIR APPOINTMENT, COMPENSATION, &c.,
FROM THE RECORDS.
By C. A. Buckbee, Assistant Treasurer.
* REV, WM. NORTON, October 1st, 1851. To superintend the revision In England.
Under his superintendence the New Testament has been revised, the MSS. trans-
mitted, and is now at the Rooms ; and all English revisers paid in full 54,546 96.
(t) REV. WM. NORTON, and REV. WM. H. MARCH D.D., President Stepney Col-
lege, England, January 7th, 1852, Matthew and Mark, conjointly. Nothing done
under this arrangement.
1. REV. WM. PEECHEY,A.M, Mch. 3d. Matthew, Mark, Philippians. James, 1st &2d
Peter, 1st, 2d, & 3rd John, for $375, and expenses. Feb'y- 2d, 1853, time extend-
ed, and compensation, increased, $181,50. All done, in MSS. at the Rooms. Paid
in full, by W. Norton.
2. REV. Jos. ANGUS, M.A., M.R.A.S., President Stepney College, England, 1852.
Luke, Romans, John. Philemon, Jude, for $375 (and expenses, April 7, ; 52), Feb.
2d, 1853, $181,50 added, and time extended. All done. MSS. at the Rooms.
Paid in full, by Wm. Norton.
3. REV. T. J. GRAY. D.D., Ph. D., Classical Instructor, Stepney Coll., March 3, '52.
Acts, 1st & 2d Thessalonians, Galatians, 1st & 2d Timothy, Hebrews, for $375,
and expenses, April 7, 1853. Feb. 2d, $181,50 added, and time extended. All
done. MSS. at Rooms. Paid for by Wm. Norton.
4. REV. T. BOYS, REV. A. S. THELWAUL, May 4th, 1853, Mark for 27.10 each.
April 4th, 1855, John done for 36.10. MSS. at the Rooms, Luke agreed for
on the same terms, with ThelwalL
5. REV. FRANCIS CLOWES, M.A., late Classical Instructor in Bradford College,
March 3d, 1852, 1st & 2d Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, Titus, Revelations,
for $375, and expenses, April 7, 1853. Feb. 2d, $181,50 added, and time extend-
ed. All done, and paid for, by Wm. Norton. MSS. at Rooms.
(f) PROP. F. W. GOTCH, England, April 7th, 1852 ; to assist the English revisers
in any desirable way consistent with the terms of agreement with them, at an ex-
pense not to exceed 75. Nothing done.
() REV. MR. PATTERSON, D.D., Glasgow, per Dr. Maclay, Dec. 6, 1854 ; critical
suggestions on the New Testament, for $101,84.
(t) REV. J. L. DAGO, D.D., President Mercer University, Ga., Feb. 2d, Hebrews.
The work was commenced, but discontinued for want of health. No charge.
(t) PROF. J. M. CRAWFORD, Penfield.'Ga., Feb. 2tL Dr. Dagg requested to obtain
the assistance of Prof. C. Nothing done.
6. REV. PROF. N. N. WHITING, Feb. 2d, 1-852, Ephesians. Done hurriedly. MSS.
at the Rooms. $20. April 6th, 1854. To verify authorities cited by revisers,
correct errors, give his own views on proposed changes, read proofs, and aid the
revisers in every needed way, for $2 per day, four days per week, $711.98. Feb. 7,
1855, Ephesians, as more thoroughly done by Prof. Whiting, is ordered to be put
to press, under direction of the officers. It is stereotyped in 8vo plates. Feb.
7, 1855, Hebrewa All MSS. revisions of Hebrews committed to Prof. Whiting
to prepare for the press.
(t) REV. JOHN LILLIE. D.D., REV. JAMES LILLIE, M.D., D.D., REV. MR. McCLiN-
TOCK, D.D., President, Feb. 7th, 1852. Messrs. Lillie requested to associate with
them Dr. McClintock in revising 1st, 2d, & 3d John and Revelation. Nothing
done under this arrangement.
* * Agent f Appointed as revisers or assistants, and declined. Examiner.
Comparer. Hebrew editor.
68 A KEVIEW OP THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION.
(f) REV. JOHN LTLLIE,D.D., RET. JAMES LTLLIE, M.D., D.D., March 3d, 1st & 2d
Timothy, James, Titus, 1st & 2d Peter, Philemon, 1st, 2d, & 3d John, Hebrews,
Jude, Revelation, for $1000 each. Nothing done conjointly by Messrs. Lillie.
But each worked separately, as follows :
7. REV. JAMES LILLIE, M.D., D.D., March 3d, 1st & 2d Timothy, Titus, Phile-
mon, Hebrews, James, 1st Peter. June 1st, 1853, $1000 for work done to May
1st, 1853, and $200 for May and June, 1853. July 6th, $100 per month for
his exclusive labors on the parts assigned. June 7th, 1854, $250 allowed for
half the time during five months spent by him in completing his part of the
work ; $1,650. His work is in MSS. at the Rooms.
8. REV. JOHN LILLIE, D.D., New York, March 3d, 1852, 2d Peter, Jude, 1st, 2d
& 3d John, and Revelation, for $1000 the job. Sept. 29th, 1st & 2d Thessa-
lonians, transferred from Prof. Duncan. June 2d, 1852, 2d Peter and Jude
done and ready for examination by other revisers. June 20, 1852, 150 copies of
2d Peter and Jude to be printed with the Greek text, old version and revision,
with authorities on the same page. July 30, 1st, 2d, & 3d John to be printed
with 2d Peter and Jude. Sept. 29, 1852, one copy of Lillie's revision to be fur-
nished to each reviser of the Board. 1st & 2d Thessalonians transferred from
Prof Duncan, of New Orleans. Nov. 1st, 1852, engaged for $1,600 per annum
to May 1st, 1853, from the time he gave up his church for the Union. To give
any assistance needed in examining revisions, reading proofs, &c. Feb. 2d, 1853,
engaged from May 1st, 1853, to May 1st, 1854, for a salary of $1,800. March 2,
1853, a sufficient number of John Lillie's revision ordered printed, 1st, For schol-
ars to examine and criticise. 2d, For friends, for a reasonable price. 3d, To be
used in promoting the interest of the Union. March 1st, 1854, re-engaged to May
1st, 1855, for a salary of $2000 from May 1st. June 7, allowed to remit his la-
bors three months, to visit England. June 20th, '55, 1st Peter ; the MSS. of
James Lillie referred to John Lillie : requested to revise the book.
