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the views of each bishop and the action of every council having anv influence
on the contents of the sacred volume. Mr. Keel'er does not deal in opinions. He
simply states facts, and gives a reference for each fact to the early Christian
fathers and other recognized authorities ; and it is believed that his book
(Snows much light on a hitherto obscured department of religious history.

"I have read Mr. Keeler's book with great pleasure and profit. He gives, in
my opinion, a clear and intelligent account of the growth of the bible. He
shows why books were received as inspired, and why thev were rejected. He
does not deal in opinions, but in facts ; and for the correctness of his facts, he
refers to the highest authorities. He has shown exactly who the Christian
fathers were, and the weight that their evidence is entitled to. The first cen-
turies of Christianity are filled with shadow ; most histories of that period
simply tell us what did not happen, and even the statements of what did not
happen are contradictory. The falsehoods do not agree. Mr. Keeler must have
spent a great deal of time in the examination of a vast number of volumes, and
the amount of information contained in his book could not be collected in years.
Every minister, every college professor, and every man who reallv wishes to
know' something about the origin and growth of the bible, should read this

book."— R. G. INGEKSOLL.

To C. P. Farkell, Esq.— Often have T wished that some writer, who had a
learned head and a lucid pen, would give us a brief yet comprehensive account
of the Books of the Bible — how we came by them — when the world first got
them— and what were the qualities, characters and pretensions of those who
first imposed them up^n credulous and superstitious believers. Often have I
wished that if such a book were written, some publisher, having the ear of the
Free Thought world, would issue it. Great was mv surprise and pleasure when
I saw at Washington, Bronson Keeler's "Short History of the Bible" we have,
and the marvellous number of suppressed Scriptures'— all Christian, all curi-
ous, all instructive— most of them wiser, all equally authentic, and all believed
to be equally divine bv those who had better means of judging them than we
have. All who are Christian — all who think they ought to be— and all who
are not— should read Mr. Keeler's " Short," masterly and wise book.— GEORGE

\COB Holyoake, London, England.

The Neva York Sun, (Sunday, Oct. 9, 1881, in a review occupying four and one-
quarter columns) : "On what questionable ground some writings were admitted
and others excluded from the Christian scriptures is briefly and effectively set
forth in a monograph entitled l A Short History of the Bible,' by Bronson C.
Keeler. The writer of this striking essay has not drawn his materials from the
German rationalists, but bases his assertions on the statements of Christian his-
torians and commentators, especially on the writings of the Christian fathers
and the ecclesiastical history of Rusebius, and, among modern works, on
Milman's 'History of Latin Christianity.' and the disquisitions of \Y,
Davidson, Lange and Schaff. We trust that no one who has been led bv the
appearance of the revised version to ponder the origin and historv of the sacred
writings Will fail to examine for himself Mr. Keeler's admirable monograph."

Address C. P. FARRELL, Publisher, New York.

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Prose -Poenis and selections,



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Oration delivered on Decora •
tion Day, 1882, before the
Grand Army of the Repub-
lic, at the Academy of
Music, N. Y.,

A Tribute to Ebon C. Inger-

A Vision of War.

At a Child's Grave,

Benefits for Injuries,

We Build,

The Unpardonable Sin,

The Olive Branch,

Free WU1,

The King of Death,

The Wise Man,


The Real Bible,

Benedict Spinoza,

The First Doubt.

The Infinite Horror,


A Tribute to the Rev. Alex- Night and Morning,

ander Clark,
The Grant Banquet,
Apostrophe to Liberty,
A Tribute to John G. Mills,
The Warp and Woof,
The Cemetery,
Then and Now,

What is Worship ?
Ood Silent,
Auguste Comte,
The Infidel,
The Republic,
Dawn of the New Day,
The Garden of Eden.
Thomas Paine,
The Age of Faith,
Origin of Religion,

The Conflict,

Death of the Aged,

The Charity of Extravagance


The Sacred Myths,


Religious Liberty of the Bible.

The Laugh of a child,

The Christian Night,

Mv Choice,




If Death Ends All,

Here and There,

How Long?


Jehovah and Brahma,

The Free Soul,


Tribute to Henry Ward

The Sacred Leaves,

Origin and Destiny.

What is Poetry ?

My Position,

Good and Bad,

The Miiaculous Book,

Orthodox Dotage,

The Abc.itionists,


The Man Christ,

The Divine Salutation,

At the Grave of Benjamin W.

Fashion and Beauty.
Apostrophe to Science,
Elizur Wright.
The Imagination,
No Respecter of Persons,
Abraham Lincoln,
The Meaning of Law,
What is Blasphemy?
Some Reasons,

The Birthplace of Burns,
Mrs. Ida Whiting Knowles,
Art and Morality,
Tributr to Roscoe Conklin,
Tribute to Rich'd H. Whiting.
Mrs. Mary H. Fiske,
Horace Seaver,
The Music of Wagner,
Leaves of Grass,

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The Brain, A Tribute to Walt Whitma Bi

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