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BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG,

NO. 50, CORNHILL.
of whom any or all of the preceding volumes may be had; price bound 2,75; also, of
him may be had a general assortment of Religious and Miscellaneous Publications.
Dr. Scott's Family Bible at various prices, from $15 to $35 on hand.

1813.

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PREFACE. .

THE close of the year is, in many respects, a solemn period. At the return of every such period, an important part of human life is gone for ever, with all its hopes and fears, its opportunities and means of usefulness; its responsibilities and duties. We have not time, nor would this be a suitable place, to expatiate on the many and various topics, which present themselves to the mind. But there is one subject, which peculiarly demands of us thankful acknowledgments and prayerful examination. Another volume of our periodical work is now closed. To write for the public, or to present to them the writings of others, in however humble a sphere, involves no slight degree of responsibility, and should be regarded as a talent, which should be used with a constant reference to conscience and truth; to the law of God and the happiness of men. An obligation, in some measure correspondent to this, is imposed upon all readers. Wherever they find truth, they are bound to receive it. Not convinced by mere professions, they are to examine for themselves, and to seek and preserve a state of mind equally remote from unhallowed presumption on the one hand, and blind credulity on the other;—from a bigoted attachment to things not essential to religion, and a stupid indifference to divine truth.

Some readers may suppose, that too large a portion of our work has been devoted to the great efforts which are now making to Christianize the world. But, let it be considered, that the world has never seen such a day as this, that the holy flame, which has been kindling in a thousand places, does not yet burn with that strong aind all pervading lustre, which it will need to acquire, before it can illuminate and warın all the dark and dreary regions of the earth; and that many of the duties, which

respect to the extension of the kingdom of Christ among strangers and heathens, as well as in our own country, and in our more immediate sphere of action.

The attempts to reform the morals of our own country, and to repress and restrain gross vice, are also a part of the same great public-spirited exertion, in which it is a high honor and an imperious duty to engage. Our readers will have perceived, that our eyes have been steadily fixed on this object; and that we have considered it as worthy of the attention, and as demanding the co-operation of all classes of persons, who love their families, their country, their laws and institutions, or the welfare of mankind.

Our views and feelings in relation to other subjects discussed in this volume, might be stated without impropriety; but we choose to dismiss it, merely expressing our gratitude to that God, by whose merciful Providence it has been brought to a close, and to whose glory we earnestly pray that it may become directly subservient.

Boston, December, 1813.

INDEX

TO THE

ESSAYS, INTELLIGENCE, OCCURRENCES, &c.

comparede

s c Systems

Adam, etymological remarks on the Bible Society, New Orleans, forma-
name
- - - 216

tion of . . 236
Address of the Editor to the publici

- Russia, formation of 88
to the Christian Public on

Virginia, formation of 373
the subject of Missions and

constitution
Translations of the Scrip-

and circular letter of 376
tures - - - - 315 Bible. Are there any doctrines in it

to Subscribers and Patrons 47 contrary to reason - - 304
Admonition, Duty of - - 450 Birmah, religious intelligence con-
Advice to Parents . . 69 cerning

275,279
and Exhortation of Dr. Green Bombay, designs of Am. Miss. re-
to his people on resigning his specting - - - - 277
pastoral charge
289, 357 Bourbon island, - .

226
Alarming Fact . . . 547 Bristol Association in aid of Church
American Missionaries, intelligence Miss. Soc. .

573
from,**2 129 Broadhead Charles H. a child, inter- "**
- - Board of Commissioners esting account of . . 543
for Foreign Missions, Do. Brown Dr. Obituary sketch of

558
ings of, - - 267 Brunton Rev. Henry, notice of his

- pecuniary accounts of 282 death • - - - - 559
Anecdotes of intemperate persons, 103 Buck, Mr. Jonathan Sewall, Me-
Appleton's, [President,] Sermon re-

moirs of - - - - 433
view of

. - 416 Burder, Rev. George, extract of a
Arminian and Calvinistic Systems

letter from to the Treasurer
- - 492

of Am. Bo. Com. For. Miss. 92
Association, General [See General - letter from to the Rev. Dr.
Association.]

Morse - - - 155

Burning to Death precaution against 380
Babel, confusion of languages at, 111 Canada, mission at - - - 232
Barlow's Columbiad, review of 498

Cape of Good Hope, mission at 564
Baron Trenck's veracity - - 314 Cent Institution Donations to 90,139
Beecher's Sermon, review of 368,505

Ceylon, mission at - - 229,280
Beihary, mission at - - - 226

open to missionary exertions S18
Bellamy, Rev. Joseph D. D. review

Chalmer, Rev. Mr. speech at the In-
of his works, . . . 127 stitution of the Fife and Kinroos
Berbice, mission at . - ' 231

Bible Society -
Bible Society, British and Foreign,

420
Character of a minister of the Gospel,
ninth annual meeting
of - - - 181

225
Fife and Kinroos, Mr.

Charlestown Association, Circular let.
Chalmer's speech be-

ter of - - - - - 552
fore - - 420 Children, on the duty of edncating
General, Plan of one 356

them for the arduous services of the
Hampden, Constitu-

present iimes, - - - 153
tion and Circular let-
China, mission to ..

229
ter of - - 329

Chinese edict against Christianity 376
address of

371
Christianity in India

86,328,399
London, Northwest,

Christian moderation, remarks on 488
Aux. formation of 573

Christian Observer, strictures on an
Mississippi Territory,

article in - - - - 213
formation of . 235

Conferences, religious, thoughts
Nassau Hall, semi-

on, - - - - 73,106
annual meeting of 237

Confusion of languages at Babel 111
New Hampshire an-

Connecticut Society for promotion of
nual meeting of 284

good morals, constitution of

..

Charitable Bank

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