9. Faculty of Madison University, Hamilton, N.Y. REV. GEO. "VV. EATON, D.D.,
REV. PROF. E. S. GALLUP, A.M., REV. S. W. TAYLOB, LL.D., President. May 5th,
1852. Philippians and Colossians. Work in hands. No information respecting its
10. Faculty of Shurtliff College, Upper Alton, 111. Prof. E. ADKINS, May 5th, '52,
Romans. June 20th, 1855 ; If Prof. Adkins can give his entire time, he shall
receive not less than from his Professorship. Also, if he can arrange to complete
Romans at the Rooms, the Board agree to pay the additional expense to which he
shall thereby be subjected. Dec. 15th, Prof. A. commenced work at the Bible
Rooms. Feb. 6th, 1856, $200 ordered for work previous to Dec. 15th, 1855. Sala-
ry fixed at $1,200 per annum. Now at the Rooms. .
11. Faculty of the University of the State of Missouri, Rev. JAMES SHANNON, LL.D.,
President. Feb. 7th, 1852, Luke. Nothing definitely known. It is believed that
nothing is done.
12. Faculty of Bethany College, Virginia. Eld. ALEX. CAMPBELL, President ; Prof.
U. K. Pendleton, Prof. Ross. Feb. 7th, 1852, Acts. March 7th, 1855 ; completed
in part. Ordered to be published with John, under the direction and approval of
the Version Committee, when ready for printing. April 4th, compensation to A.
Campbell, $1000. Sept. 5th, ordered to be published immediately, Drs. Baker and
Shepard to read proofs, &c.
13. Faculty of the Western Theological Inst., Covington, Ky. Rev. S. W. LTND,
D.D., President. Rev. Prof. Asa Drury. May 5th, 1852, Galatians. The work
being completed, was requested from Dr. Lynd. The MSS. is at the Rooms. Not
to be published without his consent.
(t) Faculty of Louisiana University, at New Orleans. Prof. W. C. DCNCAN, A.M.
May 5th, 1852, 1st & 2d Thessalonians. Nothing. Sept. 29th, 1st & 2d Corinth-
ians. The work was commenced. Prof. D.'s health being feeble, the work is sus-
pended, at least, if not given up entirely.
() Rev. HosEA HOWARD, returned Missionary from Burmah. May 5th, 1852.
To make a critical comparison between Judson's Burman version and the common
English version, note the differences, and translate literally the Burman words and
phrases, where the meaning varies from that of the common English version in the
Wew Testament. June 20th, 1855, $100 for the job, as agreed for by Committee
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on Versions. Confirmed by the Board. The work is done ; i. e., the New Testa-
ment entire, and paid for in full.
14. Faculty of De Ruyter Institute. Rev. J.W. MORTON. July 7th, 1852, Matthew.
Terms to be arranged in personal conversation. Nothing done. Sept. 29th, Luke
for $500 the job. Nothing done on Luke. But April 6th, 1854, Resolved, to add
$250 to the original contract with Prof. M., when he shall have delivered his MSS.
revision of John to the Version Committee satisfactorily done. July 5th, revision
of John by Prof. M. to be published. July 26th, Prof. Morton continued as a revi-
ser at $1000 per annum. 1st & 2d Corinthians assigned to him. John is stereo-
typed, and Prof. M. is on Corinthians at the Rooms.
(t) RKV. 0. B. JUDD, LL.D., New York. Rev. D. R. CAMPBELL, LL.D., Sept.
29th, 1852. Matthew and Mark conjointly. Nothing done by cither under this
appointment. Dr. Campbell declined for want of time.
15. REV. 0. B. JUDD, LL.D., Nov. 3d, 1852, Matthew, S1000 tlie job. May,
1854, the Committee on Versions authorized to arrange with 0. B. Judd for $1,-
500 per annum (not more), to devote his time exclusively to the business of revis-
ion and the passing of parts through the press as they shall severally be pre-
pared. July 26th, 1854, Resolved, to authorize the publication of Matthew as soon
as it is prepared for the press. Two chapters published. First three chapters
16. Rev. PHILIP SCHAFF, D.D., President of Mcrcersburg University, Pa. Feb. 2,
1853. Romans, for $400. Done. MSS. at the Rooms. Paid.
(t) Rev. A. C. KENDRICK, D.D., Prof, of Greek in Rochester University, N. Y.
Nov. 2, 1853, Romans for $800. Nothing done. Dec. 7th, declined.
17. EDWARD MATCRIN, ESQ., Nov. 2d, 1853. Dec. 7th, Mark, for $1,000 per ann.
Matthew ; by mutual consent, Mr. Maturin spent six months on Matthew, with the
understanding that the reviser of Matthew should give similar aid on Mark. He
was paid while laboring on Matthew, $500. Mark "has been revised once. The
notes are now being arranged for the English reader. Completed to 9th chapter.
Paid on Mark, $1,111,15.
18. Rev. WM. P. STRICKLAND, D.D., Cincinnati. O., Author of History of Amer-
ican Bible Society. Nov. 1st, 1854, Colossians. Feb. 7th. 1855, done, and ordered
to be paid $200. Sept. 5th, requested to complete Colossians at the Rooms, for
$1,500 per annum and travelling expenses to and from New York. Commenced
services under contract. Now at the Rooms.
19. Rev. S. E. SHEPARD, New York. Nov. 1st. 1854, Philippians, for $3 per day.
Nov. 7th, 1855, $1,400 per annum from Nov. 1st. 1855. To superintend the pub-
lication of Acts in connection with Dr. Baker. Dr. Shepard is at the Rooms.
20. Rev. JOHN FORSYTH, D.D., President of the Newbiirgh Theolog. Inst., N. Y.
May 7th, 1855, Ephesians, $300 for the job. Done. JISS. at the Rooms.
21. Rev. JOSEPH MUEJCSCHER, D.D., Jubilee College. Sept. 26th, 1855, Luke,
for $1,400 per annum. Now at the Rooms. Commenced Jan. 1st, 1856.
22. Rev. T. J. CONANT, D.D., Prof, of Heb., &c., at Rochester University. July
18th, 1853. To translate Old Testament, accompanied with explanatory notes ;
reserving two hours per day. To be printed with full philological and explanatory
notes, for examination by other scholars. Their criticisms to be carefully examin-
ed before preparing final copy. Salary $2,000 per annum. If the two hours are
relinquished, by consent of the Board, the salary thus relinquished shall be added
to Dr. C. by the Union. After Psalms, the Prophets, and Job, are critically com-
pleted, if the Board desire it, a more hasty revision of the rest of the Old Testa-
ment will be given, before proceeding to a more thorough correction of the prin-
cipal errors of the common version. To publish with or without notes, according
to demand. The Board agrees to give widest possible circulation to each part, and
to pay two per cent, for the revision with notes. Compact can be annulled by
one year's previous notice. In any case, the work to be completed in twelve years,
i. e., by July, 1865. $1.300 advanced.
() February 1st, 1854, Dr. Conant authorized to employ the distinguished
Hebraist of Germany, Prof. RODIGER, of whom he writes, to prepare for the Am.
Bible Union a corrected text of Job, on as reasonable terms as possible. June 7.
