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MONITOR,

DESIGNED

TO IMPROVE THE TASTE,

THE

UNDERSTANDING,

AND

The Heart.

VOL. II.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY CUMMINGS, HILLIARD, & CO..

HILLIARD AND METCALF PRINTERS.

VARVASB COLLEGE LIBRARY :: 1858, drowe 27 beliD. ::

rtusse vit. Parker, Lamy

PREFACE. of Cambridge,

Ar the commencement of this volume we expressed our deter: mination to lend our most cordial and efficient cooperation to measures designed to facilitate the acquisition of religious knowledge in Bible classes. At its close, while we review the year and find much cause of regret that no more has been done or even attempted for reclaiming a revolted and wretched race; we can and must rejoice that such powerful and extended impulse has been imparted to Bible class measures. While thousands of youth have been this year collected around their Pastors, and inestimable advantages have been flowing from such auxiliary ineans to the public services of the sanctuary, a broad foundation has also been laid for future years. The measures taken by the Pastoral Association and the General Association of Massachusetts ; by the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church, and by the General Association of New Hampshire, are pledges that the friends of zion will not rest, till all the young people of our land shall have · the opportunity of attending at the Bible class lecture. If our pages, or our efforts have in any humble measure contributed to these results, we shall esteein it our highest honour and our most exalted privilege. Nor dare we wholly to desist from labours in this particular part of the vineyard, till more able and energetic instruments shall be raised up for these specifick duties.

We would again return thanks to correspondents and to patrons, believing that the former have been rising in the merit of their contributions, and the latter in the interest they have felt in the perusal of our numbers.

Believing that important advantages would result from an union of the Monitor and Guardian, the Editors and Publishers of the two works have made arrangements for their union after the present volume. The particular excellercies of each plan will be retained and original articles from both the Editors will continue to be inserted. The terms will be the same as before, and suba scribers to either will be considered as patrons of the united work, wbich will be issued monthly from Boston and New Haven, the first of the month.

Boston, Dec. 1824.

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Address before a Sabbath calculated to pre
School

172 good moral Influere 2009
- Extracts of Dr. Hum-

Contentment

· phrey's Inaugural 61 Corals and Corallines

- New Year's

1 Correspondents 36, 72, log,

Advice to youth on the 144, 180, 216, 252, 324, 3011,

Choice of Company 73 396, 428

Affectionate Remembrance 34 Creation

382

Affluence of Authors and Deaf and Dumb, Seventh

Editors

214 Report of the American

African, persevering Indus-

Assylum for the

try of an

105 Death bed

268

Age, old, compared with Death of a younger sister 305
youth and middle age 174 Depravity, human

143

Agonizing Occurrence 285 Dialogue between Helen Mirre

Allen, Col. E. Anecdote of 393 and Eliza

Almohdi, an eastern tale 93 136 Disease, the

Amusements, fashionable, 139 Diving Bell, description of a 28

worldly

132 Divine Agency, providential 253

Anecdotes, original 358 Duty of our Country : 275

Bible Class, Exercise of a 64 - to Parents

206
- - in Braintree

103 Eagle, Nat. Hist. of the 97

- -in Bridgwater 167 Earthquake in Chili, 308

- - in North Middleboro' 415 in Sicily

- - Instruction in N. York, Education, Strictures on

Advantages of

141 Female

Bible Classes

68 Letters on Female

-- Votes of the General Enterprise, the Magnitude

Association of Massachu-

of missionary

63

setts respecting them 281 Epitaph

288, 359

-- Measures of the Gen. Errors in religious Opinions,

Association of N. H. res Security against

197

pecting them

353 Essay, by a Member of a

- - Votes of the Gen. Sy. Bible Class

282
nod of the Dutch Re Evening

278
formed Church
246 an Extract

300

--in Salem

357, 418 Extracts, elegant

102

Bible, reading the

215 Faith in God illustrated, 392

- Societies, utility of 251 Fame, the Love of

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Biographical reading 341, 384 Filial Obedience

243, 273
Sketch

- 366, 399 Fire side, the
Bliss, earthly

388 Firmament, celestial

Byron, Lord

394 Fluellan and Antonio o

Christians almost 264, 313 Funeral, the

Christian, lukewarm, to the 209 Geology

Close of the Year

Gethsemane

Cold, extreme, effects of 27 Goodness is Beaut-4 DO
Company and Conversation 299 Gospel, Influence
Contemplation of Nature Grave of my Frie

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293
Jonata in sortance of

the Gift of-its Exer.

9:13 cise and Cultivation 361

Prosperity and Adversity 128

Questions

376 Reflections of a Missionary
lupagination, Poster of 69 op bis arrival at Jerusalem 35

121 Religion of Convenience 301
225 Report

354

249 Reproof .

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425 Reservation, the

109

218 Revivals in Religion, 91

213 Revivals

131

luvitaitu to Youths to join --- of Religion, value of 166

216 Robert, old

88

glede, useful, acquir Rogers, Dr. Anecdote of 319
325 Rush, Dr.

124

328 Sabbath, Sanctification of 248

324

the

391

333 School Libraries 248

142

Singing in 249

Light Reading, effects of 407 Samson, biograghical sketch

Loes on the Death of Mr.

107 Scriptures, Importance of

Lion, Generosity of the 99 the

310

Literary Notices 100, 107 Selfishness

409

Love one another

69 Sermon, a long

143

Mahonetanism, Influence of 165 Extracts from a

412

Mind's Index,

232 Select Sentances

424

Ministry, Influence of the signs of the Times

244

Cristian

85, 156 Sir Walter Raleigh, Verses

Monitory

321 by

Moon and Stars

158

floral Gem

252 Slander, the Sin of 393
Moses, the Death of

49 Sleeping too long, Folly of 127
Mourn, we love to

Social Affections, on the

Natural History 211, 279

Exercise of the

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214 Sodom, Destruction of 386

Pieces, long, on
25 Solitude i

346
Piety. Pleasures of 326 Spirit, on quenching the 316

200 Stork, the Nat. Hist of 59

first, confounded, the 68 Time, the universal Com-

Remarks on 234 - forter

395

efined and univer: Truth, Triumph of

289
5 Village Funeral

270
· Penitence, Pub Wedding, the

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39 Washington, General

ist's interces. Youth, the thoughtless

Spirits Aid 78 - the moral Crisis of Life 217

111 Hints to

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At the commencement of the year we have often thought of the young man's exclamation when he bad lost what was not his own! “ ALAS, MASTER, FOR IT WAS BORROWED !” In theory we readily admit that ALL we possess is only LENT US; but has this solemn truth habitually influenced our practice the past year ? Has it governed our past lives?

Fellow immortals,-fellow subjects of the moral gov. ernment of God; suffer us to commence our paper this year with a series of plain interrogations, in which editors and readers, young and old, are personally concerned. What use have we made of the TALENTS the KNOWLEDGE, the PROPERTY, the INFLUENCE and the TIME which God has LENT Us? In our present inquiries respecting our stewardship we shall only glance at the first four of these topics, and enlarge under the last

In the intellectual world we discover an inequality in the bestowment of Heaven's gifts; but the responsibility is proportionate to the intellect bestowed and the means of cultivating it enjoyed. Has God lent any of us vigorous intellectual powers, how have they been used? Have not some of us perverted them ? Have not all of us failed of employing them as actively for Goå as we might have done ? Alas, they were borrowed ! Nor may we plead the want of genius as the excuse for perverting or hiding ordinary mental powers. We are accountable, not only for the capacity of mind we actually possess, but for that expansion which we had the means of giving it, and for all which such a mind might have accomplished.

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