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this collection is to be considered in all respects as a patt of that design of which we are speaking, we are not sufficiently informed. But however this may be, we should rejoiee greatly to see it reprinted, with a few improvements, in the octavo size, and taking, which it would do, a very distinguished place in that series.
Since the year 1792, above specified, a succession of publieations has been issuing gradwally from the Clarendon press, which may be considered, if we estimate literary efforts by the good they are calculated to produce, as constituting together one of the most valuable and honourable exertions in that way to which modern times have given birth. To describe their nature in general terms, they are republications of important works in various branches of theology, most of them very interesting to all readers, but many of them more peculiarly designed for the instruction and improveinent of the members of the English church; and especially of its ministers, and the candidates for admission into its ministrations. The Homilies of the Church, to which are subjoined the Canons, and Thirty-nine Articles, the works of the judicious Hooker; the Exposition of the Creed by the prince of English divives, Bishop Pearson; the Origines Sacræ of Stillingfleet; a selection in two volumes, from the Sermons of Dr. Barrow; Burnet's Exposition of the Articles, and Wheatley's Ilustration of the Common Pray. er; Jones on the Canon of the New Testainent; Wells on the Geography of both Testaments; Dr. Trapp's Notes on the four Gospels; Dr. Ridley's Sermons at Lady Moyer's Lecture; with a few other articles; besides the Syntagma Confessionum now before us, constitute the principal part of this pious and excellent design. To those who are not intire strangers to English literalure, a very large portion of this series cannot need any recommendation from us. They are works of the very first rate importance, and excellence. Many of them are not easily to be met with ; scarcely any are published in so advantageous and agreeable a form as they appear in froin the Oxford press. He who has made these his own by long and habitual meditation, will be well qualified to maintain, with inestimable benefit to others, and with unspeakable satisfaction to himself, the exalted character of a minister rightly dividing the word of truth.' A very small suin would confer the possession of this intire treasure; he therefore who has the means, and yet neglects so golden an opportunity, cannot easily be acquitted of serious blame. Nor do we know any gift to the young student in theology, which might be exs pected more to be followed by the divine blessing, and 'to' answer the affectionate wishes of friends, or the pious intentions of the benevolent and charitable, than the enriching his library with the whole collection which we havejust enumerated. The curators of the Clarendon press deserve, therefore, the thanks of all true friends to sound learning and religious education, for the pains which they have taken in the in-. stitution and prosecution of this excellent design.
But we should have been much better satisfied, if we could have given the same unqualified approbation to the particular execution of all the subdivisions of this laudable undertaking, which we rejoice to give to the general scheme, and to the general wisdom and propriety of the selections which have been made for republication. Nor let it be understood that we blame the exterior constitution of these volumes. The printer, generally speaking, has discharged bis duty-well. The type and paper are good. The volumes are at once very cheap and sutficiently handsome, and very convenient for use. It is not the printing office that we are dissatisfied with; but there is great reason to complain that a little more skill and industry has not been displayed in the capacity of editorship. We might make the catalogue of abuses very extensive and numerous. From this, however, we shall forbear; and yet enough will appear sufficiently to substantiate the weighty charge which we are compelled to prefer. We are desirous that our remarks may put the meeting of delegates more upon their guard for the future ; and we are desirous in some little degree to 'remedy and compensate to the owners of these books, the negligence and oscitancy of the Clarendon editors. Our remarks will, generally speaking, be confined to those parts of the undertaking which we regard as of the highest importance.
We have already intimated a doubt, whether the Epchiridion. Theologicum, 'not being stated as printed at the Clarendon press, is to be looked upon as a part of our materials on the present occasion ; but as we wish greatly that it should constitute an item in the series, we shall take the liberty of mentioning our expectation, that in another edition, no reader will have to puzzle himself about the abrupt conclusion of Dr. Bentley's Remarks; and that while 253 pages are given, one only, which would preclude all perplexity, and is on other accounts important and curious, shall not be withholden, but that the reader shall be favoured with the concluding advertisement: and with still inore importunity do we intercede against the mutilation of a Work every way so valuable, and now so scarce, as Bishop Gibson's Pastoral Letters. But to proceed to the undoubted materials of our animadversions. . Our observations shall , commence with, that which was first published, the works.of Hooker.
The second leaf recalls to our minds a remarkable property of these editors, which is their extreme and almost invincible taciturnity. It might have been both serviceable and satisfactory if they would have vouchsafed to prefix occasionally a few prefatory remarks, to detail the reasons which may have induced třem to the republication of this or that work, in preference to others which treat of the same argument; lo give some account of the author or his book; and to add such other observations as their learning and experience might easily have supplied, and which could hardly have failed of rendering the several volumes more interesting and profitable, especially to youthful readers. A few notes here and there interspersed to elucidate the difficult, or to restore the corrupted passages, to warn against some latent error, to point out peculiar excellence, or to supply any remarkable deficiency by better arguments or more ex. tensive references, might also have conferred a great additional obligation on the public. The only note, however, which we recollect to have observed in all the volumes which we have specified, is one consisting of something less than two lines; vor do we remember that there is any thing like preface prefixed to any one of them, excepting to these of Hooker, to the Sylloge Confessionum, and to the Geography of Dr. Wells. The advertisement which has prompted us to these remarks is a bare extract from the “ Alliance of Church and State” by Bishop Warburton, but is so excellevt in itself, and so pertinent to the situation in which it is placed, as to occasion a lively wish that we had been much oftener gratified in a similar manner.
