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oomprehenaion and their needs, than is the Word of Ood. If they cannot understand this, then they
can understand nothing. If It is unwise or unsafe to gire them this, then the church has no right to
use the preea. And I reach thla conclusion not merely from the consideration, that it is a dlrine
rerdation, but from the study of its internal adaptedneea to the understanding and wants of man.

We may also show more ex^icltly from its own pages, that it claims to be the book of the peo^
But time wHl not permit me to do more than quote a few of Its paaeages. Notice this : ** The secret
things belong unto Ood, but those things whieh are rerealed bdong unto us and to our children for
erer, that we any do all the words of this law.** This is a very unhappy passage for priests. It asserts
that the things that are rerealed— all rerelation— belong to us and our children. Then it must by
right bdong to the laity— the people— to those who hare children, to whom to teach and bequeath
it. The priests have no children— at least that is the theory. If the paaaage exeludea any, it rather
exoludea celibates than others.

After the conqeest of the dty of Ai by the Israelites, Joshua assembled the people, and this is
what he did : " He read all the words of the law, the biasings and currings according to all that Is
written In the book of the law. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded whieh Joshua
read not before all the oongregation of larael, with the women and the little onea, and the strangers
that were conversant among them." Would Archbishop Hughes do this 1 Would he allow it to be
done 1 What ! read all the words of Moses— the whole Pentateuch to the women and to the little
ones. The Prelate would hare rebuked Joshua to his face. We prefer Joshua's example to the
Blahop's theory. To our little ones, whether in the family circle or in the public aohool, will ve read
these same words of Moses.

Again: David says: **The entrance of thy word giveth light. It giveth understanding to the
simple."— To whom 1 To the simple. Does that mean the Priests 1

Bven to Habakkuk, when revealing to him hia sublime prophe<!y, Jehovah said—** Write the visioa
and make it plain upon tablea, that he may ran that readeth it."

But why need I multiply texts of this kind 1 The Bible is full of them The whole scope of the
book is of this character. Had this modern dogma been recdved in andent times, Peter woold bava
expunged ft^m the Bible John's exhortation—" Search the Scripturea." Philip would have snatched
from the hand of the Ethiopian minister, hia copy of laaiah, and flung it into the atream, instead of
baptizing the reader there. The Pope would have fulminated his excommunicating curse against the
Bereans ^because they searched the Scriptures to see whether these things were so ;" Timothy
would have been scowled upon as a protestant heretic child, because ** he had been taught the Scrip-
tures from his youth." I ask t^en, In all honesty, is not the podUon absolutdy impregnable, that
the Bible waa designed and is adapted to be a book for the common people, and.not to bo an exdodve
volume for the guidance of the priesthood.

Not a single intimation is to be found within Its lids, entrusting it to the exdudve wardensliip of
sacerdotal keepers ; not a passage which implies that it is dangerous or anwiae to place it in the
hands of aU. Its words are not poisons to be carefoUy kept sealed up in jara, and doled ont in do ses 1iy
spiritual apothecaries. It is seed, to be sown In the moraing and in the evening, beside all waters-
good seed, that shall not return void, though some may fall by the wayside. Like bread. It Is a ne>
oeesityofUfe forall. '

My heart burns with indignation when I hear my Bible, my blessed Bible denounced as a dangerous
book. Dangerous to what 1 to soundness of fkith 7 to purity of morals 1 It is the Ikitk. It is the
only efflcadons work on morals. It is dangerous to dn. It is dangerous to the claims of prioftfy
despotism. It Is dangerous to the system which takes a man's mind, and soul, and oonadenoe, out ef
his own ownership, and passes it overbound to the control of a priest It is dangerous, it Is death to
Popery ; but it is the life of Christianity. I acknowledge that Bomanists are condstcot in their
hostiUty to the circulation of the Bible. They muat oppoae it, or U wiU destroy thdr ohoreh. We
cannot pauae for thla. Porauch a reault we ahall ahod no tears.



