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The plan proposed, in the introduction to the first volume of this work, was “to give, perhaps in each number, a short sermon ; to insert essays on doctrinai and practical subjects; to expound difficult and important passages of scripture ; to admit a free, though somewhat limited discussion of controverted points in divinity ; to review religious publications; to answer questions, solve casts of conscience and exemplify experinental and practical religion, by sketches of the lives of persons distinguished for piety and usefulness. For the gratification of such readers, as may not have access to other sources c information, an abstract of Religious Intelligence is proposed, and the usual notices of Ordinations, Anniversaries of Charitable Societies, acd new Publications.” The above plan the Tiitor has kept in his cyc, and has endeavored to cxecute it, so far as his means and talents love enabled him. He is sensible, that the execution has been imperoet ; perhaps more so, than his readers expected ; certainly more so, than he could have wished. This has been owing, in addition to his own want of ability and leisure, to the limited aid he has received from correspondents and contributors to the work. It is hoped, however, that the contents of the first volume, are such, as to assord some satisfaction to that portion of the religious community, who have had coportunity to pcruse it, and such as not altogether to disappoint their reasonable expectations. It will be a source of giateful reflection to the Editor, "Yif he may indulge the belief, that his labours have contributed, in any o degree, to the instruction and edification of Christians, or that they -- have been instrumental, by a divine blessing, in any instance, of turning sinners from the error of their ways to the wisdom of the Just. o The peculiar difficulties, attending the commencement of such a o work, if not entirely removed, are greatly dominished. The imperstance of a cheap, periodical publication, which shell admit a free discussion of all the essential doctrines of the gospel, is more and —o more felt by the friends of truth. The connection between principle and practice—between corr ct speculation in divinity and erprimental religion and vital godliness, is, by many, more clearly perceived and Runderstood. It is believed, that the prejudices, so artfully excited, and so industriously spread, against the system of sentinents, denominated Y Isopkinsian, are gradually softening and melling away before the orgys of truth ; and that, ere ions, it will be generally secon and acknowledged, that this system, so much vilified and contemned, is the only genuine, consistent and defencible Calvinism. And when this ... is seen and acknowledged, all objections against the name, will van, ish away. That this appellation is less ambiguous and more discrimi* nating, than any other, assumed by orthodox Christians, it is presumed, will not be questioned ; and for this reason, it is both more oilen

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