A correct text of Psalms authorized, by Dr. Rodiger, through Prof. Conant, for
$400. Not over. First issue of Job to contain Hebrew, common version and re-
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vision, with notes, arranged as Dr. Conant may prefer. The revised version to be
arranged in paragraphs and notes for the English reader. Of the amount ad-
vanced to Dr. Conant, there remains still to be paid ^33.33 per month), $167,59.
The above was taken from the records of the Board of the Bible
Union, by the acting Secretary, Rev. C. A. Buckbee, for the President,
Eev. A. Maclay, D.D., about the first of March, 1856, as a complete list
of the revisers of the Bible Union, together with those employed to
render " collateral aid." Except the numeral figures, and the indices,
which I have placed in the margin to facilitate examinations, the list is
given exactly as I have it, in the handwriting of the Secretary. In
some cases, the appointment is made formally to embrace the Faculty of
a University or College. But in no such case, so far as I know, has
there been more than one actually at work, independently or conjointly,
in the same Institution, as revisers of the Bible Union. And Mr. Wyc-
koff, in giving the number of those " actually engaged in the service of
the Union," as revisers, which he says " does not vary far from forty,"
states distinctly, that, in this number he " does not embrace those (of
whom there are many), that furnish collateral aid"
Some of the official statements which have been made concerning the
number of scholars employed by the Bible Union to revise the transla-
tion of the Scriptures, have already been given. One was officially made
and published by the Revision Association, of which Dr. Lynd is Pres-
ident, declaring that the Bible Union has employed in this work, "forty
of Ike. lest Hebrew and Greek scholars tliat could be found in Europe and
America, with " over three hundred critics in England and America," to
guarantee the fidelity of the translators, " each book revised having not
only to pass the inspection of the scholars engaged on the other books,
but to be examined by each of the [over 300] critics, before it goes to
A complete list of the revisers and their collateral aids, as certified
by the Secretary from the Records of the Board, has also been given.
To these I will now add the following imposing declaration of Messrs.
Lynd, Pierce, Powell, Swaim, and others, members of the Committee
of Investigation, who say :
" In this minute and. protracted investigation, we find that there is no discrepancy what-
ever between the official statements concerning the number of revisers, and the
Nothing remains, but a simple comparison of this alleged finding of
the Committee, with the foregoing "official statements," and certified
"facts," to impress every impartial, candid reader, with a painful sense
of human depravity, and to satisfy him that no reliance whatever can
be safely placed upon the most solemn declarations of that Committee,
in the matter of its investigation into the affairs of the Bible Union.
It gives me no pleasure to arrive at this conclusion ; but when such grave
misstatements are made by men of reputation, under circumstances so
well calculated to mislead a confiding public, the duty of exposing such
misstatements in the light of truth, is rendered only the more imperative
by the imposing prestige of their personal influence and official station.
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As to the competency of the men employed by the Bible Union, as
revisers, Dr. Maclay says : " Some of them unquestionably lacked the
essential qualifications of a translator." But the Committee of Investi-
gation " unanimously agreed that the charge of iucompetency was not
sustained." And the Revision Association, of which Dr. Lynd, the
chairman of the Committee of Investigation, is President, ranks them
all alike, as " the lest Hebrew and Greek scholars that could le found in
Europe, and America." Having given the entire list of these revisers,
I would leave the public to judge of their qualifications, without any fur-
ther evidence on the subject, had I not been publicly charged, by the
officers of the Bible Union, with unreasonable opposition to the re-
appointment of Eld. S. E. Shepard. Under these circumstances, it be-
comes my duty to add some more particular testimony on this point.
I have no personal controversy with Mr. Shepard. In my letter to
the New York Times, 1 stated briefly the ground of my opposition to his
reappointment, as a reviser, upon which he publishes a pamphlet of
fifteen pages, styling himself, "Dr. Shepard," and complaining of me for
calling him " Elder," instead of " Doctor," thus :
" He knew that I was not an ' Elder,' and that I disclaimed the title ; " "as he
wished to disparage my scholarship, and the term ' Elder ' has no connection with
scholarship, he chose that title in preference to that by which I am designated by
my acquaintances generally."
I did know that Mr. Shepard was^commonly called "Doctor" on ac-
count of his profession and practice^)!, hojaoaopathy ; and, although I
had understood that no such "degree was eveFconferred upon him by
any legitimate authority, I should probably have called him " Dr. Shep-
ard," had I been speaking of him in any other connection. But I
thought the application of that title to him, as a reviser, would convey
the erroneous impression, that he was either a Doctor of Divinity or a
Doctor of Laws, which I wished to avoid, as unjust to him, and to every
body else. I did not know that he " was not an 'Elder,' " or that he
"disclaimed the title." I am sure it is the title commonly applied to
ministers of the Campbellite connection ; and in the Bible Union Re-
porter, Quarterly, published February, 1856, some months before my
letter appeared, and in the same periodical for February, 1851, months
after his complaints, his name is printed in the official catalogue of Life
Directors of the Bible Union, " Eld. S. E. Shepard." So that his com-
plaint against me on this point, is not only frivolous, but groundless. I
will only add, in relation to the contents of Mr. Shepard's pamphlet, that
whatever interested persons may affirm to the contrary, I never expressed
nor entertained an opinion that he was qualified to translate indepen-
dently any portion of the Holy Scriptures ; nor did I ever recommend
his employment, as a reviser of the Bible Union. He was first set to
work on Philippians, by the Secretary, without any authority from the
Board or the Committee on Versions ; and he was afterwards appointed,
and re-appointed, through the influence of the same officer ; with a view,
as I have good reason to believe, of obtaining more money from the
people of his ecclsiastical connection. But if I had favored his original
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employment, I could not have voted for his re-appointment ; for then I
was more than ever before convinced of his incompeteucy ; and the
grounds of that conviction. I will now state.
For more than a year, Mr. Shepard had been conducting a periodical,
called " The Reviser," edited in the Rooms of the Bible TJnion, and is-
sued as if under the wing of that Institution. This alone contained
evidence enough to satisfy me of his incompetency to translate the Scrip-
tures. And I think a few specimen extracts from that work will satisfy
every candid reader of the same thing. The following shows his ability
as a writer :
" What language the Infinite employed -when he commanded Nonentity to bring
forth, and a world was born when the infant world slept in the darkness of an-
cient Night, and nought was heard by seraphs' ears but the breath of the Eternal,
as it passed over the slumbering mass, separated land from water, and invested
both with seeds of all inferior things what speech he used, when, by the power of
his almighty fiat, he caused eternal darkness itself to scintillate, until blending
sparks of virgin light produced the early twilight of the first-born day or what
were the signs of thought by which he vocalized the grand purpose of man's cre-
ation to his co-operatives, we know not." p. 5.
