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parts locally uninteresting to us, before the American public, in a form that might be generally useful. May the blessing of Him who maketh truly rich, attend the undertaking, and render it productive of many permanently beneficial effects to every reader.

I have been somewhat at a loss to know which part of the Magazine to take hold of first; to select all that is excellent would be little short of taking the whole. I have finally commenced with the Evangelicana, a term recently adopted by the editor to include anecdotes, hints, and other detached papers; though I have by no means confined my selections to that department. From the nature of this work and the character of the original, which is above praise, it is hoped this little volume will prove a source of great entertainment to all who read it, and a peculiarly precious repast to the experimental followers of the Lamb. It has all the fascination and amusement of novelty and variety, while it communicates the most salutary and important instructions to the mind.

Some of the anecdotes and providential incidents, considered in themselves, may perhaps be thought not sufficiently meritorious to be publicly useful, but when viewed in connexion with the improvement which is made of such apparently trivial circumstances, there is not an article, it is believed, in the work, but will be found interesting to all who duly observe the providences of God, and love the Divine character and government. These events, however remarkable, are not related merely to gratify the curiosity, and excite the wonder and admiration of the reader; but are designed to shew the universal and constant care of our heavenly Father over his children, to set forth the unsearchable riches of his grace and compassion to the vilest of sinners, to comfort and encourage the excellent of the earth, to enlighten the ignorant, and reform the vicious.

In regard to arrangement, I have followed the order of the magazine generally. Several scraps of the muses are interspersed, though not systematically, I hope not incongruously, in various parts of the work. I am sensible some of these and several other articles might have been more happily located; but as the work professes to be only a miscellaneous compilation, a studied method has been purposely avoided.

The intrinsic merit of the following address to the Magazine soon after its first publication, although perhaps not exactly apposite, sufficiently apologizes for its application to the Gospel Treasury.

« Go, little book, without delay,
Direct the careless to the way

That leads te joys above.
Spread fa.' and wide the Savior's name;
The freeness of his grace proclaim,

And sweetness of his love.
While hell with all its legions roar'd,
Tell how his blood he freely pour'd,

To save poor ruin'd man.
Point sinners to his bleeding wounds;
Say how his love exceeds all bounds

That mortal eyes can scan.
Go, little book, and do not shun
T' invite the wretched and undone

To Christ the sinner's friend;
His fulness from his greatness shew;
Let publicans and harlots know

How wide his arms extend.
To such as long his love to see,
Hold forth salvation full and free;

For them it is design'd.
Say to the fearful, haste away;
Now is the welcome gospel day;

Seek now, and you shall find.”

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Paul plants, Apollos waters, God giveth the increase. To Him be glory for ever.

WILLIAM COLLIER. Charlestown, April, 1809.

P.S. This volume will be found an amusing and profitable companion for travellers. The size is convenient for carriage. Price $1.

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envy

Impartiality

The coming of the Lord

Peculiar support to a faithful, tried minister

Impromptu, by a lady

On the Holy Spirit

An answer to an important inquiry

The Socinian

Death , a vision

A sight of Christ

Friendly advice to parents

The bantering deist

The wilful liar s dreadful appeal

A solemn calculation

Comparison of hopes

A free paraphrase on the Lord's prayer

On searching the Scriptures

Wise reply of a pious archbishop

Happy deliverance of a young man who had been long under,

Divine convictions

Good advice to a young minister

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Female ornament recommended

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A remarkable experience

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An affectionate address to a young Christian

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Conversion of a farmer

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Fenelon

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Masillon

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Religion

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Singular conversion

89

Mercy and judgment

91

A thought on death

The sealing of the Holy Spirit

Singular conversion of a widow's profligate son

Conjugal affection in an inhabitant of Otaheite

Forgiveness of injuries recommended, and the religion of the Ko.

ran and the Bible contrasted

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Two singular conversions, occasioned by a striking providence 104

The testimony of a learned Rabbi, that Jesus is the true Messiah 109

The Christian's country

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Messiah shall bruise the head of the serpent

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Judicious reproof

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The skater

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God's paternal care over his children

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Ministerial accounts at the great day

114

Cicero

115

Signs of a living, or growing Christian

116

Signs of a dying, or decaying Christian

119

Solemn admonition to ministers

121

The unknown God wonderfully revealing himself to a poor pagan 123

Letter of a dying soldier

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The law and gospel contrasted

129

Dying confession of a saint

130

On being present at the happy death of a saint

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Sacred arithmetic

131

Sententious selections

132

Perspicuity of the gospel

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Deathbed Observations of Mr. Shepherd to young ministers 135

On laying aside our eyes

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Inconstancy....a fragment

134

Key to the Old Testament

135

For a lady's sampler

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On the sensitive plant

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The Christian hero

141

The benefit of religious society

142

Satan's charge, and the sinner's discharge

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The loss of the soul irrecoverable

143

We would see Jesus....a fragment

144

Dr. Guise

145

Dr. Gill

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Journey of life

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Celestial prospects

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Necessity of sending the gospel to the heathen

152

Encouragement to send the gospel to the heathen

153

Love of Christ

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A seasonable hint to many

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Verses composed for a company of singers, at an annual feast

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