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and of pious and judicious Churchmen, we have no overwhelming fears on account of the inconsiderate efforts of a comparatively small number of partizans, who do not speak the language of their respective brethren. With regard to the Clergy we know this to be the fact; and with regard to the Dissenters we have reason to believe that the unhallowed hostility of late shewn to the Church of England is creating for her not a few new friends in the opposing ranks, and that many, who once hastily thought National Church Establishments unlawful or unnecessary, have been led by the late discussions to consider the question, and have come to conclusions the very opposite of their first impressions.
With regard to the conduct of our own labours, in reference to these and other matters, we purpose, by the blessing of God, continuing our wonted course; endeavouring to support what we believe to be right, but not apologizing for what is wrong; and if for many years our duty has appeared to us to be rather on the side of the reform of abuses, not less zealous shall we be in buttressing than in amending, in defending the walls than in repairing their breaches. We are to our inmost hearts friends of the Church of England : we believe her to be the most Scriptural Church in all Christendom, and the chief instrument in the hands of God for the spiritual welfare of our land : and if this conviction has made us anxious for her purification, wherever she needed it, no less will it operate in making us zealous in her defence against those who would compass her ruin.
We may say the same of many other of our national institutions. They may require reform; but in this day of restless change every friend of his country ought to beware that the good be not plucked up with what is evil, and that the axe be not used, instead of the pruning-knife.
Of our efforts during the past year it is rather for our readers to judge, than for us to speak. It has been our duty to address ourselves to many subjects of pressing, and often painful interest; and sometimes to embark in controversies more necessary than recreating--and we would hope these labours have “not been in vain in the Lord;"-but we have wished that every Number of our work should also contain important matters of spiritual edification; and, though we do not obtrude upon our readers much of fiction and imagination, we have always endeavoured to afford them higher and more valuable entertainment, mixed with instruction, and particularly in the article of interesting biography, in which our present volume has certainly not been deficient. But, alas ! we are reminded that sorrow mixes with these narratives. We have lost many valued friends; among whom the names of Wilberforce and Hannah More stand conspicuous. But we shall have again to speak of these two eminent Christians and public benefactors, ana will therefore not do more at present than passingly record our affection, our gratitude, and our regrets.
The times are serious, but not, in our apprehension, calculated to encourage despondency. What is best among us, will, we believe, be rendered more than ever firm and pure, after temporary agitations have passed away. We have much reason to bless God for comparative tranquillity at home, and for the continuance of peace with other nations; for the speedy abolition of West-India Slavery, and some other acts of legislative duty and wisdom; for the spirit of brotherly union which prevails in most of our religious societies, and the improvement and prosperity of others; for the striking increase of piety in the land, and remarkably so in our Universities and amongst our Clergy. May the Father of mercies look down upon us and visit us ! May He disappoint the designs of those who have evil will at Zion; and cause the knowledge and practice of His Truth to abound among us more and more!
TABLE OF CONTEVTS.
Page .. Being moved by the Holy Ghost. . Cottage
Allotments.. Poetry : Calvary ......189-224 Rev. oF-Taylor's Life of Cowper ........ 225 Relig. INTEL.- Evangelical Society of Ge
Deva.. ProtestantChurch of France.. United
239-243 LIT. AND MS. INTEL.--Authorized Text of
the English Bible. . HolyOrders, .American Packets.. Luther's Bible.. Courts of Justice
Superstitious Notion .. Warburton .. Homilics .. Sherlock ,. Horsley.. Poole.. Irving New Brotherhood . . Purgatory.. Bapti-mal Names
