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him who is ever on the watch to sow discord among brethren. It would have beeti long before our various religious institutions would have recovered the shock given to public confidence, had the Bible Society, the most favoured of them all, been wrecked amidst the storm.
Among the topics which have pressed upon the public attention during the year, it was impossible that we could shut our eyes to the absorbing question of parliamentary reform. As Christian Observers, it was our duty to urge what appeared to us to be the right view of the matter, upon religious as well as merely political grounds; and we shrunk not from stating our conviction that it was just and necessary, and our hopes that it would prove beneficial. We are more than ever confirmed in the former point; and we trust, no! withstanding some passing clouds, that the nation will not be ultimately disappointed in the latter. Church reform, law Teform, the abolition of West-Indian slavery, and several other important matters which there was little hope of speedily and satisfactorily adjusting under the system of borough nomination, and the denial of the elective franchise to the major part of the wealth, intelligence, and morality of the country, seem now likely to be entered upon with promptitude and vigour. The chief danger will now be from the violence of evil disposed men who take advantage of popular feeling to blend what is good with what is evil, and to pull down and destroy, instead of repairing what is decayed. Against the devices of such men, every man who makes the word of God his standard of conduct ought to be vigilantly on his guard, otherwise our popular institutions will prove our ruin.
Of church reform we have said much, and we have much yet to say, and we therefore will not dilate upon the topic in this brief retrospect. On the plurality bill and some other measures of church reform we expressed an honest and decisive opinion, and events have more than justified all that we advanced. We have felt the difficulty, when such discussions have arisen, of speaking the truth without seeming to disparage persons or institutions which we delighted to honour; but the times required sincerity, and we do not believe that the way to support the church or its offirers is to cloke or palliate abuses.
The violation of the Lord's day, which is one of the most grievous sins of this nation, has been touched upon in our volume more than almost any other single topic during the year. We begin to have hopes that at length something will be effected, not only by private Christian effort, but by public opinion and by the legislature, to bring hack the nation to a sense of its solemn duly and blessed privilege in regard to the Christian Sabbath; and we purpose keeping the matter conspicuously before our readers in our next volume.
The state of the poor, and the means of bettering (heir temporal and spiritual condition, have been prominent topics of remark. Our effort in those discussions has been, without overlooking the importance of any partial alleviations which may be devised, to keep in view those large principles without which the question cannot be wisely and permanently adjusted.
We have not said much in this volume respecting the deplorable outburst of fanaticism which occupied so many pages of the two preceding volumes. When the eruption commenced and seemed likely to spread far and wide.and several clergymen who ought to have known better were found encouraging the wild notion of the revival or non-cess ition of miracles, we could not in duty hold our peace; but when the extravagance and iinseriplural character of the whole proceeding, and its connexion with awful heresies, became apparent to all, and some who were at first led away by the delusion were retracing their steps, we thought it unwise to give much further prominence to the matter. It will now, we trust, die away; and it were neither kind nor wise to renew the nnvieties of its early victims. We remarked at the commencement of the discussion, that some clergymen who were originating or encouraging the delusion would live to repent their folly when it was too late to restrain the extravagancies of their followers; and we repeat the warning, as a wholesome caution against future delusions. Would that all Christians, when tempted by new and exciting speculations, would remember the duty of seeking Out the good old ways, and keeping in the footsteps of the flock.
We live in a dark and cloudy day; yet if infidelity and licentiousness are on the increase, true religion is great'y on the increase also; and in the contest between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, we know upon infallible authority which shall eventually prevail. Let us, then, gird ourselves manfully for the contest; knowing in whom we have believed, and that greater is He that is for us than they that are against .us.
TABLE OF CONTENTS,
Bet. or—Simeon on Holy Spirit..Raik.eson.
Clerical Education 40—40
Pus- Arr Reform Bill.. Partisanship..Po-
Sufp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society..
r Society 04
Rltie. And Miscel, Cox.—Cathedrals..
Rut. or—WOtson Church Establishments..
Relig. Intel.—Trinitarian Bible Society 117
Pc ■. Arr.—Fast Day : Topics of Praver and
Avswt ■ s.—M achinery.. Charitable Societies
Scrr. ro Relig. Intel.—Bible Sodety.. 133
The Principle Op The Bible Society.
