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THE REVEREND JOHN GRIGG,
Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, Greene County, New York.
THE YEAR THAT'S GONE !
Taus, through the smiles and favor of a good and gracious Providence, has terminated the second volume of Protestant Episcopal Pulpit, of America ;” and we most respectfully forward an acknowledgment to those Right Reverend Fathers of our Church, and those Professors, and Clergy, who have, in so kind and generous a manner, extended to us the right hand of friendship, and thus far in safety, and favor, conducted this infant of our Church—and we trust that all those of our Clergy, who have not, as yet, come forward to its aid and its support, will do so at the commencement of the ensuing year, bearing in mind that this is the only child of our Zion that has been "baptised by this name"-remembering also, that by its receiving the guardian influence, and protecting care of our Bishops and Clergy, it will, in proper time, gain its due stature of usefulness; and, as it takes its course through distant lands, will redound to the credit of our ministry, and prove an honor to our American Church.
Arrangements have been entered into with the “ Protestant Episcopal Press” of this city, to carry on the work in future; and, under its present guidance, the first number of the next year will be printed at that establishment; and which regulation, we are fully convinced, will meet the satisfaction of Episcopalians generally, and the decided approbation of the Church at large.
We are happy to find that our labors have met the patronage of many a pious and generous heart; and that the merits of the work have passed, with honor, the ordeal of a year's scrutinythat a just tribute of commendation has been awarded to those of our ministry who have generously contributed their discourses, enriched its pages, and thus enhanced the Pulpit's valae--that our untiring, but humble labors, for the respectable appearance it has maintained, have not been in vain--that Fame's expanded wings have wafted a due meed of friendly eulogy from distant lands to ours, and thus rendered the Pulpit a credit to our Church, and bestowed “honor upon those to whom honor was due.”.
Our friends of the Press will please accept our acknowledg
ments for the friendly steps they have taken in favor of our work; and the generous manner in which they have spoken of its merits, and recommended it to their readers.
We are pleased to find that our Pulpit has been held up to the Mirror of public favor, and that credit has thereby been reflected upon the work—that it has been protected under the friendly influence of the Banner of the Church--we are indebted to the Episcopal Watchman for having taken it under its care, and generously guarded it through the past, as we trust it will through the coming year,--we thank the Messengers, of the north, the west, and the south, that the Pulpit's good name has been heralded, and by them so regularly conveyed to every part of our Union, and through every quarter of our land—the Intelligencer and Soldier have also guarded it with a brotherly, and a Christian care,—we feel also exceedingly obliged to the Churchman of our city, for having extended to us many a generous sentiment and friendly wish-the Traveller has also taken it by the hand, and led it on through its annual march. To all other respected editors, who have favorably noticed our progress, we return our cordial thanks, and at the same time assure them that
they shall in no wise lose their reward;" may the influence of their pens be ever guided by the “ Spirit of Truth,” may they “ turn many to righteousness," and, we most sincerely and devoutly pray, that a kind Providence may smile upon their exertions and zeal for their reader's benefit, and may their labors be greatly and extensively blest; and, in conclusion, we solicit, and trust we shall receive, the friendly countenance, the patronage, and the support of every friend of our Ministry and the Church --and that success thus crown our labors, and we be enabled to put our ardent desires in execution, by raising, for the services of the sanctuary, a pious, and a fearless soldier of the Cross. We trust the Pulpit will be hereafter, (as it has been,) well filled, and that the publication prove not only creditable to the pens of our ministry, but a blessing may descend upon our Zion—that her stakes be strengthened, her cords extended, and that she be recorded, and considered by the wise and good, THE PRAISE
THE WHOLE EARTH.