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LETTER OF DR COOKE, AND REPLY OF THE
Lexington, Feb. 20, 1830.
Messrs. James Kay, Jun. & Co. PHILADELPHIA.
I have received, by favour of Dr Blythe, the Biblical Repertory for January 1830, which came to hand, the Dr informs me, a day or two ago. In it I see a review of my Essay on Ordination. I am there openly charged with “palming” certain things on the public, &c. &c. I write to inform you that I shall immediately set about an answer to it, and wish to know whether you will insert it in your next number. This is a piece of justice which I am not willing to believe you will deny me. There is an obvious difference between a reply to a published work, by another, offered for sale in the same way, and by a publication in a periodical. The latter compels the notice of numbers who would not, perhaps, choose to purchase the former. There will, therefore, be many who will read the review, who will never read the work reviewed, nor the answer to the review, if not published in the same periodical. You will please let me have your answer without delay through my friend, who will hand you this.
JOHN E. COOKE.
P.S. I should have written to the Editors, had I known where to address them, or whom to address. There are no instructions that I perceive, on this subject, on the cover. If you determine to insert my answer, send me the work for the year, and you shall be paid immediately after hearing from you.
It was with no little surprise that we received the foregoing letter. That Dr Cooke should expect and demand that the pages of the Repertory should be open, without limit, to all he might choose to write in answer to our review of his book, does, indeed, appear to us truly wonderful. Had he, instead of the above communication, sent us a letter, adapted to fill two or three, or even half a dozen pages, showing, or attempting to show, wherein we had misrepresented him, or done him, in any way, the least injustice, we should have inserted it promptly and with pleasure. And this, if he is as familiar with the periodical works of the day as we suppose him to be, he must know is all that is usually admitted in similar cases. But to have it intimated to us, that he had in view an answer entirely too long to be completed in a few hours; and that, if we would promise it a place, he would “immediately set about” the preparation of it, was, indeed, a prelude of most portentous aspect. We appeal to Dr Cooke's candour. If he were allowed to answer at as much length as he might think fit, our review of his book, the same privilege might be, with equal propriety, claimed by all persons whose writings or opinions we might happen to oppose; and thus every heretic and infidel in the land, whose works or sentiments we had assailed, would feel himself entitled to speak at full length in our pages. Would this be reasonable ? Besides, we do not choose to permit the Repertory to be filled, or to any disproportioned extent occupied, with pieces on the Episcopal controversy. There are many subjects, the discussion of which we consider as far more likely to be useful, as well as more acceptable to the great mass of the religious public; but for which we have not room in our pages. if Dr Cooke thinks proper further to waste his time and strength on this controversy, we have no right to object; but he must excuse us for declining to become partners in the concern. Whatever he may write, we reserve to ourselves the privilege of noticing or not, as we may think proper. If we should choose to animadvert on any of his future lucubrations, we will certainly try to do him justice. More we cannot promise.
Select List of Recent Publications.
A Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, or a Dictionary and Alphabetical Index to the Bible ; very useful to all Christians who seriously read and study the Inspired Writings. In two parts. To which is added, A Concordance to the books called Apocrypha. By Alexander Cruden, M.A. From the tenth London edition, carefully revised and corrected by the Holy Scriptures. To which is added, an original Life of the Author. Philadelphia, published by Thomas Wardle, Minor street. Pp. 872. Imperial 8vo. Stereotype, 1830.
We take great pleasure in placing at the head of our list this American reprint of a work so truly valuable to biblical students. There is little difference of opinion as to the worth of this elaborate concordance. Since its first appearance in 1737, it has stood above all competition, and no christian library can be considered complete without it. The English editions, however, have been both expensive and inaccurate, and we cannot but commend the enterprise of the publisher in Philadelphia, who has spared no pains in order to present a fair and correct impression. The typography is singularly beautiful, and some idea may be formed of the care which has been expended upon the work, when we are told that more than ten thousand references have been corrected, which had escaped the revision of the London publishers. It would be superfluous to add any further commendation of a book so advantageously known. For thus affording it at a very reduced price, Mr Wardle is justly entitled to the thanks of every reader of the Holy Scriptures.
A Summary of Biblical Antiquities, compiled for the use of Sunday School Teachers, and for the benefit of Families. By John W. Nevin, late Assistant teacher in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, (N. J.) In two Volumes. Revised and corrected by the author, for the American Sunday School Union. 1830.
A Pocket Dictionary of the Holy Bible. Containing a Historical and Geographical Account of the Persons and Places mentioned in the Old and New Testaments: and also a Description of other objects, Natural, Artificial, Civil, Religious, and Military; together with a copious reference to Texts of Scripture under each important word. Prepared for the American Sunday School Union, and adapted to general use. By Archibald Alexander, D.D. Professor of Didactic and Polemic Theology in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N. J.
18mo, pp. 546. Philadelphia, 1830. Analecta Theologica, a digested and arranged Compendium of the most approved Commentaries of the New Testament. By the Rev. William Trollope, M.A. of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and one of the Masters of Christ Church Hospital. 2 vols, 8vo. London, 1830.
The Book of Psalms; newly translated from the Hebrew, and with Explanatory Notes. By W. French, D.D. Master of Jesus College, Cambridge; and G. Skinner, M.A., Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Svo. John Murray, London, 1830.
Annotations on the Gospels. Parts I. and II. Designed for the use of Students at the University, and for candidates for Holy Orders. By the Rev. M. Bland, D.D. F.R.S. and F.A.S., Rectory of Lilly, Herts: Prebendary of Wells, and late Fellow and Tutor of St John's College, Cambridge. 8vo. London, 1830.
Two Lectures on the History of Biblical Interpretation, with an Appendix. By Herbert Marsh, D.D. F.R.S. and F.A.S. Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, and Bishop of Peterborough. Svo. London, 1830.
The Veracity of the Five Books of Moses, argued from undesigned coincidences to be found in them, when compared in their several parts. By the Rev. J. J. Blunt, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Small 8vo. London, 1830.
The Veracity of the Gospels and Acts, argued from the undesigned coincidences to be found in them, when compared, first, with one another; secondly, with Josephus. By ihe Rev. John James Blunt. Svo. London, 1830.
Conversations on the Bible. By Erodore. Boston, 12mo,
Biblical Emendations, or a View of the Various Readings of the most important passages of Scripture. Boston. Carter and Hendee. 12mo.
The Orthodox and Catholic Doctrine of our Lord's Human Nature, set forth in four parts. 1. Statement of the Doctrine from Scripture. 2. Confirmation of it from the Creeds of the Primitive Churches, and of the Church of Scotland. 3. Objections to the True Doctrine considered. 4 The Doctrines of the Faith which stand or fall with it. the Rev. Edward Irving, A.M. 12mo. London, 1830.
Natural Theology, or Essays on the Existence of Deity and of Providence, on the Immateriality of the Soul, and a Future State. By the Rev. Alexander Crombie, L.L.D. F.R.S. and M.R.S.L. Svo. London, 1830.
Sermons, Explanatory and Practical, on the Thirty-nine Articles. By the Rev. T. Waite, D.C.L. Chaplain to H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester, and to the Hon. and Right Rev. the Bishop of Oxford; and Master of the Grammar School, Lewisham Hill. 8vo. London, 1830.
A Treatise on the Evidence of the Scripture Miracles. By John Penrose, M.A. formerly of C. C. College, Oxford. 8vo. London, 1830.
True Christian Religion; containing the Universal Theology of the New Church, which was foretold by the Lord in Dan. vii. 13, 14, and in the Apocalypse, xxi. 1, 2. Translated from the Latin of E. Swedenborg. 2 vols, 8vo. London, 1830.
A plain and Serious Address on the subject of the Christian Religion; urging the practice of it in a candid and charitable spirit. Boston. Gray and Bowen.
Friendly Letters to a Lady, on Doctrinal Subjects. John Butler, A.M. Boston. James Loring.
Strictures on the Review of Dr Spring's Dissertation on the Means of Regeneration, in the Christian Spectator for 1829. By Bennet Tyler, D.D. Portland. Shirley and Hyde. Svo,
Letters to a friend on the Evidences, Doctrines, and Duties of the Christian Religion. By Olinthus Gregory, L.L.D. Honorary member of the Literary and Philosophical Society of New York, Associate member of the Academy of Sciences and Belles Lettres at Dijon, Member of the Astronomical Society of London, and Professor of Mathematics in the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. Two volumes Svo.