- Johann Albrecht Bengelius (1687-1752) was a noted German theologian, whose works of biblical criticism aroused considerable interest. Source: Chamber's Biographical Dictionary (1935).
From J. Robertson at Pitcomb near Bruton, Somerset, to the Foundery, London. He is afraid that the account, Charles received of Bengelius's [Johann Albrecht Bengel] death is true, or Robertson would have heard from him before now. He is now thinking of other ways of acquiring copies of Bengel's works, and it occurred to him that Charles might be able to help through his acquaintance with several German gentlemen [?Moravians] in London. Robertson has no special claim to Charles's assistance except 'your universal charity'. The books he is after are the smaller edition of The New Testament at Stutgard, Harmony of the Evangelists and The Exposition of the Apocalypse. These are the books which he is most keen to acquire, but if he can find an easy way to get copies then he would be interested in other titles, namely his edition of St Chrysostom de Sacerdotio, Gregor ??? and Isidori Charissii Logothete Theologia in numeris.
It is about three years since Robertson first employed Mr Changuin the French bookseller to get the above mentioned works but without success. If Charles's German acquaintances could suggest a German bookseller who Changuin might liaise with, that may be a way around the problem.
As Charles requested, Robertson will inform him 'of any emendations of our translation of the [scriptures] that occurred to me; I will give you a specimen as far as my paper will go, in the [missing word] I thought of these & wrote them down for you' - there follows a very detailed passage of biblical criticism which continues over the page. Included is a discussion of Bengel's calculations which lead to a date of June 18th 1836 as the day when the Beast foretold by the book of Revelation will be destroyed.