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Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
We beg to return our best thanks to the pious and highly esteemed Dignitary of the Church who has favoured us with the following Paper; and through him, to the excellent Lady, his relation, who is the writer of it.
Remarks on reading the Scriptures, and on the
First Chapter of Genesis. What a blessing it is that, in these days, almost every body may possess a Bible! If we valued spiritual things as we ought to do, we should think that this blessing more than made up for all our hardships and troubles. Most of us know that, twenty or thirty years ago, it was not an easy thing to be. come the master of a Bible. We used to be obliged to pay fourteen or sixteen shillings for a Bible that we can now get for six or eight; and, before the art of printing books was invented, which was about 400 years ago, it was only they that were very rich indeed who were able to obtain them. And, as it was only those that were very rich that could afford to buy them, so it was only those that were very learned that could understand them; for it was not till A.D. 1542, in the reign of King Henry the VIIIth, that the Scriptures were translated into the English tongue, and allowed to be generally read. The accounts of the eagerness with which the peoa No. 13. VOL. 11.