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FORt THE PICKENS SENTINEL.
MR. EDITOR: When I commenced
to read the criticism on the article I
wrote in reference lo the translation
of the Scriptures, I reaillS thought it
bad been ppt up by a inan who had
inade perversion a science, but It
w8a signt d by thq Rev. A. W. W aIk.
er, one of our meek and - humble
teachers ct the word 'f God. Ile
would not intentionaly mgrepresenut,
but only mistoIk ne n1di g for an
6ther-let us be as forgiving as Le
tnstrie of the case *Aill admit. 11e
wsmi&'B to know why I mentiourd
Witkliffe and 'iyidal as Baptisti
Well I simply nean't to give the
religious proelivities of the men of
whoim I was writing as it occurred
to my mind they were irmnersonist,
(probably Tyndal was an EpiscopA
liar.) I neant nothing m1or-.
W hy does he say 1 "strangely con
f'munded the drunken ministers with
the eminently wise anid pious tranR
lato~rs." 1 t bink the confusion must
hlave igen altogether in the reauder's
head. 1 never su posed that any
one thought that translator, minister
and frica~d, meant one and the same
thing. But how else make this con
fusion. This reminds me though,
Ithat thousands of people make as
great mistakes as this, in confoundw
ing tjie meaning of the words sprin
kile, pour and dip. Now in my him
ble opinion, these three words, as
well as the three mentioned above,
each and all havea special and spe
cifi meaning of its own. To give
sup1. a profusion of meanings to out'
words as some do, would render it
JpqpflicIent to give eviderpe in court?
Buppose we take the words faith,
love and belief, and add to them a
great 'profusion of meanings, what
w~oi1Id become-of the Scriptures, and
why ctairri some few words have so
.*unany melanings and others only onie.
* He wants me ,to prove that all
Mane tpiliisters (state offlesaiB) were
proffljgate. "bThe prime leaders of
is government were youthful favo
ritps, wh possessed no merits but
,pessonal eloquence. Experienced
* 1.Mesmen, bravo sold ieri and learzned
idiines,had to bow to th'ese dissolute'
72nthe If "they wished to advance in
ioyal favor.: Even Bacon, the nub..
gaf it'ilect of the jge.-had to' tt
lach' hfimself to the minion Duke of
$uiuight'm, for the samp purpose.
This is from Prescott's Encyclopedia.
facaulay agreeni pretty closely with
tilie, much stranger on James' weak,
neSS at other points, hIepresonts
lig assaying to Flis Parliament "that
they blii no more businlessto in~qu ire
-lNh .b-4night lawfully do, than
.aIat to.e pety might lawfully do.
.Roalb was represented in Aim
4fammering, "plobbering, sliedding
.timanly tears, trembl~ing~ ad*awn
saqprd, etc." Tytler an' Wilon in
their histories are not fr fr.m .a
same thing, iatn ion tho weakness of
tb King, and some of his ministers
as dissolute. I now say what I did
not say before, that. the logical infer-.
ence is that no first class men would
have got on that board of translators,
for they could dnly 4o so by crouch
ing to these debaudhed youths, and
first class Wden, would hardly do this?
My histories do not teach that the
transfators were eminently pious, the
infereice from Rev. Mr. Walker's
statement is that each and all were
such. He makes me say it was in a
dark age. Now the word dark did
not occur in my article, he surely
did not mean to misreptesent mis
takes revolutionary for dark-I hope
he has better luck in interpreting tbe
Scriptures than when criticising my
article.-I am not at all afraid to say
now, that there was some dark, and
from some of the light, good Lord!
In less than thirty years after the
translation, doubtless while some of
the translators still lived, Marcus
Wilson in his out lines of history
says: "The- English cleigy; at the
head of whom was Archbishop Laud,
one of the chief advisers of the"King
(Charles) usirped the civil powers of
the government, and the Puritans
were so rigorously perseented that
great numbeus of themI songlt an
asylum in America-drove the Scot
tish Preysbyterians to open rebel
lion, etc." Macaulay mays "the de
votions of private families could not
escal e his spies " The increased
the power of the two courts, that ot
the Star Chamber and H igh Cow
ImFsiil, two of the m1ost itiamous
probably the civilized world has any
account of, "The Put hans or church
reformers suffered nost. T hey were
dragged in great numbers before an
arbitrary court, caled the Star
Chamber, anld sometimes men ven
erable for piety, learning and worth,
were sc'9u rgedthrough the streets of
London, and had their ears cut off,
and tlieir noses split for merely dif
fering in opinion on the most speens
lam ive of all subjects, with the King
and his clergy." See Prescott's En
cycloped ia, Dazzling light again,
and it in the churches.