" The angel herald neared the summit of the mountain to proclaim the approach-
ing Divinity, until in the midst of the dense electric cloud, now dark as the very
blackness of darkness itself, now blazing to the heavens, he sounded the fortissimo
for the concert of the elements." p. 45.
These are fair specimens of Mr. Shepard's most elaborate style of
thought and expression ; and they show to any person of correct taste,
that, however many other qualifications he might have, his customary
use or abuse of the English language would disqualify him to make a
chaste translation of the Sacred Writings. He whose most successful
attempts at eloquence carry him a step beyond the sublime, is not com-
petent to clothe anew the thoughts of inspired penmen.
The following are specimens of the outlandish words and phrases with
which Mr. Shepard's writings abound :
" The use of ' unto,' in such instances, instead of ' to,' is to me objectional."
" 'Ye,' instead of ' you,' is also objectional." p. 42. "In the succeedent context."
" Being determined on resurrecting these sages." p. 55. " these obliviated
translators." " these paragonic scholars." p. 56.
" There was not in the use of this verb any distinction of masculinity or feminin-
ity." p. 218. " demonical " " d&nonahties." p. 301. With many more words
and phrases equally barbarous.
" I have no special reason to complain of Mr. Judd's treatment of me, which
might not be plead by others." Rev. Ex., p. 12.
Such a free use of words, not authorized by standard writers, betrays
either an ignorance or an independence of the laws of language, which,
in my judgment, disqualifies the person so using them, to translate the
word of God. The following are some of Mr. Shepard's most learned
He has twice rendered tfirfrsusTs, a verb in the present tense, John 3;
12, by " did believe," pp. 300, 303.
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Again, he says : "en (sv) governing plurals, is often, if w>t always,
better rendered ' among.' " p. 304.
According to this rule, Rom. 2:15 would be " better rejulcred " thus :
"Which show the work of the law written among their hearts ; " and
numerous other improvements like this would be made in the common
Again, he says : " The kingdom of heaven is compared to a little
leaven which a woman hid in a sala (c^-a) bushel of meal ; " p. 258 ;
which displays the same knowledge of Greek, as a foreigner would ex-
hibit of English by telling us something about a gccsc.
No one who is capable of making such unscholarlike mistakes as these
is competent to handle the inspired text for any purpose whatever.
The following extracts furnish an index to some of Mr. Shepard's pe-
culiar views of the Christian church, and the kingdom of Christ :
" Democracy in religion is treason against God. It is the sepulchre of rottenness
from which have arisen all the poisonous exhalations which have contributed to
the universal epidemic which now prevails through all Christendom." "A demo-
cratic church is an anti-Christian association." " The Scotch Baptists have given us a
fine demonstration of a democratic religion. They have persisted in their course
for many years, with all the firmness characteristic of their everlasting ' highlands,'
without approximating the apostolic order. But what have they done for the con-
version of the world nay, for the conversion of their own nation ! They have
organized themselves and met they have met and wrangled ; and wrangled and
divided ; and subdivided, till they have little or no influence where they meet.
They hold that a church can organize itself, ordain its own officers, and govern
itself." " The notion of a democratic religion and the independence of churches, has
led to electioneering, strifes, voting, disorganizing and scandal to the Christian
cause. Members of the same church have separated into two distinct and hostile
churches. Members have been expelled from one church, and received into ano-
ther ' of the same faith,' without making any satisfaction for their offences. If
the laws of Christ relative to the discipline of members of churches, had been re-
garded, such instances of folly, and shame could never have occurred. According
to the laws of his kingdom the apostles were subordinate to him the evangelists
to the apostles the elders and ministers to the evangelists and the congregations
to the elders and ministers. If the members could not agree, they could refer
their matter to their elders and ministers ; if they did them injustice, they could
accuse them, on two or three witnesses, before the evangelists ; and if the accusa-
tion was sustained, the evangelists should rebuke them before all, that others might
fear." pp. 263, 264. "There is not a democrat among all the heavenly messen-
gers ; there was not a democrat in the kingdom of heaven." p. 262.
The following, published in the New York Times, October 18th,
1856, touching the "aristocracy," and other castes of the kingdom
of heaven, bears on the same point :
"Religious Notice. Dr. S. E. SHEPARD will commence a series of Four Dis-
courses TO-MORROW (Sunday) MORXTXG, in the Disciples Meeting House, in 17th-
st., near 6th-av., commencing at 10 o'clock, on the following subjects, viz. :
1. THE KINGDOM OP HEAVEX Viewed Prophetically and Historically. 2. THE
CONSTITUTION AND OFFICIALS THE KlXG, THE ARISTOCRACY, AND SUBORDINATE
OFFICIALS. 3. THE TERRITORY AND CITIZENS. 4. ITS ORIGIN, PROGRESS, AND
No man who, with views so peculiar to himself, cherishes such violent
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prejudices against any sect of orthodox Christians, as Mr. Shepard here
lets loose against the Scotch Baptists ; and who, while occupying a
room in the meeting-house of an independent Baptist church, could, in
that very room, write so contemptuously against " the independence of
churches ; " a doctrine most devoutly believed and preached by the pas-
tor of the same church, can be imbued with that beautiful charity of the
Bible, and that primitive brotherly love, which are so essential to a
faithful translator of the Holy Oracles.
The following extracts show with what unblushing temerity Mr. Shep-
ard stigmatizes, as " false," the most venerable tenets of the Christian
faith, and lays down as indubitably true the most startling dogmas of
modern innovation :
"That article in the Catholic Church, which affirms that Jesus was 'begotten of
the Holy Ghost,' is as/aZse as it is true that he is ' the only -begotten of the
Father.' " p. 90. " If the Holy Spirit had generated Jesus he could not be call-
ed a son of God, but must be called a son of the Holy Syirit. But as we have
elsewhere shown, a holy spirit means the power of God; and therefore he was styled
the son of God." p. 282. '' Jesus was a prophet ' mighty iu deed and word,' and
he wrought in the apostolic ministry, through mighty signs and wonders, by the
power of the spirit of God." p. 43.
He who thus rashly denies that Jesus was begotten of the Holy
Spirit, and by implication asserts that the stupendous miracles which
he wrought, were not the immediate effect of his own power, cannot,
in my judgment, be safely trusted with the translation of God's word.
Again, speaking of the influence of the Holy Spirit on the human heart,
he says :
" I have noticed from the early history of the controversy on the question of
direct, special and independent influence of the Spirit on the hearts of men, that
those persons who contend most strenuously for such an influence, are the most
petulant, quarrelsome, slanderous, and bigoted professors in the circle of my ac-
quaintance." p. 289.
Such an aspersion upon the " direct, special and independent influence
of the Spirit on the hearts of men," seems to me but little, if anything,
short of downright blasphemy ; and indicates a radical unfitness for the
work of biblical translation.
