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In the Preface to our twentieth volume", we took a retrospective glance of the general character and events of the fifth part of a century which had then rolled away since we commenced our humble labours. We were enabled to present to our readers, if not a scene glowing with unmingled radiance, yet, upon the whole, such a brightening prospect, in respect to the progress of light and liberty, of humanity and public happiness, of Cliristian principles and Christian zeal, as served to relieve the many darker shades in the sketch, and to give the assurance of the approach of a more perfect day. No devout reader, we are persuaded, can look back upon the establishment and rapid advance of those benign institutions to which we then adverted, or can contemplate their continued and accelerated progress as recorded even in the succinct digests of our present volume, without feelings of delight and admiration; without lively gratitude to the Author of every good gift, for his manifold mercies to a guilty and perishing world ; without fervent prayer that his ways may be speedily koown upon earth, his saving health unto all nations; and, in addition to all, without invigorated zeal, and renewed exertions, and warmer love, and more expanded liberality in forwarding this glorious consummation. If during the last year, we bave had the melancholy task of recording wars and rumours of wars; if we have had to lament instances of political selfishness, or crooked policy, or unjust encroachment, or the sacrifice of Christian sympathy and duty at the shrine of a doubtful and short-sighted expediency; if in any instances we have seen power overstrained or popular liberty abused; if we have witnessed the opposition between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness becoming more fearfully conspicuous, and the latter on any occasion triumphing for a moment over the former; if amidst our domestic events we have had to regret the continuauce of distress in some agricultural districts, or the afflictions of the sister kingdom of Ireland, or the awful end of a distinguished statesman, or the removal of many faithful servants of God from their labours on earth to their reward in heaven; if many of our poor are still uneducated, and left destitute of Christian instruction: if our Sabbaths are still polluted; if many blots still remain in our legislation ; if vice, irreligion, and blasphemy still continue to distil their venom; and if some of those who should be most anxious to repress them are wasting their energies, and afflicting their country, in arresting the great march of improvement, in denouncing whatever is projected or achieved, except by themselves, to train the uninstructed, to reform the prisoner, to disenthral the slave, to reclaim the vicious, to civilize the barbarian, to christianize the heathen, and to enlighten and bless mankind; and if even in the Christian church itself wbere far the largest share of disinterested zeal and virtue ought to be expected, and where we are happy to believe a large share really exists, not a few of the above evils are to be found;-if the consideration of subjects like these has too often forced itself upon us in the course of our periodical labours during another year; still while we reflect on the many facts of an opposite tendency which we have had the privilege of recording, and on the powerful influences which, under the Divine favour, are at work for the lasting benefit of the world, we are disposed to “thank God and take courage." It is certainly a blessing of no inconsiderable magnitude to have had another year of peace; to have witnessed an increase of national prosperity ; to have seen our poor eating cheap bread and clothed with cheap clothing, and all ranks, with the exception before mentioned,
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enjoying a large share of the comforts of life ;- but what to our minds is still more deliglitrul, because it is as it were ibe seed-bed of far wider and more numerous blessings 10 fulure generations, is the growth of that religious aadi moral zeal, of that spirit of disinterested philaothropy, of Ibai desire for universal peace and happiness, and of tliat disposition to conciliation and concord, which are now evidently in powerful operation, both in our own island and in many other parts of the world. Seldom, we are happy to stale, las a year gone by within the period of our labour's less mua ked by acrimonious jeligious cont.oversies among good men than the present; and we would sincerely hope ihat this abatement of liostility (would that thcie had not been some exceptions !) does not arise from mere accident, but that it is a consequence of the growing prevaleuce of sciipural principles of love, piery, and candour. It is refresbing to behold Chrisiians ovu stering withi united strengih “ lo the battle of the Lord against the mighty;" and shat not only in Great Britain, or, among those who speak a common language wiih'us on the western side of the Ailantic, (iowa dls whom a valued correspondent in our pages has endeavourer, in au interesting series of papers, to awaken just feelings of regard and co-operation, but thai, even in less free and less religious countries, Christian principles are widely extending; that even Souih America is spurning ignorance and slavery from ber soil ; that Africa is opening her bosom lo civilizaiion and the Gospel of Peace; thal Asia is rising io new life, under the beams of the Sun of lighteousness; and above all, ibat Eui ope is almost every where enlisting Christians of every name under ihe common banner of Their Lord and Saviour for the distribution of his divine word, and the estension of liis peaceful triumphs, wherever man and misery are to be found.
