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THE TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 1854. - John Calvin, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and the Ephesians 
Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and the Ephesians, trans. from the original Latin by the Rev. William Pringle (Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1854).
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THE TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 1854.
New English Translations of Calvin’s Works.
Referring to the circumstances detailed in the last Annual Report, and the Resolution and explanations therein detailed, as to the completion of the present Series, in December 1855, the Secretary has now the pleasure of stating, that, during the past year, every exertion has been made to bring the operations of the Society to a close in a satisfactory manner—so far as the interests of the Subscribers are concerned—within the period prescribed.
The Books which have been prepared, in return for the Annual Subscriptions received for the year 1854, are the following:—
These Volumes form the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Issues.
The four Volumes above-mentioned are in the course of being transmitted, through the usual channels, to every Member whose Subscriptions have hitherto reached the Office, 9, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh. Parties whose friends or Correspondents have omitted to remit their Annual Subscriptions and Arrears, will be so good as instruct them to do so without delay, by Post-Office, or Bank Orders, or Cheques, payable to the Secretary, and their Parcels will immediately be sent free of Carriage to any address in London, Dublin, or Edinburgh; or they will be booked at Railway Offices, or other Public conveyances, to be forwarded from thence, at their own risk and expense, to their respective destinations. Those who wish their Bankers or Agents to pay their Subscriptions will be pleased to send the Secretary a special Mandate to that effect.
To facilitate the prompt and accurate delivery of future parcels, Subscribers are particularly requested to send timely notice to the Office of the Secretary of all the changes of Residence and Address, or of any alteration in the present mode of conveyance.
The necessity of making prompt and punctual payment of the Annual Contributions is again most earnestly impressed on the Subscribers, so as to enable the Secretary to arrange the various materials—to put the Works to press at an earlier date than heretofore—and to regulate the number of copies to be printed. If the Members were uniformly to transmit their Annual payments direct to the Office in Edinburgh, in January or February of each year, all the other arrangements would be thereby greatly facilitated, and speedier delivery of the Books would also be secured till the close of the Society’s operations.
The Works which are in preparation for the last year of this Scheme (1855,) in return for the Annual Subscription payable on the First day of January 1855, and which will form the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Issues, are the following:—
All the Works for the Year1855 have for a considerable period been in active preparation. From the arrangements which were made before the close of the year 1853, it is trusted that under the permission of God, this invaluable Series of the Works of Calvin will be brought to a satisfactory termination in the month of December 1855.
RENEWED APPEAL TO SUBSCRIBERS.
On several occasions, the Secretary has felt himself compelled to make known to the Subscribers to this Scheme, in general terms, the very heavy advance he has been induced to make in furtherance of the amended plan of New and Original Translations of the choicest of the Works of Calvin; and he is advised by friends, whose opinion and advice he is bound to respect, once more to state the simple facts in reference to his present position.
The very unsatisfactory manner in which the Commentaries on the Acts and Romans had been translated in the Old English Version, (which the Syndicate had unfortunately resolved from the outset to present to the Subscribers,) and the antiquated and uncouth phraseology employed in these Versions, were most unsuitable to the taste and spirit of the times in which we live. On this account, and in justice to his own very decided opinion on that subject, which he had strongly expressed before the commencement of the Society, the Secretary found it necessary, either to abandon the official management of the Original Scheme, or vigorously to carry out, on his own individual means, a plan of exclusively New and carefully prepared Translations of the leading and Practical Works of John Calvin. He accordingly notified this resolution to the Council in the spring of the year 1844. After due consultation, the Committee of Management at once resiled from all pecuniary responsibilities, as they felt assured that the Annual Subscription of £1 was quite inadequate to meet the increased outlays necessary for producing New Translations, and provide costly books of reference for the use of numerous Editors in preparing their respective volumes. The result has proved the correctness and sound judgment of the Committee. But although they shrunk from adopting the proposed New Translations’ Scheme, they generously offered their best advice and assistance. Without hesitation or delay, he at once undertook the whole labour and pecuniary expenditure, and from that time, all the anxious and laborious duties of Editorial Secretary, Conductor, and Treasurer of the entire Scheme devolved upon him. From the establishment of the Society in 1843—now a period of twelve years—he has, from year to year, unshrinkingly provided the whole of the funds necessary for the preparation, Editorial Superintendence, and publication of this very extensive Series, at present consisting of Forty-Eight large Octavo Volumes. This has been done on such a liberal scale, and the works have been produced in such a style and at such cost, that the super-expenditure since 1843, (over and above all Subscriptions and sales of the books,) now amounts to upwards of Three Thousand Pounds.
