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ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE CIVIL AND NATURAL HISTORY
BY REFERENCE TO THE
MANNERS, CUSTOMS, RITES, TRADITIONS, ANTIQUITIES,
THE BIBLE CYCLOPÆDIA is at length laid before the Public in a complete form, and precisely in accordance with the terms of the Prospectus, so far as relates to the extent and contents of the work. But this is not done by the hands of the individual by whom the work was commenced. The original Editor was the late lamented William GOODHUGH, a scholar and a critic no less qualified for the task by his learning and his abilities, than by his unostentatious piety and truly Christian spirit*.
From the period of commencing his labours (for which, indeed, he had long previously been making preparations,) Mr. Goodhugh devoted himself with zeal and fidelity, and with all the energy he could command, to the fulfilment of the duties he had undertaken. His powers were, however, grievously depressed by the influence of a failing constitution, aggravated, no doubt, by anxiety and application, and his labours were wholly suspended during frequent intervals of bodily suffering and utter helplessness.
From these causes the progress of the work was from time to time delayed, until at length, when he had accomplished about three-fourths of the whole, it pleased a wise and merciful Providence to take him from amongst us.
On the occurrence of this melancholy event, Dr. Taylor came forward, and generously contributed his learning, his talents, and his influence, to the completion of the work. For the manner in which this acceptable service was rendered, the Publisher records his thanks, and an account of what he has done is subjoined in the Doctor's own words:
“ The proprietors entrusted me with the superintendence of the work, under circumstances which required me to seek a larger share of external aid than my predecessor had obtained; and I am bound gratefully to acknowledge my deep obligations to my fellow-labourers for the promptitude with which they responded to my call, and the ability with which they executed the several articles assigned to them. By their general consent, I am requested particularly to mention the name of the lady whose articles, bearing the signature M., are equally remarkable for the extent of the Biblical and Rabbinical learning which they display, and the spirit of unostentatious piety by which they are animated. The name of this richly-gifted lady is Mrs. Mackesy, of Clashmore Rectory, in Ireland; to a sound and extensive knowledge of the original language, she unites a taste to appreciate the beauties of Sacred Literature, and a devotional feeling
• Mr. Goodhugh was the author of the article on Bellamy's Translation of the Bible, in the Quarterly Review, and also of a volume entitled Motives to the Study of Biblical Literature.