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ANNIVBBSARY ADDRESSES. 103



Lovers of th« Bible I forward wHb the holj work. Let your preesee groan with the labore. Let
your moltiplied colporteurs stagger under their loads, nntil thore shall be a oopj in erevy cottage and
hut, in ererj chamber of every house, in the room of every hotel, in the state-room of every steamer,
in the cabin and in the forecastle of every ship, and coasting schooner, and fisherman's jracht, in the
hospital ward and in the prison oelL Send it into every house on your ** five Points," and your
(* Ann Streets," and your ''Plumb Streets."

What, give the pure and holy Word of God to the vilest outcasts of Society I What, put Bibles in
the bar-rooms and the brothels ! Tes ! put them there 1 God sends his light and his rain there. Ton
do not deem it wasting chloride of lime when yon cast it upon putrefaction. God's Word is his
chloride of lime, his great disinfecting agent, to puriiy the whole moral atmosphere, and make it
healthful for man's breathing.

It seems to me, too, that special efforts should be made to give a copy of God's Word to all the
children In our public schools. We should not be satisfied if there is a single copy on the teacher's
desk. Pile them up at the doorway, that every little one may have a precious volume of its own.
When we hear the cry, '* Out with the Bible fk-om the public schools," let it be answered by the cry,
** A Bible in every pupil's own hand." Thus, let us accept all the &ir conclusions of our proposition
—that the Bible was designed and is adapted to the common people.



ADBBE88 07 BEV. J. HTATT SMITH, OF CLEVELAND, OHIO.

Readvedf That, in the spirit of Ohristian love and zeal, we will go forward upon the high errand
of the American and Foreign Bible Society, in distributing the Word of God.

Mr. Pbbsidknt :— I feel that the generous manner of the introduction of myself to this assembly,
by our esteemed Secretary, (Dr. Babcock,) is at ooee kind and unjust ; and I can find relief from the
consequent embarrassment only, by quoting the saying of one to whom I am quite unworthy to be
compared. It was in reply to a similar introduction , and, if my memory serves me, on a like occar
sion, that the eloquent Summerfield said, " the gentleman declares that he has reserved the best
wine until the last— this is inverting the order of the feast : every man at the beginning doth set
forth good wine, and when men have well drank, then that which is worse :— but I have not even the
worse wine to offer you, mine is mere uxxter; but if the Master of the feast should deign to look upon
the water and turn it into wine, it may be good wine." Vollowiog my two brethren, who have so
closely held your attention, and so fully rewarded it, I feel, that with much more than Summer-
field's emphasis, I may adopt his language. I hope that the water I bring as an offering, may blush
into wine beneath the smile of the Master.

I believe. Sir, that the resolution which I have presented, might well pass to the vote of this body
of Christians, without a word of comment or defence. It reminds brethren of a self-evident duty,
and presents the claims of the Word of God. What need I say in iU support 1 What should I say
for the Bible I Any other book but the book, may be subject of criticism, and liable to defence or
condemnation according to its merit or its demerit. But in my view, the sacred volume is above and
beyond all this. It is as though the ark of God was sUnding in the midst of congregated Israel, and
a man of the tribes were called forth to speak of its glories, and maintain iU daims upon the respect
and veneration of the people of the Lord. I might as soon defend a star shining in its beauty ; or,
the sun in the fullness of his noonday beams. No, Sir I I do not argue, but admire. I do not criti-
cise and comment, but rather worship and adore. As John exclaimed, when, standing in Jordan's
waters baptizing, he saw Jesus approaching, '* behold the Lamb of God !" So I can but point to this
mystery of God's love and cry— behold the Bible I I remember, once, in conversation, a friend
endeavored to describe a mother. " Why," said he, ^ a mother— a man's mother— to describe a
mother— why, a mother, friend Smith, a true mother— why, she i» a— mother /" He had no lead and
line with which to fathom the depths of a parent's love : he could not take the compass, and count
the towers of that Jerusalem of holy affection, a mother's heart. And what more can we say of the
Bible, than that it is ths Biblb. It is the golden key, which alone can unlock the gate of heaven
to the soul of man, for immorUlity is brought to light in the gospel. It is the pillow on which the
aching head may rest, as the beloved disciple reposed on the Saviour's breast. It is the bright lamp
of revelation hung by the hand of grace, at the entrance of the dark valley, whose holy radiance dis-
pels the shadow of death. Mysterious volume ! Within it tower Sinai and Calvary. Here may be
heard the thunder of the law, and the tender accents of the Gospel. The lightning of God's wrath
and the Ught of God's love shine here. Along these paths of holy truth we can trace the scarred
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llr, I 10T» tk« WU% Iff aU tiM bo^ MMeUtkms Oat thulOT araud It. To Mek of u, wfctt
■MiMri«t, abcndaat in interMt, dv«U with the meatioa of the blenod book. What imOw thongfata
of homo, of paroBta, and of fHoada; aod what a personal reoolleetion to eaeh ; what an indiTldaal
ozparleaae la eonnaeted with the MMiod roeord. Who has not bent oTsr its holy psfes when the
letters seemed to swim in tears 1 In that hoar of dim aofaiah and desolation, when the ol^Jeet of
joor love— it may be of yoor idolatry— was taken from you by death, tell me, mother, what was year
lifht, your atsdnffth, yoor hidinf plaee and yovr eoasolatloB. When that ehlld, which had nestled
In the bosom ^ lovoi was laid in the eold grare, how yoo^were the ministrations of fHendship. Th«
look of sympathy was dark as a ftt»wn, and the moslc of kind words fell on the ear like diseerd. Oh
thea, what blesdngs flowed ttom God's Word 1 what Toieos of heavenly consolation eame forth from
the Bible I How ftill of lore and veneration should be our memory of a book which, as the aogri of
the Lord, has walked with us in the midst of the fiery fitmaoe of triaL A book whose pages we have
bedewed with tears of berearemeat. tears of penitenoe, and tears of joy.