From the commencement of the year 1844, there has never been fewer than Ten and frequently Twelve Volumes steadily kept in progress in the hands of able and learned Editors, to provide for the regular and uninterrupted supply of carefully elaborated and revised materials. This fact will, of itself, shew to such of our Subscribers as are not conversant with such matters, the great difficulties, outlays, and perplexities attending the publication of Works on so great a scale of magnitude. From first to last he has received no pecuniary aid from Members, excepting in two instances, where double subscriptions have been transmitted for the last three or four years, by kind and considerate Members who were desirous of shewing, in this manner, the interest they take in the successful termination of the Scheme, and the expression of their individual sympathy, by contributing thus far towards the reduction of these oppressively large outlays.
The Secretary trusts that it is only necessary to let these few and simple facts be known to the Subscribers at large, to induce them, and other well-wishers of such undertakings as the present, to take a much warmer and heartier interest in the increased circulation of complete Sets of the Works. With a little organization and management, and without the necessity of pecuniary advance by those who shall be disposed to give hearty assistance, it is certain that at least 350 or 400 Sets of the Works could readily be disposed of by Members, individually, or by the operations of a regularly organized and active Committee. It is hoped that every one who is desirous of promoting this object will cheerfully cooperate in enlarging the numbers of our Subscribers and promoting the sale of the Publications by every means in their power.
Since the last Annual Report was circulated, the Secretary begs most gratefully to announce that in May 1854 a large and influential Committee has been instituted in London; and he has the pleasure of annexing a Paper which has, within the last few days, been prepared for general circulation, in the hope that similar Committees may be formed in other quarters for the furtherance of the same object, and that individual Subscribers may likewise be induced to take a livelier interest in the generous exertions and anticipations of the friends of the Society in London.
An earnest Appeal is therefore once more made to EACH SUBSCRIBER to lend his utmost influence and systematic personal support towards the extension of the Sale of complete Sets of the Calvin Society’s Publications, and the increase of its regular Members.
There are comparatively few individuals who could not prevail on one or more of their friends to join our Scheme, or at least influence others who have the means; while others who have the direction of Parish, Congregational, Vestry or Lending Libraries, Religious Societies, Reading Clubs, and other Public Institutions, might effect the purchase of the whole Series for their respective Libraries. Other Subscribers might, individually, or with the pecuniary assistance of a few private friends, present Sets of the Works to their own Ministers, to Missionary Societies, to deserving Students of Divinity, or to Religious Institutions, and private friends.
A few honourable and praiseworthy instances may be given at random from the Subscription Lists of the Society, in illustration of this efficient mode of increasing the circulation of these Books:—
The Free Church of Scotland have regularly supplied Six Missionaries on their Indian Scheme, and Four Missionaries employed in the Conversion of the Jews, since the institution of this Society—with complete Sets of the Works.—Private individuals have likewise generously presented Sets to the London City Mission; Religious Tract Society; Stepney College; Homerton College; Liverpool Sunday Institute; Madeira Library; Parker Society; Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Colleges, at Trevecca and Bala; St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford; King’s College, Aberdeen; Theological Library, Marischal College, Aberdeen; Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews; Theological Library, Edinburgh College; Free Church College, Edinburgh; Baptist College, Bristol; Presbytery of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Divinity College, Belfast; Diocesan Library, Cashel; Dean and Chapter Library, Peterborough; Rotherham College; Edinburgh Select Subscription Library; Edinburgh Philosophical Institution; Presbyterian Board of Publication, United States; Clerical Libraries, at Lancaster, Stockport, Lincoln’s-Inn-Fields, &c.; The Young Men’s Christian Association in London, and the kindred Association of that name in Dublin—while numerous Sets are regularly transmitted to Colleges in America, and to Missionaries in India, China, New Zealand, &c. Besides these, it is gratifying to mention that the Public Religious Institutions, Vestry and Parish Libraries, and Book Clubs, who subscribe from their own respective funds, have of late been gradually increasing in number.
The value and importance of Calvin’s Commentaries are now much more widely known and acknowledged; and very many individuals have joined the Society, within the last few years, who have frankly declared that at the origin of this Society they refrained from subscribing, because they were quite ignorant of the true character and merit of Calvin’s Writings. They therefore patiently watched the progress of our Works until they were thoroughly satisfied with their evangelical soundness, as well as their inestimable value to Ministers, in their private studies, as well as in preparing for the pulpit.
Before closing this Report, it may be noticed that the Books of the concluding year of the Calvin Society, have for a considerable time been in steady and satisfactory progress in the hands of our indefatigable and learned Translators and Editors. It is expected that the two Issues for 1855, will be delivered in the months of August and December, when the Society’s Series of Calvin’s Works will extend to Fifty-two large Octavo Volumes.
