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in its welfare arises from considerations pertaining to literature and religion. They believe that the Baptists of the United States, comprising a membership unequalled as to numbers except by the membership of one other communion, and embracing a fair share of social consideration, wealth, and intellectual culture, owe with their fellow-Christians a common debt to the cause of Christian letters,-a debt which it is difficult to discharge without the aid of such a journal as the Christian Review. Its pages, as from the first they have done, will contribute to the formation and development of a literary taste among us, will take especial pains to introduce and examine the books which proceed from Baptist writers, and, it may be hoped, will stimulate the use of an increasing number of pens within the range of our broadly extended fellowship. We do not mean that none but Baptist writers will contribute to our pages; from them we expect to receive the large share of our contributions, but we hope likewise to engage on many themes the aid of gifted writers without the Baptist pale. The themes within the range of our common Christianity, like those within the range of our common literature, are numerous and attractive, and as we hope to present a journal whose pages shall be agreeable to readers of other ecclesiastical connections, so we hope to furnish a medium through which writers of those connections will be pleased to communicate their thoughts.
At the same time, however faithfully we may hope to see the Christian Review fulfilling its obligations to the common cause of Christian letters and science, it will never consciously be overlooked that it is primarily and essentially a Baptist journal. It will explain and defend the Baptist faith, it will survey the Christian world, agitated as it now is, and will be until the simple truth in Christ reigns, by questions of rites and ceremonies, of priestly power and laical submission, of relations to society and the State, from the Baptist stand-point, it will (such is the design and the hope) recall our Past, the illustrious annals through which our fathers developed and vindicated the peculiar doctrines of their “ soul-liberty" in Christ, and show the inworking and triumph of their principles in the progress of religious and civil freedom. They have borne a noble part in the drama of history, and it is time their names and deeds were rescued from the odium cast upon them by unfriendly annalists.
It is not necessary to define with great particularity the range of topics which will be discussed upon the pages of the Christian Review. It will contain articles in the depart
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ments of Philology, Theology, Ecclesiastical Polity, Science, History and General Literature; it will examine Books, especially such as awaken interest and influence opinions,Questions, especially such as agitate society,-Events, such as mark the times and are destined to work upon those who come after us. In a word, appropriating the sentiment and nearly the language of the first and ever-lamented editor of this journal, we shall feel it to be a duty to discuss in the spirit of genuine freedom and independence all proper and useful topics, avoiding as much as possible those which would cause discord rather than promote union, holiness, and Christian efficiency. “We must however reserve the right to judge what these topics are ; and we can give no pledges, except the general assurance of a' conscientious endeavor to please our Lord and advance the prosperity of his cause."
On these plans and purposes we invoke the blessing of God, without whose blessing human devisings and labors are vain. We invoke likewise the steadfast and cordial co-operation of our patrons and friends. The importance of the Christian Review to the Baptist denomination is understood to be settled ; but the Christian Review in order to be sustained must have subscribers and writers. These we ask, not for the sake of the publishers or for our own sake, so much as for the sake of the Review itself and of the aims which it proposes. These we hope will be found, East, West, North and South, as well as at our own doors, and the period speedily arrive when the permanent establishment of the Review shall cease to be a problem.
To prevent the possibility of misconception on that point, we would say at the outset, that we are not to be understood as responsible for every shade of opinion which may be expressed by our contributors. Ours is a more general responsibility,—that the articles published shall be suitable to our pages, not that they shall coincide with our personal views. Truth is better elicited where a reasonable latitude of opinion is allowed.
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Art. X.—NOTICES OF NEW PUBLICATIONS. V
A Copious and Critical English-Latin Lexicon, founded on the German
Latin Dictionary of Dr. Charles Ernest Georges. By the Rev. JOSEPH ESMOND RIDDLE, M. A., of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, Author of a Complete Latin-English Dictionary, &c.; and the Rev. THOMAS KERCHEVER ARNOLD, M. A., Rector of Lyndon, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. First American Edition; carefully revised, and containing a Copious Dictionary of Proper Names, from the best sources, by CHARLES ANTHON, LL. D., Professor of the Greek and Latin Languages in Columbia College. New-York: Harper & Brothers. 1850.
It is a grateful indication of the flourishing condition of classical education in the country, that this English-Latin Lexicon, containing nearly eight hundred octavo pages, the exclusive object of which is to aid students in writing Latin, has found an American editor and publisher, and been issued in a handsome volume, within a very short period of its first appearance in England. This fact furnishes conclusive and, to us, most welcome proof, that the practice of writing Latin, an exercise of immense value to the young student, as well for the discipline of the mind, as for the successful study of the Latin language, is gradually gaining in frequency and in extent in our schools and colleges. We have not time nor room at present for an extended review of this Lexicon, but we take the earliest occasion to record, in the pages of this journal, the fact of its publication, and to call to it the attention of our classical readers, as a book which marks an epoch in the history of Latin Lexicography in the English language ; being, so far as we know, the first instance of a work of the kind in English, prepared on an extended plan, and of sufficient compass and size to require its publication as an independent volume, and to entitle it to the name it bears, of “A Copious and Critical English-Latin Lexicon."
For many years, the only existing help in writing Latin, accessible to American pupils, was the very imperfect manual of Ainsworth. A great advance was made by the English-Latin Lexicon, published as an accompaniment to the Latin Dictionary of the late Mr. Leverett, a gentleman whose personal virtues, and rare skill and ability as a teacher, have a cherished place in the memories and hearts of very many, who were once his pupils, and whose eminent services to Latin Lexicography are acknowledged by all American scholars. That English-Latin Lexicon, however, though “ prepared to accompany” Mr. Leverett's work, and modestly designated as such on the title-page, without any name appearing, was not prepared by Mr. Leverett himself. For its preparation, the classical public were indebted to Mr. H. W. Torrey, a former pupil of Mr. Leverett, and a person eminently qualified for the task by his accurate and extensive attainments as a scholar, and his habits and experience as a teacher. Superior as that work was to everything of the kind before existing, and good as it was in itself, it still left much to be done, much even unattempted; and no one was so sensible of its imperfections as the editor himself, nor so much regretted the necessity of their existence. Most unfortunately, owing to the limited time allowed him by the publishers, and still more, we may add, from the failure of the editor's eyetight, occasioned by unwearied devotion to his labors, the plan of the work was finally restricted to an improvement upon Ainsworth. Had
“Verùm operi longo fas est obrepere somnum." What we have now said, applies of course to the original English work. The Messrs. Harper have republished it in the American edition in handsome form and style, on good paper, and in clear, excellent type; the whole under the careful editorial supervision of Dr. Anthon and Prof. Drisler. Dr. Anthon has added an Index of Proper Names, made expressly for the purpose, and on the basis of the best authorities. In his Preface, Dr. Anthon says: “ What will be found, however, to give the American edition a decided advantage over the English work, is the Dictionary of Proper Names, which is wanting in the latter.” This remark is certainly correct, as the Index is a good one, and enhances the value of an English-Latin Lexicon; but it seems to imply that the Eng. lish editors had overlooked this part of their task, whereas they state in their Preface, that “a copious Dictionary of Proper Names, to complete the work, will be published separately." The Dedication-page, we