Mr. President, I aeknowledge the tniltj of loring the BiMe as it is. There may be minor errors
in our translation, and the day will doubtless some when the needfbl oorrections will be amde. I
desire and hope, that whan that tisM arrives, the learned and the holy of the general chuck of
Jesus Christ wiU discharge that duty. Happily did Whitfield set forth the great bond of our holy
fUth in his supposed interview with Abraham. He stood and cried, ** Father Abraham ! are there
any BapUsto in heaven 1" And he gave the reply, ^ Not one I" "* Are there any Prestryteriaas r
"* Not one !" Naming the other creeds, stiU the answer '* Not one !" With a show of astonishment hs
asked—** Father Abraham, who u in heaven V* and gave the answer, " Evety Cftr»sf*d», OeorgtP'
This church on earth—this heaven belo w repres en ted bj the men of known leanm^ and fiety^ {
should give themselves to the wA of revision. All denominations of the Ikithftil children of Ood ^
should be united in the least alteration of the saersd text I r^oiee that the Bible was translated^
when it waa. The design of the Allwise is clearly to be seen in tbis fact. Btemal truth foond appn>-i'
priate raiment in the plain dignity of the perfect Saxon tongue. I admire the diamond of Ood ip
its fair setting of old yellow gokL I delight to see the ark of the Iiord snmHUided with the rk
€h>thic architecture of venerable English oak. **

Sir, the DiSTBiBurtox of the Bible is the great work of to-day. This is the one subliase crrrf ^ j^
our Society. Every other object and aim must be second and subservient to this. In ttis ent^ a jji
Ghristian seal and christian love should bum in the fullness of holy ardor. Error, in oouatless" ^ mU
is leading on in battle against the truth. Scepticism and infidelity are at work. Bomaniam too> , ||l
blind Samson, is fdeliog for the very pillars or our npublic, by endeavoring to shut out and hid^ '

Word of Ood. As true men, bm Ohristian patriots, it becomes us to labor with a holy diKgenee i|
sending every where these leaves of the tree of life. Oar safetf ia found alone in scattering wide that
volum e, whose inspired declarations enlishten the mind, purify the heart, and, on the foundation rock
of truth, build the temple of civil and religious liberty. In tMi crisis nothing ritouM divert us for a
moment from the all-engrossing olgect of our pursuit. To pause now to question about the form sad
feature of the holy volume is madness. As well might the continental army have stopped to coniider
the propriety of improving the shape of cannon, or musket, when the enemV was en rout for the fleU.
Under other circumstanoes the question of some alight change in stock, or flrelock, might have fonfld
impropriate place, but not in the raging of the revolution. It would be no time to ttop sod asgae the
corn laws when perishing millions were starring for bread. The Bible as it it can convince men of
error and lead them to truth. It was by reading the present version that I saw my sins, and mw my



