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Under these circumstances, you owe it to yourself and to the public also, to place the matter in a proper light by publishing your rejoinders in full.
Hoping that you will accede to our request,
S. S. SHRIVER,
DE WITT C. MOORE,
CHARLES COLLINS, JR.
PHILADELPHIA, January 21, 1854.
TO MESSRS. S. S. SHRIVER, DE WITT C. MOORE,
AND C. COLLINS, JR.,
Gentlemen,-I cheerfully place my manuscript in your hands, in accordance with your request. The reporter of the Daily Register, no doubt, did as well as most men could have done under the circumstances, and, I believe, wished to act with perfect fairness, but owing to causes which you have mentioned, his report, as he himself acknowledges, was frequently very imperfect. Of this I do not wish to complain. His applications for my manuscript I declined. On the last evening I voluntarily put the copy of my closing speeches into his hands.
Wherever the remarks were extemporaneous, I have either adopted the report of the Register, when substantially correct, or supplied from memory the substance of what was said, and
in the appendix I have added a few notes, affording answers to some objections which the limited time allowed for the discussion did not permit me to notice on the spot.
The report of Mr. Barker's speeches he commends in his note to the Register, as "luminous, and generally correct;" and, so far as I have seen, they are a faithful transcript of his denunciations of the Bible. They are given in this report, at the request and suggestion of many ministerial friends, as well as judicious laymen, in order that they may stand on the record; otherwise, I should have merely presented my own argument, after extending it so as to include some points which were not reached in the discussion.
It is right that I should acknowledge my indebtedness for valuable suggestions interwoven in this effort to defend the Bible, from Dr. Alexander's Evidences of Christianity, and Dr. R. J. Breckenridge's masterly contribution to the noble work lately published by Wm. S. Martien, Chestnut street, on the same subject; also, to an anonymous work on the Philosophy of the Plan of Salvation; and to a treatise of the late Rev. Joseph Buckminster. This acknowledg
ment applies to the argument on the internal evidences of the divine inspiration of the Scrip
In the hope that this publication will subserve the cause of our blessed Redeemer, and, in some humble degree vindicate the truth of his word, I leave the matter in your hands,
With great respect,
J. F. BERG.