245 OBIT.-M. Kieffer ..
218 Pub. AFF.--Irish Church Reform.. Irish Co.
ercion.. Lord's Day.. Factory Bill.. Slavery ... Thanksgiving
251 SUPP. TO RELIG, INTEL.–Bible Society..
Hibernian Society.. Brit. and For. School
God.. Imputed Righteousness.. Children of
.1--28 Rev. or- Hough's Missionary Vade Mecum
.. Archbishop Howley's Primary Charge.. 37 MISCEL. INTEL-Clergy Assurance Society
..Hampstead Chapel.. Burial of Suicides ..Church Commission of 1689.. Bishop Law on Tithes.. Theological College, Geneva.. Malan's Retractation..Genamb's Pilgrimage.. Trappist Monks..'l'urkey.. American Lottery.. Sabbath in New York.. Drunken. ness. Universalist Publications.. Value of the Scriptures to a wrecked Crew
49 PUB. APP.- Elections : Middlesex, West
ininster,Finsbury,Manchester, Leeds,Tower Hamlets, Oldham, &c.; London ; Scotland and Ireland.. Reform Acts.. Church Reform .. Antwerp.,
59 SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.–Bible Society.. Brit, and For. School Society
60 NUMBER II. RELIG. AND Mis. Com.-Tears of Parents
(continued).. Reconciliation.. Being led by the Spirit.. Ministerial Errors.. Party Spirit .. History of the Prophet Samuel.. Imputed Righteousness.. Little Books .. Abuse of
Predestination.. Cottage Allotments ....61-91 REV. 08- Life and Writings of Robert Hall 95 Pes. AFP.--First Reformed Parliament..
Church Reform . . Dissenters .. Distress of Clergy in Ireland.. West-India Slavery.. South Africa.. Infant Labour.. Lord's Day .. National Education., Poor-Laws in Ire. land .. American Temperance Societies .. American States.. Holland and Belgium.. Turkish Empire
124 ANSWERS ...
124 SUPP. TO RELIG, INTEL,Bible Society 124
NUMBER III. RELIG. AND Mis. Com.-Memoir of Bishop Davenant.. Spirit of the Lord not straitened .. Relinquished Missions.. Trials of the Christian.. Parallel Passages of Scripture.. Hutchinsonian Theology.. History of the Catechism.. Ministerial Errors.. Worsbip of the Serpent.. Religious Negroes.. Sacred Poetry : Confidence in God; Isaiah xxxv. 1,2; Nahum i. 3-8; Morning; “ He that loveth Father or Mother," &c. ......125-169 Rev. Oy- Bishop J. B. Sumner's Charge..
Young Christian, by Abbott.. The same with
Corrections by Rev. J.W.Cunningham 169–181 Pos. AFF.-- Parliament.. King's Speech.. Ireland..Church Establishment..
188 SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.–Bible Society 188
Dr. Payson.. Hobart and Strachan on Eccle-
Dr.Payson (continued)..Faith of Abraham
253-285 Rev. Op-Taylor's Life of Cowper (con
cluded).. Publications on Church Reform:
8.“ Address, by the Rev.W. Pullen" 286—306 LIT. AND Mis. INTEL, - Poor Laws..lm.
proved Investigation.. Copying from Publi.
cations.. Roman-Catholic l’riesthood .... 307 PUB. AFF.-Parliament. Irish Coercion Bill;
Irish Church Bill; Church-of-england
.. Admiral Gambier and Rowland Hill.... 310 ANSWERS
316 SupF. TO RELIG. INTEL.- Bible Society.. Lord's-day Bill
316 NUMBER VI. RELIG, AND Mıs.Com.-American Divines :
Dr. Payson (concluded) .. Pious Negrocs (continued) .. Faith of Abraham (concluded).. Works before Justification Tracts of the Christian Knowledge Society .Burial Service.. Rejecting the Gospel.. Jay on Rowland Hill., Being moved by the Holy Spirit
..317-351 Rev. op-Sargent's Life of Thomason ..
Publications on Church Reform (continued):
Pub. AFP.-Parliamentary Proceedings .. vice., Ministerial Labours dependent upon
Family Instruction .. Christian-Knowledge
Rev. or- Bishop Wilson's Ordination Sermon
pounding.. Evangelical Pharisaism ..381-407 ANSWERS — Methodist Magazine .. Record
Newspaper on Slavery
Pub. Art.-Remarks.. Irish Church Bill.. States (continued).. Apathy in Missionary
Efforts.. Anecdote in Gregory's Life of Hall
.Mysterious Stories.. Sickness of Hezekiah
SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.-- Bible Society..
upon Cowper.. Milner on the Montanists
RELIG, AND Mis. Com..--Cholera at Bi'ston
the Montapists .. Reading School Examı.
nation.. Malan's Tract, “The true Cross”
pounding Church Lessons.. Pious Nerroes : RELIG. INTEL. Efforts in Geneva .. St.
.509--310 Mis. INTEL, -- Profane Advertisement ..
" Death-bed Scenes"-2. Observations on SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.— Bible Soci ty:
tition ;" by Preb. Wodehouse - 20.“ A RELIG. AND Mıs. Cox. - Malan's Tract,
senters .. American Episcopal Letter ..
SUPP. To Relig, INTEL.- Bible Society 572
Charles I... Yorkshire Memorial of Mr.Wil-