Saviour ; and learned by penitence to forsake the one and by foith to ding to the other. By i
the present translation I learned my mistake in doctrine, and, in obedienee to an enUshtened co*>
science, bm 1 believe, I acted, and in the baptistry here, beneath my finger, my fhlse docnine found a
watery grare. Let the old weapon do its work. The sword of ancient form, whose hilt is ieweDed
with the OTomises of Ood. and whose blade, tempered in hearen. is stained with the blood of the
enemy of Christ, is, and erer shall be. victorious, when wielded by an arm nerved wi^ aeal, and firm
with faith.

Zeal and Levi I How can we mention the Bible without feeling the full pulsations of h61y level la
the exercise of that heavenly principle let us ever act, nourine thefolloess of Its warm sunshine eo«>
tinually upon our path. Mapr all bitterness end now and forover! ThoughdUforingitmaybeinopiiiieii.



may we. as Baptists, as Christians, love one another. Let us remember the tender scenes in days go
bv, when we labored together in the harmony of the Oospel of Chrtst. I am happv, Mr. Presiaent
tne consciousness, that, as I know my heart, I have no other feeling than that or love and good-wiH



toward everv man honestly striving to further the cause of our common Uwd and Master. A^ I here
say* that I do venerate the man now standing as the head of a recently formed Bible Society. I re-
verence him as a servant of Ood. ripe in years, in wisdom, and in pie^ ; irtiose head Is already vrhitt
unto the harvest of death. May 1 not add, that my regard is not less ror him who Is called to n r p sids
over the deliberations and guide in the councils of this Society. To you. sir. In days past, I have
learned to look with the confidence of a boy turning toward his fkther. I saw your emotion, at timee,
too big for utterance, as you stood In this familiar place and lo<Aed out upon this gathering of well
known foces Tour heart was overloaded, like a wa^on burdened with sheaves, and yoor tongas rs*
fused its aocustomed ready office. I. too, hare affecting associations. delightAil and tendw memories,
dwelling in the shadow of this sanctuarr. By such cords as bind us to cherished fHends. and hallowed
altars, may we ever, as the servants of Him who lored us, be bound in holy union of heart and la-
terest. May the eloquent sermon of John the sffed, i»«ached from his litter pulpit, com tinually soaad
in our ears as a Society and a denomination : "Little children love one another 1 little children lore
one another !" As the husbandman goes forth sowing the seed, so msv our Society iralk the wide Md
of its labors, scattering broadcast the precious seed of the kingdom, from whidi a harvest of sterasl
trutii shall spring up and ripen in the smile of Ood.



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OF THE



l^mericmi u)i Jf0mgii %Mt ^0detg.



HSLD IN



BROOKLYN, MAY 6 AND 8, 1855.



SiTKDAT Etbntno, Maj (Jth, 18B5.
AmnrjLL SsticoN \>j Bev. E. L. Magoov, D.D., In the First BaptiBt Church, Brooklyn, from
Ephes. IL 7.

Present, and assisting In the serriees— Bey. B. T. Wkloh, D.D , President, and Bev. Dr. BsLonxB,
Philadelphia.

TuBDJLT, 8th Ma7« 1850.
The Society met for the transaction of bnslneBa. The Prealdent in the Chair.

Sung Hynm 896.

Prayer by the Ber. Mr. Habbsov, of Pennsylrania.

Select portions of Scriptures read by Bev. Mr. Chios, of Maasachnsetts.

Mlnntee of the last Annual Meeting read and approred.

Nominating Committee— Beys. J. L. HoDav, A. P. Masok, M. M. Dbak, S. J. Dxakx, and W. J.
Todd, to nominate Offloers, and 12 Managers of the ckss, to serye for three years.

J. M. BairoB, Jr., from the original Balldlng Conmilttee, appointed 14th April, 1862, presented the
final report Accepted, and referred to a Special Committee— Gso. Gault, Bey. J. C Haxkoos, Wm.

DUKBSOW.

