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Letter 33: 22nd March, 1836
To the Rev. A. Brandram
(ENDORSED: recd. April 2, 1836)
MAR. 22, 1836,
REVD. AND DEAR SIR, - I received your letter of the 8th inst., which gave me
much pleasure, as I understood from it that my humble efforts had afforded
satisfaction. I also received the two letters from St. Petersburg which were written
by a dear friend of that place, to whom I shall trouble you to forward a letter as
soon as I have an opportunity of writing, which at present I have not, as my time
is much occupied.
I have to communicate to you what will not fail to be interesting. The Spanish
press have taken up our affair, and I am at present engaged in attempting to lay
the foundation of a Bible Society at Madrid, to accomplish which the editor of the
influential newspaper, the ESPANOL, has promised me his assistance. There
has already appeared in that journal a most brilliant article which gives the history
of our Society, and states the advantages which would result to Spain from the
establishment within its bosom of a society whose aim should be the propagation
of the Scripture, in the Spanish language, amongst the population. Of this article I
send extracts below, and shall probably, when I have more time, send the whole.
The person whom we are looking forward to as a head of the projected institution
is a certain Bishop, advanced in years, a person of great piety and learning, who
has himself translated the New Testament in a manner, as I am informed, far
superior to that of any of his predecessors; but I have not as yet seen it, and
therefore cannot speak positively as to its merits. However, he is disposed to
print and circulate it, and if the translation be really an excellent one it would not
be unwise in us to patronise it, if by so doing we could induce him to co-operate
with us in our plans for enlightening unhappy Spain. But more of this anon. I have
little doubt that the time is almost at hand when the cause of God will triumph in
this country, and I am exerting every means which I can devise in humbleness of
heart to help to bring about an event so desirable. I intend to remain a few weeks
longer at Madrid at all events, for the present moment is too fraught with interest
to allow me to quit it immediately. As far as self is concerned I should rejoice to
return instantly to Lisbon, for I am not partial to Madrid, its climate, or anything it
can offer, if I except its unequalled gallery of pictures; but I did not come hither to
gratify self but as a messenger of the Word.
May I take the liberty of begging you to write a line to my dear and revered friend
Mr. Cunningham, informing him that I am in tolerable health, and that I hope to
write myself speedily. The three letters which you say have not arrived were, I