But finally, I submit that the following so-called revisions, made by
Mr. Shepard, demonstrate, beyond all reasonable question, his utter in-
competency to translate the Divine Word :
Common Version. Mr. Shepard's Revision.
Add to your faith virtue ; andtovir- Supplying in his faith fortitude ; in
tue knowledge ; and to knowledge tern- fortitude knowledge ; in knowledge
perance ; and to temperance patience ; self-control ; in self-control patience ;
and to pat ience godliness ; and to god- in patience piety; in pioty brotherly
liness brotherly kindness ; and to bro- kindness ; in brotherly kind/less love,
therly kindness charity. 2 Pet. 1 : 5-7. p. 34.
I think it meet, as long as I am in this I think it right so long as I am in this
tabernacle, to stir you up by putting tabernacle, to thoroughly excite you in
yon in remembrance. 2 Pet. 1 : 13. remembrance. p. 41.
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In whom ye also are builded together
for an habitation of God through the
Spirit. Eph. 2 : 22.
But the blasphemy against the Holy
Ghost shall not be forgiven unto 3en.
Matt. 12 : 31.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the
flesh is weak. Matt. 26 : 41.
Holy men of God spake as they -were
moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Pet. i :
For ye were as sheep going astray ;
but are now returned unto the Shep-
herd and Bishop of your souls. 1 Pet
For your fellowship in the gospel
from the first day until now. Phil. 1 :
if any fellowship of the Spirit.
Phil. 2 : 1.
the fellowship of his sufferings.
Phil. 3 : 10.
But to do good, and to communicate
forget not. Heb. 13 : 16.
that the communication of thy faith
may become effectual. Philem. 6.
The elders which are among you I
exhort, who am also an elder. 1 Pet.
Where two or three are gathered to-
gether in my name. Matt. 18 : 20.
where the disciples were assembled.
John 20 : 19.
If I have told you earthly things, and
ye believe not, how shall ye believe if
I tell you of heavenly things? John
That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the
earth. Phil. 2 : 10.
For we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the'dark-
ness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in highborn. Eph. 6: 12.
Ye call me Master, and Lord : and ye
say well ; for so I am. John 13 : 13.
Exhort servants to be obedient to
their own masters. Tit. 2 : 9.
The book of the generation of Jesus
Christ, the son of David. Matt. 1 : 1.
Is it not the communion of the blood
of Christ. ICor. 10: 16.
The communion of the Holy Ghost
be with you all. 2 Cor. 13 : 14.
Unto me, who am less than the least
of all saints, is this grace given, that
I should preach among the Gentiles the
In whom you also are jointly erected
into a habitation of God in spirit. p.
But this slanderous speaking of the
Spirit is not to be forgiven. p. 111.
Prompt, indeed, the spirit but the
flesh without strength. p 111
Holy men of God spoke as (hey were
moved by a holy spirit p. 131.
For you were as sheep going astray ;
but have now returned to the Shepherd
and Superintendent of your souls. p.
For your partnership in the good-
news from the first day until the pres-
ent. p. 276.
if any partnership of spirit. p.
the partnership of his sufferings.
But of the doing good, and of a part-
nership be not forgetful. p. 277.
that the partnership of thy faith
may come to be energetic. p. 277.
The Elders among you I exhort, who
am a co-elder. p. 279.
Where two or three are synagogued
in my name. p. 286.
where the disciples were syna-
gogued. p. 286.
If I said to you the earthlies, and you
did not believe, how if I say to you
the heaveulies, will you believe? p.
That in the name of Jesus every knee
should bend of heaveulies, and of earth-
lies, and of internals. p. 302.
Struggled not against blood and flesh,
but with the principalities, with the
powers, with the worldly forces of the
darkness of this age, wilh the spirituals
of the badness in the heavenlies. p.
You title me The Teacher, and The
Lord, and you designate well, for I am.
Exhort bond-men to be obedient to
their own masters. p. 47.
A roll of lineage of Jesus Christ, a
son of David. p.~222.
Is it not a partnership of the blood,
of the Anointed? p. 272.
The partnership of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. p. 273.
To me, who am less than the least of
all the consecrated, was this very kind-
ness granted to publith among the
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unsearchable riches of Christ ; And to
make all men see what is the fellowship
of the mystery, which from the begin-
ning of the world hath been hid in God,
who created all things by Jesus Christ :
To the intent that now unto the princi-
palities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the
manifold wisdom of God. Eph. 3 : 8-
Repent ye therefore, and lie convert-
ed, that your sins may be blotted out.
Acts 3 : 19.
Preach the word ; be instant in sea-
son, out of season, 2 Tim. 4 : 2.
Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with
God : But made himself of no reputa-
tion, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness
of men : And being found in fashion as
a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of
the cross. Phil. 2 : 6-8.
And have put on the new man. CoL
For he that soweth to his flesh, shall
of the flesh reap corruption. GaL 6 : 8.
And whosoever will be chief among
you, let him be your servant. Matt.
For the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God. 1 Cor. 2 :
And he gave some, apostles; and
some, prophets ; and some, evangelists ;
and some, pastors and teachers ; For
the perfecting of the saints, for the
work of the ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ. Till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of
the knowledge of the Son of God, unto
a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fulness of Christ. Eph.
And, without controversy, great is the
mystery of godliness : God was mani-
fest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gen-
tiles, believed on in the world, received
up into glory. 1 Tim. 3 : 16.
nations the incomprehensible wealth
of the Anointed ; And to enlighten all
(as to) what is the. partnership of the
mystery which has been hidden away
from the eternity in God. who created
all things through Jesus Christ, that the
great variety of God's wisdom might
now be made known through the con-
gregation, to the principalities, and the
authorities, among the heavenlies. p.
Repent, therefore, and return, in or-
der to the obliterating of your sins.
Announce the word ; be on hand,
conveniently (and) inconveniently. p.
Who, being in God's form, did not
esteem the being like God a robbery 5
yet he divested himself he assumed a
bondman's form he existed in a simil-
itude of men ; and, being found in ap-
pearance as a man, he let himself down
was submissive till death death, in-
deed, by a cross. p. 174.
You have put on the young man. p.
He who sows into the flesh, shall out
of the flesh reap corruption. p. 137.
Whoever will be chief among you,
let him be your bondman. p. 74.
For the Spirit searches all things;
yes, the depths of God. p. 90.
Himself gave indeed the Apostles,
and the Prophets, and the Evangelists,
and the Shepherds and Teachers, for the
adjusting of the consecrated, for a work
of ministry, for building the body of
the Anointed, until we, the whole, come
into the oneness of the faith, and the
thorough knowledge of the Son of God
into a full-grown man into a mea-
sure of a statue of the full measure of
the Anointed. p. 267.