But it is not of deficiencies merely which we have to complain : it is a greater fault when that which is undertaken is not executed well. . We will not say that no care has been exerted in any instance, that a good edition and a corrected copy should be put into the hands of the printer for bis direction; but most certain we are that in many instances this care bas been very inconsiderable and very unsvecessful; and yet we might have expected that it should not be necessary, at this Jate day, to incu cate to editors in the name of a great university, that there is much more advantage and credit in printing from a complete and corrected copy, than from ope full of imperfections and errors,
The editions of Walton's Lives, it is well known, differ very much one from another. 'In order to give a good edition of them, it will be necessary, (says Dr. Johnson,) to collect all the editions of them ;' (Boswell's Life of Johnson, vol. 2, p. 461.) and again, in a letter to Mr. Boswell, Pray get me all the editions of Walton's Lives. I have a notion that the republication of them with notes will fall upon me, between Dr. Horne and Lord Hailes.' (vol. 4. p. 112.) We bave collated several pasts of the Life of Hooker, in this edition, with two orber copies; and thus much we can say, that they differ very considerably from each other, and that this of Oxford, we do not affirın is the worst extant, but is very inferior to both those with which we have compared it. For besides that the verbal discrepancies are exceedingly numerous, (several in each page,) the Oxford edition is both incorrect and defective in matters of fact: of which latter we need give no further instance, than that it does not contain a word respecting Hooker's having been appointed to the honourable ofice of reading the Hebrew lecture in his university, and the still more interesting information of bis expulsion from college-particulars which are specified at length in both the other editions which we have consulted. The additions to this life by J. S. are valuable, and we are therefore glad to see the retained in this edition. But it might further have been satisfactory to inforın us, what is far trom being generally known, that this J. S. was honest John Strype, the ecclesiastical historian, as appears by his Life of Whitgift, p. 175.
But further, the typographical errors both of the life and the works are numerous and important to a very disgracefuf degree: errors too, not imputable to the printer, who has in general very faithfully followed the copy with which he was intrusted, but to the curators, who onght to have provided against so discreditable and injurious an event, by a careful collation with the best, which are the most ancient, editions. So numerous are these blemishes that we are confident, from the singularity of Hooker's style, that he who enjoys the opportunity of having recourse to no other edition than that of Oxford, will be harassed by continual doubts, whether he has the real text of bis author, or some modern corruption before him. We shall specify a few of these errors, most of which materially affect the sense. Vol. 1. p. 00. line 18, for“ are not surer,” read
are surer." 64 - 29, for “ they prove," read “ they may prove,"
Vol. 3. p. 71, line 6 from bottom, inexplicable, except by correcting the punctuation.
-75 - 19," complied with us," read" with by us.
110 -- 4 from bottom, after “ with them” insert, " is accounted of their number; whosoever in all other points agreeth with them, yet thinketh.”
113 — 5," should be girt,” read “shod, begirt." but this is an error of all the printed editions, unless, per-. baps, of Dr. Zouch's.
150 -- 14," reject an eldership," read" erect.” All these may be found without going beyond the life and preface, and not one of them is noticed in the table of errata subjoined to the third volume. It is not consistent with our design to proceed further : but we beg leave to submit to ahe delegates of the Clarendon press, whether even now it be too late, to make what reparation they can to the purchasers of their edition of Hooker, by causing an accurate collation to be made with some better editions, and, by distributing this collation gratis to those who may chuse to make application for it.
In our next number we shall see what report is to be made of their edition of the Homilies.
[To be continued.]
Arr. II.-EAEX TEPOEYTO ; or, The Diversions of Parley.
(Continued from p. 72.) WHEX we affirm that the etymologies in the ETEK A TEDOEVTO are fallacious, we mean in the intention and application, and not in the mere derivation of the words.
We have no doubt that Mr. Horne Tooke, with his usual address and circumspection, bas chosen the words most faFourable to his theory, and in order to shew that we can tuke the bull by the horns, we will adopt the words he has chosen.
“Right is no other than RECTUM (Regitum) from Regere.' P.7. In the next page he explains his meaning, that to demand what is right, is to demand what is ordered; to do right, is to do what is ordered, &c. &c. According to authorities quoted in a common dictionary, and superior on this occasion to that of Mr. Tooke, Regere is to rule, to govern, to manage, to guide, to hold stroit, to keep down, to set right, to admonish, &c, and for any thing that can be rationally alleged to the contrary, the first constructors of the Latin language inight have made