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the Comprehensive Bible, as inclining to Neology —with a view to injure the Bible Society.

Mr. Greenfield's piety was decided and sincere ; “as an instance of this, it may be stated that he never sat down to the translation of the New Testament into Hebrew, his last great work, without first imploring the assistance of that Holy Spirit, by whose influence the sacred volume was first written.” Upon the death of Dr. Waugh, he attended the ministry of the Rev. Thomas Wood, at Jewin Street Chapel. His lamented illness commenced on Saturday, October 22, 1832. He was able to attend the house of God on the Lord's day morning, but he became worse; and on Friday his pastor saw him, when his mind was composed and happy, and he expressed his hope and confidence in Jesus Christ, as his Redeemer. On the following day Mr. Wood saw him again, when he said, “Since I have been here, I have learned more of the depravity of my heart than I knew before ; but, blessed be God, I have also had the inward witnessing of the Spirit, that I feel myself to be a pardoned sinner, through the blood of Jesus Christ. For worlds I would not have been without this illness. I have had most delightful intercourse with my Heavenly Father. I have enjoyed that nearness of access which prevents me doubting my interest in the precious blood of a crucified Redeemer; and I am ready and willing, if the Lord will, to depart and be with Christ.” Thus, this labourer in the cause of God departed to his eternal rest, November 5, 1831, sincerely lamented, as a scholar, a gentleman, and a Christian,

by all who knew him, especially the Committee of the Bible Society.

RESOLUTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE occasioned by the death of the late Mr. GREENFIELD: November 21, 1831 :

That feeling very deeply the greatness of the loss sustained by the Society, in the death of its late Superintendent of the Editorial department, this Committee yet desire to meet that loss in a becoming spirit of submission to the will of Him who ordereth all things in perfect, though inscrutable, wisdom.

That this Committee remember, with gratitude and astonishment, that in the nineteen months during which Mr. GREENFIELD had been engaged in the service of the Society, his varied talents had been brought into exercise in no fewer than twelve European, five Asiatic, one African, and three American languages; and that, since the commencement of his engagement, he had acquired a considerable degree of skill in the following languages, with which he had previously been wholly unacquainted—the Peruvian, Negro-English, Chippeway, and Berber.

That this Committee believe that they are fully justified in extending to all other works in which he had been engaged as Editor, the following honourable testimonial, borne by their librarian, T. P. Platt, Esq., on the completion of the printing of the Modern Greek Psalter :

“ Mr. Greenfield, in carrying this work through the press, has uniformly exhibited

“I. Sound learning, and critical judgment.

“II. A constant perception of the duty of faithful adherence to the very letter of the Sacred Original

“III. Minute and unwearied diligence, extending itself to the accurate marking of every supplemental word introduced in the translation, and to the careful arrangement of stops and accents."

That this Committee cannot suffer to pass wholly unnoticed some of the extra-official labours of Mr. Greenfield. They remember, with delight, that it was his valuable defence of the Mahratta version of the New Testament, against the criticisms advanced in the Asiatic Journal, for September, 1829, that brought him under the notice of the Committee. Of the Mahratta language he had had no previous knowledge, nor yet of some of the other languages referred to in the work : and when it is stated, that the pamphlet appeared within five weeks of his directing his attention to the subject, no stronger proof could be afforded of the remarkable talent with which he was endowed for acquiring languages. His reply to various strictures on the Surinam, or Negro-English version, was another memorial of his diligence, as well as of his good-will to the Society: while, more recently, his observations which have appeared in the Asiatic Journal, in reply to the criticisms of Colonel Vans Kennedy on his defence of the Mahratta version, may be appealed to, as confirming the opinion entertained of his high talents and sound learning; while a posthumous memorial has yet to appear in the same journal, through the kindness of the Editor, in which a defence of the Arabic version will be found.

CHAPTER V.

AGENTS OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY.

OPERATIONS so extensive and various as those of the British and Foreign Bible Society, not only in the United Kingdom, but in distant countries, must have required a suitable agency. This has been furnished by a gracious Providence. For the important work a succession of men has been found, possessing the most admirable endowments, evidently the gifts of the Spirit of God.

As Agents of the Bible Society in foreign countries, besides the Translators and other Missionaries, our attention has, many times, been called to the services of Dr. Van Ess, Professor Kieffer, the Rev. H. D. Leeves, Rev. T. Lowndes, Mr. Barker, Dr. Thomson, M. De Pressensé, and Mr. Tiddy. But there are four of those valuable servants of God, whose names seem to require especial record in this place; and they are still living, to witness the fruit of their labour in the blessed cause of their Lord and Saviour: Dr. Paterson, Dr. Henderson, Dr. Pinkerton, and C. S. Dudley, Esq.

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICE OF THE REV. DR. PATERSON

AND THE REV. DR. HENDERSON.

DR. PATERSON and Dr. HENDERSON must be mentioned together ; as they are thus introduced to our notice by the Rev. Mr. Owen in his history of the Bible Society :—“In the year 1805, the Rev. John Paterson, and the Rev. Ebenezer Henderson, both natives of Scotland, and animated with a zeal for the propagation of the Gospel, resigned their country, connection, and worldly prospects, in order to serve as Christian Missionaries in India. Precluded by the regulations of the British East India Company from occupying stations within their territorial dominions, they repaired to Copenhagen, in the hope of obtaining a passage to Tranquebar, and exercising their ministry within the settlement attached to the Danish Crown, on the coast of Coromandel. Having been disappointed in their expectations, they felt themselves compelled to abandon this design; a design nearest their hearts, of proclaiming the glad tidings of salvation to the heathen, and began to consider, in what manner they might turn their missionary zeal to profitable account in that part of Christendom, upon which the Providence of God appeared to have cast them.

“ Under this impression, they commenced a very diligent inquiry into the state of religion in the countries by which they were more immediately surrounded. Among the individuals of consideration

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