Warfield in an article in the Presbyterian Review stated the doctrine
[inerrancy] is not concerned with the accuracy of our present Bible, but
interests itself in affirming a perfection of the original autographs which
has in some cases at least been lost in transmission …. None the less does the new theory depart widely from the confessional doctrine. That the Word of God as we now have it in Scripture is infallible … this is the affirmation of the Confession. Its interest is in the present Bible for present purposes, and those purposes are practical purposes. That an inerrant autograph once existed is a speculative assertion, interested in establishing a supposed perfection which no longer exists, and which may conceivably (and even probably) never be recovered (Smith 1893:144).