And, without controversy, the secret
of piety is great ; God was manifested
in flesh, justified in spirit, beheld by
angels, proclaimed among nations, be-
lieved on in a world, received up in
glory. p. 137
Of the author of these . revisions, Rev. J. W. Morton, the reviser of
John, in his letter of August 15, 1856, says: "He possesses, I think,
some important qualifications in a higher degree than any other person
with whom I am acquainted. I refer of course to his qualifications as a
reviser. In no one point do I consider him seriously deficient." If this
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opinion can be relied on, Mr. Shepard is equal, if not superior to the
other revisers of the Bible Union, with whom Mr, Morton is acquainted.
And yet it must be evident to every unprejudiced mind, that the man
who could, for any purpose whatever, make and publish such caricatures
of the original Scriptures, as I have cited from the writings of Mr. Shep-
ard, cannot be one of " the best Hebrew and Greek scholars that could
be found in Europe and America," as the revisers of the Bible Union
have been officially styled by the Revision Association, of which Rev. S.
W. Lynd, D. D., is President. One more point will close this chapter,
Mr. Wyckoff, in his summary of the Plan of Revision, says it was the
" As each revision is sent in, to subject it to the inspection of tbe Committee on
Yersions, and if by them judged worthy, to> bare copies taken anil furnished to
all the other revisers."
In his semi-annual Report for 2855, speaking of a reviser, Mr. Wyc-
koff says :
"When his work is finished the manuscript Is submitted to the Board, and re-
ferred to the Committee on Versions, This Committee is required to give it a
careful examination, and not to recommend its printing unless its merits will jus-
tify such an expenditure."
In a Report of the Committee on Versions, adopted by the Board
May 12, 1856, it is said :
" The reputation of the Union requires that we should not put in type and cir-
culate, even among scholars, revisions that will not, in point of scholarship, de-
honor to the Institution."
The Committee of Investigation, in their Report, say :
"The practice of the Committee on Versions, in regard to printing only such re-
visions as may be suitable to put into the hands of the Final Board of Revisers, meets the
full approbation of the Committee of Investigation."
Erorn these official statements the conclusion is inevitable, that a revi-
sion which has been examined by the Committee on Yersions with refer-
ence to printing, and disapproved, must have been adjudged as not having
sufficient merit to justify the expenditure of printing ; as not worthy to
be copied for the examination of other revisers ; as not " suitable to put
into the hands of the Final Board of Revisers ; " as not such as would
" do honor to the Institution." Now, Mr. Wyckoff, in his Annual Report
for 1855, speaking of Mr. Shepard's revision, says :
" The Epistle to the Philippians is ready for examination, to go immediately
to the stereotypers, if approved."
The Committee on Yersions, about the same time, reported to the
Board that this revision had been referred to a sub-committee for exami-
nation ; but it has never been recommended for printing, because it was
not "approved." Here, then, we have the judgment of the Committee
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on V-ersions, that the revision of four chapters, on which Mr. Shepatd
had done his best, aud for which the Bible Union had paid him over
$1,100, is not worth printing, or copying, or putting into the hands of the
final examiners ; and that, if printed, it would not " do honor to the
Institution " for which it was -made.
I have now presented all the evidence that I deem necessary to prove
the incompetency of Mr. S. E. Shepard to translate the Sacred Writings.
It is sufficient, I think, to prove also, that they who pronounced my
opposition to Mi\ Shepard's reappointment unreasonable, knowing his
unfitness for the work, must have had some other object than that defined
in the Constitution of the American Bible "Onion "To procure and cir-
culate the most faithful versions of the Sacred Scriptures." And how the
Committee of Investigation could, "in view of the fads in the case"
unanimously agree that " the charge of incompetency is not sustained,"
I leave for Messrs. Lynd, Powell, James, Swaim, Fierce, Taylor, and
other members of that Committee, to explain. If they have a proper
sense of the responsibility which they assumed in sending forth to an
anxious, confiding public, such a Report, as the result of their own personal
examination, I think they will yet confess, that the findings in which
they so "unanimously agreed," were not made "in view of the fads in
the case." And the officers of a religious society, who can originate or
endorse the statements of the Bible Revision Association, declaring that
the Bible Union *' has called to the work of revising the Holy Scriptures
forty of the best Hebrew and Greek scholars that could be found in
Europe and America ;" and that " if the Bible Union's Board of Revisers
are incompetent, it is because neither Europe nor America can furnish
competent men," as they cannot be ignorant, must be reckless of truth.
Besides what has been said by the officers respecting the number and
qualifications of the Bible Union's revisers, many other groundless state-
ments have been officially made respecting them ; of which I will give
but a single example.
In the Annual Report of the Revision Association for 1855, written
by the Cor. Secretary, JAMES EDMUNDS, and adopted by the Board, and
by the Association, of which Rev. S. W. Lynd, D.D., was President,
in reference to persons engaged in revision for the Bible Union, it is
" Our revisers have, many of them t resigned lucrative employments to engage
in this work."
Now, if there is a particle of truth in this official declaration, I have
been strangely misinformed, in relation to matters of which I am sup-
posed to have a perfect understanding. According to the best of my
knowledge, there are not " many," who have resigned any employment
to engage in the work of revision for the Bible Union ; and there is
not one who has " resigned lucrative employment to engage in this work."
Indeed, I know of no instance, in which any man has, on becoming a
reviser of the Bible Union, given up a greater for a smaller salary. On
the contrary, 1 know of some case';, in which men have been paid much
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higher salaries, as revisers of the Bible Union, than they had ever re-
ceived from any other source. For instance, the highest salary -which
Dr. Conant had ever received, was $1,500 ; but on becoming a reviser 1
of the Bible Union, he relinquished $300, which had been paid him by
the University of Rochester, and received in place of it $2,000 from the
Bible Union, and had it stipulated, in his contract with the Union, that
if he should ever resign his professorship in the Seminary, with the con-
sent of the Bible Union, the remaining $-1,200, thereby relinquished;
should be paid him by the Union ; in which case he is to receive, for
his services as a reviser, $3,200 per annum $1,100 more than he had
ever received in any other employment.
It is in the face of such facts, of which the officers of the Revision
Association cannot be ignorant, that they officially declare to the world,
that " our revises have, many of them, resigned lucrative employments to
engage in this work." There is not one of the officers of that Associa-
tion, who does not know that this declaration is perfectly groundless.
And how any man, with a conscience enlightened, and religiously educa-
ted, could, knowing the facts of the case, write or endorse such a declar
ation, is most unaccountable,
Nearly all the revisers of the Bible Union engaged on the New Tes-
tament, have finished the portions respectively assigned to them.*
Matthew has been revised by Rev. "Wm. Pechey. of England, and by
Rev. O. B. Jndd, of New York ;f Mark, by Rev. Wm. Pechey and Rev.
