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THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE

FOR THE YEAtt

1802.

THE

Profits

ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS MAGAZINE,

art applied to the Relief of
THE WIDOWS OF GOSPEL MINISTERS,

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PREFACE.

"v17"hen the Evangelical Magazine was first in contemplation; the minds of many began to be agitated by political speculations; but out; country still enjoyed the calm of peace. While pur arrangements were making, hostilities with France commenced | and the political effervescence among ourselves considerably increased. The evils, foreign and domestic, that ensued, are too well known t« be here recited. . Through the blessing of God, we have carefully steered our little Bark over .the troubled waters, without deviating, in a single instance, from the track we proposed. Jvo political sentiment, from any quarter, has ever Obtained admission into our publication. On the contrary, it has been Our invariable study, to direct our readers to .higher objects) and matters of Wperior consideration; and to allay the intemperance of political disquisition, among serious people, by withdrawing their attention from the things which are seen and temporal, and fixing it on the things which are unseen awl eternal. »

By Divine assistance, we shall always pursue the same course. Very beneficial consequences have evidently resulted from the prudent and peaceable method we were led to adopt. Several of the plans suggested in our Magazine, for extending the kingdom of Christ, have been so cordially approved, and so zealously acted upon by vast numbers of our fellow-christians, as to leave them but little leisure; or inclination, to think on the inferior concerns of worldly politics. Amidst great difficulties and discouragements, occasioned by the pressure of the times, and other circumstances, unusual efforts have been made by them to spread the OBspcl at home and abroad.

But while the good that hath been already accomplished

ougkt to fill uc with gratitude, the prospects before u.s

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