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For the YEAR 1790.
CONSISTING CHIEFLY OF
Printed for the AUTHOR: and fold at the New-Chapel, City-Road,
To the REA DE R.
HAVING juft received the following Letter from
a Friend, I think it proper to communicate it to the public.
Confidering the Nature of a Magazine, and the variety of persons through whom This in particular circulates; confidering how various they are in their capacity, in their judgment, in their taste, and in their degrees of fpiritual light and understanding: a little reflection may convince us, that in the very nature of things, it is impoffible to please all! Nay, one might venture to fay, to please half, or even one third of our Readers. Perhaps among five thousand fubfcribers, not even five would be found to agree in their judgment and tafte with refpe&t to all the articles of this, or any other Magazine.
"I believe we might apply in this instance, as well as in many others, the fable of Jupiter and the Countryman, who petitioned him concerning the weather: When our Subscribers shall all agree, what kind of Magazine they would have, you may promise, "They fhall have it." Some, doubtlefs, would delight in what
what is as dull as Sternhold and Hopkins: others in what is as fublime as Milton or Young. Yea, however you could combine the utile and the dulce together, yet could not please all.
"Some years fince it was objected to the Magazines, "that they confifted of too few. Articles," being ufually about twelve. Objections of an oppofite nature, have been made of late years; namely; that each confifts of too many; perhaps three or four and twenty. In order to avoid both extremes, may not a medium be obferved; and each Magazine generally confift of about fixteen or eighteen Articles? You will excufe, I doubt not,
what I have written, as you fee my intention."ex
I perfectly agree with this advice, and purpose it shall Bud be taken for the time to come.
For JANUARY 1790.
An Illuftration of Part of the Seventh Chapter of the Epiftle to the Romans, from verfe 14, to the end of the Chapter.
By JAMES SMITH, Minifter in DUMFERMLINE.
SINCE the days of Auguftine, down to the prefent age,
many have been of opinion, that St. Paul's account of the carnal man, in the feventh chapter of his epifle to the Romans, is a true account of his condition even after his converfion. Accordingly this paffage hath become the ftan dard, by which Chriftians are directed to try their interest in Chrift; and the illustration of a good man's character is frequently taken from it. According to that opinion, every part in this paffage is, at all times, applicable to the most eminent in the family of God, and the whole paffage, from the 14th verfe to the end of the chapter, contains the clearest marks of a true Chriftian. This is the prefent opinion of the generality of Prefbyterians in Scotland.