T. Boys, of England, and Edward Maturin, Esq., of New York, sever-
ally ; Luke, by Rev. J. Angus and Rev. A. S-. Thelwall, of England,
Rev. J. Shannon, of Missouri, and Rev. J. Muenscher, of Ohio, severally;
John, by Rev. J. Angus, Rev. A. S. Thelwall, and Rev. J. W. Morton, |
of New Jersey, severally ; Acts, by Rev. J. T. Gray, of England, and
Alexander Campbell, of Virginia, respectively; Romans, by Rev. J.
A.ngus, Prof. E. Adkins, of Illinois, and Rev. P. Schaff, of Penusylvania f
severally ; 1st & 2d Corinthians, by Rev. F. Clowes, of England, Rev.
J. W. Morton and Eld. S. E. Shepard, of New York or Pennsylvania,
severally ; Galatians, Rev. J. T. Gray and Rev. S. W. Lynd, of Illinois,
respectively ; Ephesians, by Rev. N. Whiting, of Williamsburg, Rev.
F. Clowes, and Rev. John Forsyth, of Newburgh, severally ; Philip-
pians, by Rev. Wm. Pechey, Rev. E. Gallup, of Hamilton, and Eld.
S. E. Shepard, severally ; Colossians, by Rev. F. Clowes, Rev. E. Gal
* Rev. J. W. MORTOX and Eld. S. E. SHEPARD may be still at work on Corintk
ns^ and some on other portions.
f For reasons already explained, only the first three chapters of my work have
been delivered to the Board.
J Mr. Morton's revision of John has been stereotyped since 1854 ; but for good
reasons it has not yet been allowed to see the light. As might be inferred from
his doctrines on the Greek text, already cited, Mr. Morton has handled the ori-
ginal with amazing temerity. Numerous passages and words are ejected from
his revision as spurious. In one place, twelve consecutive verses are condemned
and cast out.
Mr. Campbell's revision of Acts has been in process of being stereotyped
ever since the lall of 1855 ; and when finished, it will probably take the same
course as the Gospel of John.
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lup, and Rev. W. P. Strickland, of Ohio, severally ; 1st & 2d Thessalo-
nians, by Rev. J. T. Gray, anil Rev. John Lillie, of New York, respec-
tively ; 1st & 2d Timothy, by Rev. J. T Gray, and Rev. James Lillie,
of Canada, respectively ; Titus, by Rev. F. Clowes, and Rev. Jas. Lillie,
respectively ; Philemon, by Rev. J, Angus, Rev. James Lillie, and Rev.
John Lillie, severally ; Hebrews, by Rev. J. T. Gray, Rev. Jas. Lillie,
and Rev. N. Whiting, severally ; James, by Rev. Win. Pechey, and
Rev. James Lillie, respectively ; 1st Peter, by Rev. Wm. Pechey, Rev.
James Lillie, and Rev. John Lillie, severally ; 2d Peter, and 1st, 2d, &
3d John, by Rev. William Pechey, and Rev. John Lillie, respectively ;
Jude, by Rev. J. Angus, and Rev. John Lillie, respectively ; and
Revelation, by Rev. F. Clowes and Rev. John Lillie.
If the judgment of the Committee on Versions can be taken as a cri-
terion, nine-tenths of these revisions will be of little or no service to the
Bible Union. And from the official announcement that " the practice
of the Committee on Versions, in regard to printing only such revisions
as may be suiiabh to put into the hands of the Final Board of Revisers,
meets the full approbation of the Committee of Investigation," it might
be inferred that but few of them will ever be examined by the final
In the spring of 1856, after the public mind had become somewhat
agitated, by the first investigations into the affairs of the Bible Union,
the Committee on Versions recommended to the Board to instruct them
to report the names of the final revisers, with the plan of their work ;
which recommendation was adopted, and accordingly, in the Bible Union
Quarterly, for May, 1856, appeared, under the head of " Good News,"
the following official announcement :
" The Board has participated in the universal desire to press forward the enter-
prize as rapidly as a just appreciation of ultimate consequences will justify ; and
it is peculiarly gratifying to them to be able to announce the probability that the
incipient revision of the New Testament will be so far advanced at the next
Anniversary, as to render it expedient to adopt regulations for the ultimate revis-
ion. They have therefore issued the following instruction upon the subject, to the
Committee on Versions :
" ' Resolved, That the Committee on Versions be instructed to take the whole
matter into serious consideration, and report to the Board such recommendations
of names for appointment of members in the final body of revisers, and plans for
the completion of the work, as will enable the Board to submit the entire subject
to the Union for its action, in October next.'
" Our friends at a distance will hail the above announcement with joy."
Dr. Maclaysays he "had always understood that the Final College of
Revisers were to be appointed by the Union ; and that in the absence of
any special provision for nomination, the privilege of nomination belonged
in all cases to the appointing power ; but the Committee on Versions took
up the matter, asked the Board for power to nominate the members of
the Final College, and to prepare the plan of its operations." To this
the Committee of Investigation, evading the point as to what was ori-
ginally intended and understood, and officially announced, reply as
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'' The Union could not do this work, as every man of practical experience can
testify. Nobody on earth w.ould think of proceeding in such -important matters in
Yet I find the following official statement, published in various docu-
ments of the Bible Union, over the names of S. H. Cone, Win. H.
Wyckoff and Win. Colgate :
" In accordance with the plan of the American Bible Union for the revision of
the English New Testament, the ivork of each of the revisers MUST be subjected to the crit-
ical examination of the rest, and of such other scholars as have expressed a willingness
to assist, ; and after being again revised by the author, with the aid of their sug-
gestions, be submitted to a Committee of Revisers appointed by the Union for final
adjudication upon every word and phrase."
Now, however, the Committee of Investigation may, by necessary
implication, pronounce Messrs. Cone, Wyckoff and Colgate to have been
men of no "practical experience," they did nevertheless officially declare
that the Final Committee was to be "appointed ly the Union;" just as
Dr. Maclay says he had understood ; and just as the Committee of Inves-
tigrtion say " nobody on earth would think of."
But in pursuance of the " instructions," given to the Committee on
"Versions by the Board, at the Committee's own request, as above related,
that Committee reported in September, about six months after being so
instructed, a plan for the final revision ; but they made no " recommenda-
tions of names for appointment of members in the final body of revisers,"
as directed by the order of their "instructions ;" nor did they assign any
reasons for disregarding this part of their "instructions." The plan
which the Committee on Versions recommended the Board to request the
Union to adopt, was passed at the anniversary in October, and published
in the Bible Union Quarterly for November, 1856. It contains among
other provisions the following :
" The Board shall proceed to appoint the final Committee of Revisers, and fix
their salaries, -within three months from the present date, Oct. 1, 1856, to com-
mence then* labors as soon as they can be brought together."
" The Committee shall consist of not less than five nor more than seven, select-
ed on account of their acknowledged qualifications."