What may be the results of these opeuing scenes of universal peace and holiness, or when we may witness their development, we dare not trust ourselves 10 predict; nor will we at present clieck the glow of feeling which must ai ise, in every Christian mind, at the anticipation of these blessings, by au enumeration of the many formidable obstacles which still lie in ile way of their altainment, and which require the constant prayers and exertions of the Christiau world to remove. We will raiher conclude our remarhs wirb al once congratulating and exhorting ibe younger part of our seaders, who are, we trust, destined not only to behold but largely to share iu tbese triumplis of mercy and religion. Many lo whom our earlier volumes were introduced in childhood and youth, perhaps by pious and affectionale parents who have since“ ceased from their labouis," and “whose works follow them,” are now among the active members of another generation, and are witnessing new succession growing up around them to supply ile places which they also must sool relinquish. On this interesting class of persons wuch depends, What their fathers laboured, through good report and evil report, to begin, it is their happier lot to follow up with brighter and more animating prospecis. These sous and daughter's “of sainted sires" constitute a large and important body of per:ons whose conduct will be measured, not by the world merely, but by the Searcher of hearis, according to the instruccions they have received, and the privileges they bave enjoyed; and double will be their guilt and shaure, if Ivey recede from the ScripTural priuciples in which they were educated, or oeglect the duties 10 which they were so anxiously trained. Let Them then resolve first: “ 10 give themselves to the Lord;" and then let iliem come forward prepared 10 11ead in the steps of those who taught them bow to walk and io please God, and resolved to carry towards perfection what the brevity of buwan life, and ile feebleuess of individual effort enabled those who have gone before only to plan and to commence.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
On Moral Preacuing ...
15 Family Sermon on Jer. vii. 4 1.11
Law Clerksiip to Graduales.... 23 Journey through N. America
Chalmers's Economy, No. VII. 39 Drawing Lois ..
tress; Ireland ..
64 North American Indians (con.
Society for Suppression of Vice 135
80 Ireland ........
Miscel.-Ilenry Martyn defended.. 80
Modern Popish Miracles
89 Relig. Com.-- Lise of Rev. J. W.
Rep. of-Ramsay's Inquiry
Owen's t'eport ...
ib. Faniily Sermon on Luke xxiii. 40. 205
Hints for Sunday Schools ib. Vo Rom. i. 19, 20.
Chalmers's Economy, No. VIII. 105 Calvary..
Lit. Inirl. – Cambridge-Humane Calvary
117 Miscel. Moral Estimate of Para-
Vaccine E tablishment
118 dise Lost
flerculaneum dianuscripts ib. Providential Arrangements in
Relig. Iiel.-Church Missionary So. On the Reports of Societies.... 221
120 Rev. 04-Hoare's Sernions
Society for poor pious Clergymen 123 The Pirate (continued)
123 Lit. Intel.-New Works St. Da.
Spain; Slave Trade
ib. vid's Society
ib. Ireland --Poland-Rossia-Unit-
Miscel.—Estimate of Milton's Para. Peterboroughi Questions 402
dise Lost (concluded)........ 278 Family Sermon on 1 Cor. jii. 11. 407
Lit. Intel.-New Works--- Oxford
Westminster Abbey- Aptedilu. Woodd's Metrical Version... ib.
Turkey-South America.... 325 Sandwich Islands...
346 Miscel.-Jonrney through North
Quaker Address on Slave Trade 348 Purchasing Ecclesiastical Pre-
Coinage-St. Pancras Church
382 Lit. Intel.-New Works- Popular
Relig. Intel.–Society for Propaga- Portugal.
Society for Christian Knowledge 527 Ecclesiastical Preserments.
King's Visit to Scotland...... 533 Miscel-Journey through North
Indulgence in Literature
553 United States—“ The Gospel Ad-
A Time to dance
563 Relig. Intel.-Christianity in the
596 Pub. Aff-France
Letter of Dr. O'Shaughnessy
602 Relig. Com.-Memoir of Dr. Dehon
Family Sermon on Ephes. ii. 4—7 619 America (continued)
Lit. Intel.-New Works.
664 Relig. Intel.–Church Missionary So.