The President here made a few remarks, q>propriately and eloquently referring to our past history
and fhtnre duty, reminding our friends of their inaetiyity, and urging more ylgor and energy
hereafter. The Pastors were strongly appealed to, to use their influence In promoting the interests
of the Sode^, reminding them with much power and force of the necessity of a much wider clrcu>
hUlon oi the Word of Life, as the only instrumentality of banishing from a benighted world dark-
ness, superstition, and idolatry, and Introducing the salutary and saying influences (MTthe Ooq>«L



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2 EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING. [May,

Tb« Nomlnttlnc Committee preeeated the ftdlowtng ticket, vhlch was uunlmooilj addlrted :~



Bit. B. T. WELCH, D.D.



Eey. B. LATHBOP, D.Dh N. T.
Hon. J. H. DUNCAN, Meas.
W. W. TODD, Esq.. N. T.
Ber. ALEXIS CASWELL, D.D., B. L
Ber. B. A FYFE, Wiaoonain.
Hon. ISAAC DAYI8, LLJ)^ Utm.
ISAAC NEWTON, Eaq., N. Y.
Bey. SILAS BAILEY, D.D., Indiua.
Bev. ANTHONY COLBY, N. H.
Bey. a W. TAYLOB, LL.D., N. Y.
Ber. EZBA FISHEB, Oregon.
Ber. QEOBQE J. JOHNSON, Iowa.
Ber. JOHN M, PECK, D.D., lUinolt.
Bev. NATHANIEL COLVBB, Michigan.
JOHN M BBUCE, N. Y.



Ber. B. E PATTI80N, DJD., M6l
Bey. ALTAH SABIN, Vt
H<nL IBA HABBIS, LL.D., N. Y.
W. M MoPHEBSON, Esq., MtaoorL
Bey. M B. ANDEBSON, LL.D., N. Y.
Bev. BENJAMIN BBIEBLY, CbUfonda.
ALBEBT DAY, Eeq., Conn.
Bey. J. B. CBE88Y, MinneKite.
JOHN DOWLEY, Esq.. N. Y.
Hon. J. M. LINNABD, Penn.
Hon. Jndge DUNLEAYY, Ohia
8. P. T0WN8END, Esq., N. Y.
Hon. PETEB P. BUNYON, N. J.
MATTHEW VASSAB, Esq., N. Y.
Prot E TUBNEY, Ohla



oOBxaspoHDnrQ bbobviabt.
Bey. BUFXTS BABCOCK, D.D.



WABBEN OABTEB.



VIBBT OLABI, TO BHTB OSB TXAB.

Bkv. BUFUs BABCOCK, D.D.,
Bbv. JAMES J. WOOLSEY,
Bxv. EDWD. LATHBOP, DJD.,
Bay. O. W. BBIGGS,
Bay. JOSLAH HATT,
GEOBGE C. OEBMOND,
O. WHITEHOUSE,
H. W. BALDWIN,
JOHN M DAYIES,
8. S. CONSTANT,
LEWIS B0BEBT8,
THOMAS B. SMITH,



NATHAN C. PLATT.

8BCOMD CLAM, TO BBBTIt TWO TKABB.

Bay. B. T. WELCH, D.D.
Bay. SAMUEL BAKEB, DJ).
Bay. SIDNEY A COBBY,
Bay. A D. GILLETTE,
Bay.E J. HISCOX,
Bay. J. A MoKEAN,
Bay. ISAAC WESTOOTT,
GEOBGE GAULT,
H. H. LAMPOBT,
WILLIAM PHELPS,
SMITH SHELDON,
WnXL^ WINTEBTOlf,



THIBD OIJLU, TO IKBTB THBKK TKAm

Bey. D. M GBAHAM,
Bey. IBA E STEWABD,
Bey. J. BANYABD,
Bey. LEWIS COLBY,
Bev. J. W. TAGGABT,
WABBEN CABTBB,
J. M. BBUCE, Jr.,
SAMUEL BAYNOB,
PETEB BALEN,
ELUAH LEWIS, Jr.,
N. a PLATT,
D. M WILSON.



The President made a few remarks, expresslye of his feelings in his re-election, and Indieattog his
strong attachment to the noble and glorious work in which the Soeietj is engaged.