" They shall prosecute their labors, so far as practicable, at the Bible Union
Rooms, in the city of New York, and from the time of their organization, they
shall devote at least seven hours per day exclusively to the revision of the New
Testament till it is completed, or during the pleasure of the Board."
" When a book is under revision, every manuscript or printed revision, or criti-
cism, on any part of it, in the ^possession of the Union, shall be placed in the
hands of the Committee, and these shall all be carefully examined in reference to
every proposed improvement, and the parts referring to the improvement, inclu-
ding the authorities, shall be read aloud in the Committee, and duly considered
before any change is decided upon."
" The Committee shall not adopt any change, which may have been made in the
incipient revisions, unless they deem it an improvement upon the English version,
and incapable of being further improved by them."
The plan embracing these provisions having been formed and reported
by the Committee on Versions, and recommended by the Board, and
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adopted by the Union, the whole subject was referred back to the Com-
mittee on Version's, with instructions to nominate the final committee in
accordance with the unconditional order of the Union, requiring their
appointment "within three months" from October 1, 1856. But in the
Bible Union Quarterly, for February,. 185 T, the so-called editors, Messrs
"Wyckoff and Buckbee, explain as follows :
" The Committee on Versions have held seven meetings in the examination of
correspondence and deliberating respecting the Final Committee on the English
New Testament. They are perfectly unanimous in their views, but require further
opportunity for deliberation, consultation and correspondence, which the Board
unanimously grants." " According to present prospects, our consultations and
arrangements for the nomination of the Final Committee are rapidly approaching
maturity ; but the Board will not venture to appoint them till the condition of
the treasury will afford a reasonable assurance of their support, and of the means
of purchasing such books as, we understand, they will need for the proper prosecu-
tion of their work."
The order of the Union says "the Board shall proceed to appoint the
final committee of revisers and fix their salaries, within three months"
from October 1, 1856. After four months have elapsed, and no such
Committee has been appointed, Messrs. Wyckoff and Buckbee tell us
that "the Board will not venture to appoint them till the condition of the
treasury will afford a reasonable assurance of their support."
But it is now generally understood that Prof. H. B. Hackett, of New-
tn Theol. Institution, Mass., Eev. P. Schaff, of Mercersburg, Pa., Prof.
B. Rodiger, of Germany, and Prof. T. J. Conant, of Eochester, with
some man not yet selected or announced, are to constitute the final
Committee. The first three are not expected to leave their present
positions, and duties ; so they cannot, as the plan requires, and the positive
order of the Union says " they shall, prosecute their, labors, so far as
practicable, at the Bible Union Rooms ;" nor can they, as the same order
says they shall, " devote at least seven hours per day exclusively to the
revision of the New Testament till it is completed." Dr. Conant has
resigned his professorship in the Rochester Theol. Seminary, and is to
spend his whole time in revision, alternating between the ]S~ew and the
Old Testament, the latter being exclusively secured to him by contract,
and the former, falling into his hands by the force of circumstances, and
the exigencies of the times. According to the contract, Dr. Conant will
receive a salary of three thousand and two hundred dollars per annum.
As to the compensation of the other members of that Committee, I am
not informed, but presume they are to be paid at the same rate with Dr.
It is difficult to see how that Committee can, in conformity with the
rules laid down by the Union, make any use of the revision work already
done. For one of the rules says, "the Committee shall not adopt any
change which may have been made in the incipient revisions, unless they
deem it an improvement upon the English version, and incapable of
being further improved by them." And they cannot judge intelligently
whether a proposed change is such an "improvement upon the English
version," and "incapable of further improvement," without giving about
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as much time and study as would be required to do toe work anew from
the beginning. And in this view of the case, many years must yet be
allowed before the production of a revised version by the Bible Union can
According to the official Reports of the Union, there have been already
expended by that Institution, on account of the revision of the English
Yersion, about two hundred thousand dollars. Whether the friends of
pure versions will continue their contributions, notwithstanding the official
mismanagement of the Bible Union, for years to come, must depend, it
seems to me, very much upon the amount of misrepresentation that can
be palmed upon the public mind by salaried officers, ex parte Committees
of Investigation, and other interested parties.
There are some other matters, in relation to the Bible Union, which I
may have occasion to speak of hereafter ; but which cannot be properly
set forth at present. If a fair opportunity for the consideration of the
affairs of the Union had been allowed at the last Anniversary, the neces-
sity of much of this exposition would have been superseded. But in a
spirit unworthy of, and unbecoming the Bible Union, all such opportunity
was intentionally cut off. The day before the meeting, an employee of
the Board was overheard saying, that they had no fear but that they
would get through the Anniversary without any difficulty, if they could
keep Mr. Judd from speaking, and they intended to pass a resolution
limiting every speaker to fifteen minutes; after which Mr. Judd would not
attempt to make a speech in that time. Accordingly, at the opening of
the meeting, Rev. Wm. S. Clapp offered a resolution, limiting each speaker
to ten minutes. To this strong opposition began to be manifested; it was
deprecated by several, and others desired to speak against it ; but Rev.
S. W. Lynd moved the "previous question," and it was carried. So that,
though some of the gravest questions which were ever before the Union,
were by the Committee of Investigation and otherwise brought up in that
meeting, no adequate opportunity was allowed for their discussion. With
such a limitation, as to .time, no one would think of entering fully into
any of the questions before the Union. Even the prescriptive policy,
by which Messrs. Geo. W. Abbe and S. R. Kelly had been dropped from
the Finance Committee, and by which Messrs. Abbe and Tripp, who were
among the founders of the Union, and who had been members of the
Board from the beginning, were now dropped from that body, was too
important to be properly disposed of in a ten minutes speech. But when
the nomination was brought in for the Board, I inquired, through the
President of the Committee on Nominations, who had been substituted for
Messrs. Abbe and Tripp, and the Chairman of that committee, Charles
Duffield, Esq., very courteously replied, that he did not consider the Com-
mittee was bound to answer any such question. Such conduct on the
part of the chief manager, through his coadjutors, in the name of the
Union, rendered it necessary for me to treat matters more fully in this
review, than I otherwise should have done.
I have written throughout with great plainness of speech/ because
the nature of the case demands it, and I cannot dissemble. But I am
not conscious of having been actuated by, or possessed of unkind feeling
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towards any person, upon whose conduct I have felt it my duty to ani-
madvert. There* are, doubtless, . some of my sincere friends, who, not
understanding, or not realizing the. condition of affairs, have hoped that
my promised pamphlet would never appear. And no one can regret
more deeply than I do, the exigency which calls for its ^publication. .
The principle, of faithful versions of the inspired writings, and the
cause of Bible translation, are as dear to me as ever. I sincerely and
strongly desire to see a thorough, faithful revision of the English ver-
sion. And, though I have no confidence in the Bible Union under its
present management, yet I shall rejoice in everything that truly tends
towards the achievement of this glorious object, whether in that or any
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