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Connecticut Evangelical Magazine,
CONSISTING OF TWELVE NUMBERS, TO BE
FROM JULY 1801 TO JUNE 1802.
THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS MAGAZINE
AMONG THE HEATHEN.
HARTFORD : PRINTED BY HUDSON AND GOODWIN, FOR THE EDITORS.
PRE FAC E.
E NCOURAGED by the liberal patronage given to the first volume
of the Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, the Editors are induced fp enter on the publication of a second. The same general plan will be pursued, and it will be their aim to render the work interesting and useful. To communicate instruction upon the great truths and do&rines of religion, to comfort and edify the people of God, and to interest the pious mind by exhibiting displays of the grace and mercy of God, rather than to amuse the speculatist and entertain the curious, are the obječts of this work. For the accomplifoment of these purposes, it will be feen that Efays written in a foort, interesting manner, judicious narratives of revivals of religion, accounts of remarkable Providences; and biographical sketches are better adapted, than labored disquisitions on speculative points. To the success of a work of this kind variety is ellential ; the Editors therefore hope their brethren in the ministry, and others who wifo to promote the cause of truth and piety, will cheerfully communicate original pieces on the various subje&s mentioned in the plan of the Magazine.
The present is not a period for indolence or indifference in the cause of the great Redeemer. Such are the signs of the times, as to call for the most vigorous exertions. The Prince of darkness is more than usually aotive ; and at the same time the Lord of glory appears to be creating a standard against him. “ Profligacy of manners abounds ; and infidelity. 65 affumes a formidable appearance, walking through the earth with gigan“ tic. Arides, and threatning the destruktion of every virtuous principle. « Religion, on the other hand, gradually prevails, and the Son of God 6 seems to be preparing the course of events for her final triumph.” The late revivals of religion in so many parts of our land ; an incrcahing spirit of piety among the serious people in various parts of Europe ; and the engagedness manifested by so many, both in America and Europe, to fend Miffonaries to places where the gospel is not at all or but imperfectly cnjoy. ed, lead to the animating consideration that the Redeemer ftill fits as king upon the holy bill of Sion, and that the gates of hell will not be suffered to prevail against his church.
In a word, such are the present appearances of things, that it may be faid, there is much to excite hope, to alarm fear, to encourage the Saints and servants of God to the utmost diligence, and to induce all to addrefs. the father of mercies, in fervent prayer and humble supplication for the