The Corresponding Seoretarj stated that he accepted the appointment, wi^ the imdersiandli^ tiiat
he would retire from office whenever a successor can be fbnnd.

Bey. Mr. WAaaxx, of Troy, presented the following reeolntlon, and sopported it with appn^ilato
and pertinent remarks : —

JiMohsd^ That it la the trne poliof of this Society to enter at once and yigoroudy apon the pabli-
oatlon of Bibles in tho English language, and their distribution by colporteurs among our popul«tloo
at large.

Beferred to Committee— WABsxn, Bkhxdiot, Bbesb, Swadc, and LATEBor.



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After InterestlDg remtifcs from B^vtX 1>rethr«ii, •^Jonned to 8 o^dook, after ringing the Doxology.

Sydock P. M.— The Society reaaBembled.

Singing.

Prajrer by I>r. BsraDior. •

TreMorer's Beport presented and accepted, snatained by the Hon. Mr. Bokbs.

The Gorreepondlng Secretary's Beport was presented. •

Aooeptanoe moved by Bev. Mr. Lkoitaxd, of Ohio, and seconded by EeT. Mr. Swuai, of Massachn-
aettr.

Accepted, and directed to be pabUshed, tonder the direction of the Board.

Bey. Mr. WiJtsBr, from ^e Committee appointed on his resolution offered in the morning, sub-
mitted the following resolution, which was nnanlmonsly passed :—

Seaolved, That the wants of the American population demand that this Society enter more fbUy
and vigorously upon the work of circulating the Scriptures in the English, German, and other lan-
guages, in North America, and to aecnre the eetabllshment of anxiliarlee to the American and
Foreign Bible Society, employing colporteurs and other agencies for the purpose.

BeT. Mr. Lanb, colored brother, firom Boston, made some intorestlng remarks, and a collection was
taken up In behalf of his church.

Bey. L. NoRMAin>aAir, of the Grand Llgne Mission, addressed the meeting on the stato of religion
and Scripture distribution in Canada.

Adjourned to 7 1-S P. M.

Benediction by the Pastor.

7 1-9 o'clock, P. M.— The Soslety reassembled. After singing Hymn S77,

Prayer was offlared by Ber. Qokdgjk BosBora, of Hartford, Conn.

Ber. Mr. Datidsok, of Canada West, presented the following resolution, and spoke in its
fryor. Unanimously passed :—

B^9oUD€d^ That the pr^mt Is an eyentlU period in the history of the world, and one which calls
upon the friends of reUglous and political f^«edom and Bible Christianity, In language not to be mis-
understood, to exert all their energiea, and call Into requisition every ayailable Instrumentality, In
order to multiply and droulato frlthftil translations of the Word in those countries which are opening
to recelye them ; especially aa by this meana, accompanied by the Divine blessing, Pa g an i s m , Mo-
hammedanism, and Popery wHl be elbctually overthrown, despotism destroyed, error eradicated
moral darkness dispelled, and men everywhere be brought to r^olce in the Ught and Uberty of the
** glorious Gospel of the blessed God."*

The President announced that Dr. Mason, who waa expected to speak, was prevented by indispo-
sition from being present, but that the address prepared by him would be read by Dr. Lathxop, which
was accordingly done.

l^th Hynm was sung: •

Bev. Lbwo SioTB, from New Mexico, then addressed the Society, and dwelt particularly on the
advantages of colporteur labor, aa being the beet system of carrying the Gospel to the multitudes.
Not one in 1,900 In New Mexico can read. But they always receive the Missionary kindly, treat hhn
courteously, and listen attentively.

On motion of Bev. O. W. Bmoiia,

Re^olvedL, That the thanks of this Society are tendered to the Bev. Dr. Maooon for his Anniver-
sary discourse, andto the brethren who have addressed It on the present occasion, and that they are
requested to fhmish copies for publication with the Mlnutesw

On motion of Bev. B. W. Finj>, of Providence, B. L,

J?Mo2ve<f, That oor thanks are due, and are cordially tendered, to the Pastor and members of the
First Baptist Church, Brooklyn, for their cordial welcome and generous ho^italitiee during this



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