Tke Principle of the liibtt Society.— Its
chanee by meeting of IS31 Pronounces
Letter in. Inquiry Into the Lawfulness of
Letter iv. Inquiry Into the pjrpediency of
Letter T. Case of the A'ocinfaiM.—Have not
Letter vi. Case of the Homan Catholics.
Relig. Intel.—Church of Geneva 100
Obit.—Dr. Turner, Bishop of Calcutta (con-
Pen. Apf.—Fast Day.. Reform Bill.. Cholera
tions of 1826 not violated.. Alleged case of
from Apocrypha 221
Letter x. Patronizing exceptionable J'er-
Relig- And Miscil. Com.—St. Paul's
Rev. Of—Riland's Extension of the Church
New Publications 370
Stjpf. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society..
i and Foreign School Society 871
with Mercies 373—395
Ret. Of—Woiks on the Church and its ne-
New Publications 428
Relig. Intel.—Anniversaries of Societies 429
Supp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society.,
New Publications 493
Miscel. Lit. Intel.—NewReligiousSociety
Relig. Intel.—Colony of Carlshuld 493
Pu B.aff.—Reform Bill. .Lord'a-day. .House-
Bishop D. Wilson..France 498
Supp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society..
Woman of Samaria 301—530
Ret. Of—Jay's Evening Exercises 333
New Publications 341
Relig. Intel.—Colony of Carlshuld (con-
Obit.—Rev. W. Tandey 550
Pub. Apf.—Reform Bills .. Obligations of
Proclamation.. Payments to Russia 555
Jhctical Query. .Confirmation . .Verses on
Rev. Op—Dr. Southey's Life of Bunyan .... 390
New Publications 0'20
Relig. Intel.—Colony of Carlshuld 0'20
Obit.—W. Lawrence, a Shepherd 021
Pub. Aff.—Great Britain — Parliament —
Slavery 027, 62*
Supp. To Relig. Intel.—Brit, and For.
Rev.Of—WUkVsDuties of Christian Electors
Rj.liu. Intel.—Colony of Carlshnld 680
Pub. Aff.—Election Tests. .Church Reform
Supp. To Hblig. Intel.—Brit- and For.
Quadruped 093- 724
Rev. Of—Bishop Ryder's Charge..Higgins's
Mosaical Geology 724—742
Pub. Aff.—Elections.. Abatement of Cholera
..Negro Slavery 751
Obit.—Mrs. M. E. Roberts 754
Supp. To Relig. Intel.—British and Fo-
tbe Church of England in Missionary Kx Johnaon, D.D. (continmed)-. 1 Pet. H. 8.
ertious .. Metrical Sketches, by BUhop Overstrained Texts. .Oxford Prise Poem,
llant: St. Philip and St. James—Saul, who De Cbnventiculis Dissipatis .. Pauperism
is also called Paul—Judas 757—788 and Cottage Allotments.. Advantages aud
Bit. or..Deane>s Worship of the Serpent Disadvantages of the Cottape System..
.. Ivimey's Reprint of Life of Bunyan 780—803 Remarks upon the two preceding papers..
Lit. And Miscel. Intel.—Historical Chart Character of the Moutanists.. Versification
of the Christian Dispensation .. Sir Walter of the Latin Lines. De amore Jesus . .821—858
Scott..Idol temples in India..Chimney' Ret. or—Woman in her domestic and social
sweeping 814 Character.. Hints to a Clergyman's Wife..
RxLia. Intel.—Church Missionary Society The Annals of my Village.. The Scripture
..National School Society 815,810 Garden Walk 859
Obit.—M. Le Baron Chabnud-Latoiir 817 Lit. And Miscxl. Intel.—Illuminations..
Pub.Apr.—Electioneering Contests.. Church Indian Loxla .. Biblical Manuscript So-
Reform..ClergyDistress in Ireland. .French cinian Repository .. Schools in France..
Cabinet - 8t8 Cholera Ode.. Montaban Professorship..
Answers 810 Baptism of Jews.. Marriage of Leopold .. 607
Surp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society .. 820 Sufp. To Relic Intel.—Bible Society .. 868
APPENDIX. INDEXES 860—876
Relio. And Miscel.com.—Bishop of Lon-