Whby do anen land the wisdom,
piety and elightenment of this
age so much? Is it because of the ar
bitrary power asaumed by the church
office re? The churches so called were
governed by fanaticism and in a
conatant revolutionmary state. Is it
at all reasonable to suppose the -men
of that age wvere unprejudiced? We
are taught the reverse anost unuques
tionab~ly. In the days of this big
oted Laud, the established church of
England and the Catholic church res
semubled very much, were in pretty
About this time the Westniinister
divines are said to have adopted
pouring or sprinklin'g instead of im
mersion. England bad some able
nien intellectually, but she had a
weak King to" bind their hands in
many particulars; in laying down.
certain rules, etc.
I said in. my article that no Lexi-.
con on earth gave baptize as the de
finitmon of baptizo; and publ'ished a
card the. znext week qualifying this
statement in this way. "I' do not
belikve there w as one tlaat so gtv it,
as Ilhad never seen one tbat did. etc.'"
The Rlk. 'Mr. Walker makes me
say that no ,Lexicographer in thue
unmiverse gives the sarne meanining
to the womd' baptizo as to that of
baptize. Is this a fair statemenut, even
if the oveeid gentlemuan had not
seen my- card?
For my part, mly side ofany ques
tion may sinkc beA~rn I, will prop it
by sn unfair etatemnent of an oppon
ent. it, is not ' ecessary to see all
the Dictionaries to ascertain the de
flait ion- of a word, they, as well as
histories, tand men of sense, are sin
gularly agreed as to thb primna 1. o
Ifieet chief, original principal, etc.,
meanings of wojds, were it other
wise, the human language would be
an enigma. If each had a definition
of its own, and one Stte adopte one,
another a second, aud the General
Government a third, we would bve
virtually another Babel scene,. in i
The Rev. Mr. Walker" gives some I
of James' rules to govern the trans
Iaion. There was no use in wasting
paper with rules, it matters not how
wise or unobjectionable, after the
first one, which bound them, not to
translate certain ecclesiastical word.;
and to follow the Bishop's translation
as far as the original teKt would al
low; this seems to imply that he i
would just as soon vary from the
original au from the Bishop's.
The Rev. Mr. Walker thinks the
translation by the Bible Union shows
"4ectarianisn, rediculousluess and
This is 'some of his quotations
from the Bible Union Company. "Inl
those days caine John tho immerser."
Let's try this with his word, which is
also his act, i. e. pour or sprinkle, it
would read thus: In tho'e days came
John the pouier', this would be de.
lectable, again he quotes. "I inde
ill morse you in water unto re ni
ance," put inl his word again. inl
deed spriike you il wai(!r to -
penlance. Christ went into be ver
and gave an illustration o thiI ordi..
niance; thiisis stranger t in lnguage
cant make it. Turn tlrough your
eSt aml) ents and sul 6titute sprin
kle for baptize in every place w hea
this woId occurs, and on will drop
the idea of this miaking sense. There n
is no doubt in my mind about imn
neree being the proper word. I can A
not believe tho Dictionaries of the
Greek languige an.d the church his
toriafs who have recorded their
evidence for nearly fifteen centiries
(an d some of them for eighteen) are
unrleliable. I.learn from very good
authority that therv were some eight
or nIinie denmina~Itio0ns astsisted inf the
work of the American Bible Unions'
Company. Who shows most big
otry, the man .who is governed by
the authorities, or' the man who de
Ses all authority.
Do you, Sir', pr'esume to brand with
bigotry, Calvin, Luther, Wesley, S.4
Clark, Baxter, W hitfield, Coney bear1
and Ilowson, Schaff Spanheim, A.
Clark and many other great lights,
all in reering to Romans vi and' 4th,
say it was most certainly immersion
ini water referecd to there. Tleese arc
all Pedobaptist authors. The great
host of church historians of eacl) and
evemy denomiination, for fifteen cen
tur'ies, believed this word meant ims
merse. Wesley camne to A merica an
iLInmersionist. Men have iot read
much church history, who say, none
but the conceited Baptist believe this.
Immersion may not be essential to
salvation, but truth is. I respect
good and wise teachers and preach
e as much as I ought to, I hope;.but
advise all to beware of pinning their
faith too tightly to man.
We have known a great many to
fall short of what they had long beeni
rated at, some under excitement
hdv'e donned the cock ade, hurried
tl'ieir ~neighbors into revolutions
and war, deserted them at once,
many such .thinigs, and even worse
they some times do. Jn imitation ot
Rome some of the divines appeal to'
the vanity of man to influence them
against immrs'ion as estaiblished by
Chis nt, teachi the people it is in-.
decent, thus impeach Christ with
filthiness. Why not desert a cause
if it can. only stand %raced by such
I will say to the Rev. Mr'. McLees
that I have seen one other of the
Lexicons he' refered to, quoted i. e.
Joh in Pieker itng's thus--baptizo, dip,
immerse, etc., wet, soaked in Wine
to drunkenniess, overwhelm wth~