Receipts for the Subscription due on the First day of January1855, will be ready at the Office in Edinburgh previous to the close of this year, so as to be transmitted in course of post to Subscribers, or their Correspondents or Agents, sending the remittances, which, for the sake of greater security, are requested to be uniformly made, not in Cash or Bank Notes, but by Post-Office Orders, Bank Bills, or Cheques, payable to the Secretary.
*∗* It will be esteemed as a personal favour, and will likewise greatly tend to alleviate the present pressure, if Subscribers will kindly forward their Subscriptionsas early as convenient.
ROBERT PITCAIRN, Acting and Editorial Secretary.
Calvin Society’s Office, 9, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh,December 30, 1854.
1st January 1855. PUBLICATION OF CALVIN’S WORKS.
|ROMANS, (Old English Version.) — TRACTS, Vol. I. (completed,)||First Issue.|
|ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, (Old English Version.) Vols. I. & II. (completed,)||Second Issue.|
|INSTITUTES, Vol. I. — HARMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS, Vol. I.,||Third Issue.|
|INSTITUTES, Vol. II. — PSALMS, Vol. I.,||Fourth Issue.|
|HARMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS, Vols. II. & III.,||Fifth Issue.|
|INSTITUTES, Vol. III. (completed.) — PSALMS, Vol. II.,||Sixth Issue.|
|TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS, Vols. I. & II.,||Seventh Issue.|
|JOHN’S GOSPEL, Vol. I. — PSALMS, Vol. III.,||Eighth Issue.|
|TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS, Vol. III. — GENESIS, Vol. I.,||Ninth Issue.|
|PSALMS, Vol. IV. — JOHN’S GOSPEL, Vol. II. (completed,)||Tenth Issue.|
|TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS, Vol. IV. — CORINTHIANS, Vol. I.,||Eleventh Issue.|
|PSALMS, Vol. V., (completed.) — EZEKIEL, Vol. I.,||Twelfth Issue.|
|TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS, Vol. V., (comp.) — CORINTHIANS, Vol. II., (comp.)||Thirteenth Issue.|
|ROMANS, (New Translation—completed.) — TRACTS, Vol. II.,||Fourteenth Issue.|
|ISAIAH, Vol. I. — EZEKIEL, Vol. II., (completed,)||Fifteenth Issue.|
|JEREMIAH, Vol. I. — GENESIS, Vol. II., (completed,)||Sixteenth Issue.|
|TRACTS, Vol. III. — PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, THESSALONIANS, (completed,)||Seventeenth Issue.|
|JEREMIAH, Vol. II. — ISAIAH, Vol. II.,||Eighteenth Issue.|
|HARMONY OF THE PENTATEUCH, Vol. I. — DANIEL, Vol. I.,||Nineteenth Issue.|
|ISAIAH, Vol. III. — JEREMIAH, Vol. III.,||Twentieth Issue.|
|DANIEL, Vol. II., (completed.) — HARMONY OF THE PENTATEUCH, Vol. II.,||Twenty-First Issue.|
|ISAIAH, Vol. IV. — HEBREWS, (completed,)||Twenty-Second Issue.|
|HARMONY OF THE PENTATEUCH, Vol. III. — JEREMIAH, Vol. IV.||Twenty-Third Issue.|
|GALATIANS and EPHESIANS, (completed.)—JOSHUA, &c. (completed,)||Twenty-Fourth Issue.|
|HARMONY OF THE PENTATEUCH, Vol. IV., (completed,)||Twenty-Fifth Issue.|
|JEREMIAH, Vol. V., and LAMENTATIONS, (completed,)|
|TIMOTHY, TITUS, and PHILEMON, (completed,)||Twenty-Sixth Issue.|
|PETER, JOHN, JAMES, and JUDE, (completed,)|
*∗* The Works for the year 1855, which are in active preparation, will (D. V.) be issued in August and December, (1855,) and CLOSE THE PRESENT SERIES.
OFFICE OF THE CALVIN SOCIETY, 9, NORTHUMBERLAND ST., EDINBURGH. Robert Pitcairn, F.S.A. Scot.,Secretary.
THE CALVIN TRANSLATION SOCIETY.
instituted in may m.dccc.xliii.
FOR PUBLICATION OF TRANSLATIONS OF THE WORKS OF JOHN CALVIN.
annual subscription, one pound, payable in advance on 1st january. four volumes: circulated in two half-yearly issues.
TO BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 1855.
Arting and Editorial Secretary, Robert Pitcairn, F.S.A. Scot. Calvin Office, 9, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh.