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REIGN OF GEORGE III. TO QUEEN VICTORIA.

The last sixty-four years.

The commencement of a greater movement than ever before-To

be understood only by first looking abroad—The Revolution-

ary times in France—The agitation extends-Neither Britain

nor her colonies remain unscathed—The sagacity of English

authors in every form of composition is exhausted, without

averting or even allaying the storm-Action is called for—But

the obstacles to united action appear to be insuperable—The

Sovereign Disposer of all events, as a secret mover, unobserved

- In secret he must be acknowledged— The first feeble move-

ment taking its name from the Bible—The second--Its entire

failure no ground for discouragement_Ten years before, Divine

Providence had fixed on one young man-Reading the English

Bible in obscurity, his mind is ripe for action-A new feeling,

or spirit of enlarged benignity is imbibed—In maturer years,

his history and exertions gradually interpret the beneficial re-

flex influence of foreign operations—Two other men go to his

aid—These efforts much impress a few powerful minds at home

-The Bible without either note or comment draws more at-

tention—The destitution of it in Wales—The British and

Foreign Bible Society with its auxiliaries—their exertions up

to the present day—The United Kingdom and her colonies

embrace above four thousand similar assistant or independent

unions—These form only an inferior division of the vast field

of action—After a distribution and sale of so many millions of

the English Scriptures, there occurs an extraordinary and un-

precedented fall in the price of the Sacred Volume—Thus

lending to the present history, its last providential movement,

or a conclusion as cheering as it was unanticipated.

Britain at the height of a responsibility not easily conceived, as

it baffles all adequate description-On the summit of her

highest privilege there is no repose, no release from far greater

exertions throughout her foreign dependancies, or the world in

general—The present history indicates a course of action, if

not the only one, which involves her future welfare and stabi-

lity-A path of duty which cannot, with impunity, be evaded,

Conclusions drawn from the preceding history,

Appendix. The family of Tyndale. Fac Simile of his Prologue and first two New

Testaments. Chronological Index-List of Bibles and Testaments.

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MOXIAL ALLIANCES-NEGOCIATIONS WITH FRANCE AND SPAIN-GARDINER

RECALLED-BONNER SENT TO FRANCE THE GERMAN STATES-GARDINER, NORFOLK, AND TUNSTAL MET—THE FIRST ARTICLES, IN THEIR NATURAL CONSEQUENCES-PERSECUTION RESUMED.

THE SECOND YEAR OF TRIUMPH-THE

ENGLISH

BIBLE

PRINTING IN

PARIS-PRESS INTERRUPTED—INQUISITION OVERMATCHED-THE BIBLE FINISHED IN LONDON—FIRST INJUNCTIONS FOR TYNDALE'S BIBLE—NEW TESTAMENTS, FRESH EDITIONS—COVERDALE'S TESTAMENTS—THE DESTITUTE STATE OF ENGLAND-JOY OVER THE SCRIPTURESRETROSPECT.

HROUGHOUT the preceding volume, the reader found himself obliged to travel for years, contentedly, by the margin of what might be compared only to a

rivulet, patiently fighting its way with the rocks and obstructions of every description which lay right before it, and seeming to forbid, by a sort of authority, all passage or progress. Still no returning season passed away, without bringing fresh tokens that all opposition was not only vain, but actually helpful ; and the event of last year must have rewarded the expectation of all who had waited for it. Nor ever let the long and well-sustained conflict be forgotten. It must be measured by its consequences; for though but too

VOL. 11.

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