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THE

PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE.

DECEMBER, 1821.

An Address of the Conductors.

Episcopal clergymen and Dissenting

ministers, have for a series of years The importance of periodical pub- been ably supported and extensivelications is well understood by re ly circulated. Blessings to Engflecting men. The philosopher and land, they have powerfully mainstatesman, the physician and divine, tained the interests of evangelical have recourse to them, as very con truth, and widely diffused the invenient vehicles for conveying to fluence of genuine Christianity. others the views they wish to pre Religious Magazines have not vail in the different branches of sci prospered so much in this country. ence to which they have devoted After a few years labour, they have their lives. A large portion of the been relinquished by their conducinformation now circulating in the tors. Various causes might be asworld has been derived from such signed for their failure. The denpublications.

sity of the population in England They are powerful agents in the and the arrangements of business, religious world. In the hands of the result of time, offer facilities errorists and enemies to the truth, for circulating publications and colthey are destructive as the spirits lecting the avails, which cannot be of darkness, beguiling and mislead found in a new country,

whose

po. ing unstable souls; but in the hands pulation is widely scattered over of the friends of truth, they go forth an extensive territory. Literary like angels of light, on messages of men in England are less occupied grace and love, instructing the ig- with business foreign to the life of norant, consoling the disconsolate, a student, than that class of society supporting the weak, succouring are in this nation; and consequentthe tempted, and encouraging all in ly a larger mass of talents can at the good ways of the Lord. A any time be put in requisition, for weapon of such potent efficacy it furnishing the necessary materials were treason to our Sovereign Lord for a periodical publication of a reto leave in the hands of his ene ligious nature. mies. Christians in both hemi The difficulties to be encounterspheres have felt it to be their duty ed in this country in conducting a to avail themselves of periodical Magazine, should not deter from publications as powerful auxiliaries the attempt. The best plan, in our in promoting that great cause of opinion, for such a work, would be truth and righteousness which has to commit it to a man of piety and engaged the best affections of their talents, who should devote to it all heart. In England “ The Christian his time, and derive from it his supObserver," conducted by members port. Such a man, properly qualiof the established church, and - The fied, consecrating to it all his faculEvangelical Magazine,” edited by ties, aided by a number of literary VOL. I.

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gentlemen, would give to it an in- || had been much better, and had terest, and command for it a circu- higher claims on public notice. lation, which ought not to be ex The contributors have no cause pected on a different plan. In such to complain of the want of patronan employment a man of talents age. It has been liberal and enmight be as useful, as if he were en couraging. Desirous of repaying gaged in preaching the gospel. If the kindness of the public in the every Christian denomination of flattering support given to their laany extent in this country had a bours the first year, they have conperson duly qualified employed in templated important and beneficial conducting a Magazine, they would alterations in the mode of conductfind their respective interests great-ing their work. They have been in ly promoted, as well as benefit re treaty with a brother, respectable sulting to the cause of our common for piety and talents, on the subject Christianity:

of his assuming the editorship of The circulation of a religious Ma the Magazine. From his situation gazine among that numerous class at the time the application was of Christians who go under the made, they were led to entertain name of Presbyterians, has long hopes of succeeding; but, from a been felt by some as very desirable. letter lately received from him, they Had the Association which origi have been constrained to relinquish nated this publication been able to their expectations. Sensible, howprocure a suitable individual in cir ever, of the importance of having a cumstances to devote his whole time single Editor, who shall devote a to its support, they would have considerable portion of his time in gladly availed themselves of his ser superintending the general concern vices, and appointed him the Editor. of the work, they have prevailed with But such a person was not at com the Rev. Dr. Neill to consent to mand. They therefore embarked assume the responsibility of such in their undertaking, not because an undertaking. His character for they had not business enough to oc piety, talents and prudence, is too Cupy their time, but from a convic well known to need commendation. tion that something ought to be at The time that he can spare from tempted; not to promote their se his official duties as pastor of a cular advantage, but to promote the church in this city, will be applied great cause of truth and piety, to to this work. which they have in this undertaking This appointment involves an algratuitously lent their aid.

teration in the plan of conducting In reviewing their work, they are the Magazine, which it is proper to sensible of its imperfections in se state. Being all Presbyterians, be. veral respects. Some of them are longing to churches holding the to be imputed to the circumstance same doctrines and approving of that, from several concurring causes, the same great leading principles in the burden of writing has fallen church government, the standards chiefly on a few of the conductors; of these churches constituted the and others, to the want of sufficient basis of their Association; and of leisure from the pressing avocations course nothing manifestly inconof a public nature in which the wri sistent with those standards could ters were engaged. Still, however, with propriety be admitted into this communications, it is hoped, have publication. No department of the appeared in the Presbyterian Ma- Magazine was committed to one gazine calculated to interest the member of the Association more feelings and improve the judgment than to another ; each being left to of its readers. They could wish it select his subject, and make what

communication he deemed proper. ness of all the sentiments that may It was anticipated, that perhaps appear in the Presbyterian Maga some of the writers might feel in zine; though he will feel it to be clined to publish their own peculiar his duty to admit no communicaviews of truth; and it was distinct tion militating against those great ly understood that, in such case, doctrines of the Bible to which his any other member who did not associates have yielded their assent, adopt them, would have the privi unless it be with a design to publish lege of stating his views of the same an answer to the erroneous statesubject. Controversy, however, was ment it may contain. to be avoided. No attack was to By committing the Magazine to be made by one member on another; the care of a single Editor, it is exno formal reply to be published. pected, that, if properly supported, The writer was to content himself he will, by a steady inspection of it, with stating, illustrating, and prov be enabled to preserve a better proing the views he entertained on a portion between the different kinds point in which he might differ from of materials of which it will be comhis fellow contributor.

posed. From a single individual, As each contributor, by signing even if he were released from the his name, or the initials of it, to his important and numerous duties communication, became responsible which a pastor of a church in this for the contents, he had a right to city has to perform, it would be unclaim the insertion of any paper he reasonable to expect that variety of might send that did not militate matter a publication of this descrip; with the basis of the Association. tion requires. Nor will he depend The editing committee consequent entirely on the aid of those gentlely inspected the papers of their fel men who stand pledged to assist low labourers no further than to as him, for communicating to the work certain the subject, so as to enable a quality so desirable to meet the them to make a proper distribution various tastes of the numerous subof them in respect to the order in scribers, who honour us by perusing which they should appear in the the pages of our Magazine. The publication. This committee were Editor has reason to calculate on responsible only for the admission receiving contributions from seveof selected matter and pieces fur ral other literary individuals whose nished by individuals who did not pens will do credit to the pages of belong to the Association. To the the Presbyterian Magazine. He is principles of the convention they authorized too to make such prohave carefully adhered, and yielded posals to others as will, it is expectto every one the exercise of his

ed, call forth the aid of talents that rights as a contributor.

will increase the interest he and his The present Editor will be as associates wish to impart to this sisted by an association of literary work. gentlemen, and will conduct the The design of the publication will Magazine with due respect to the be the same as stated to the public standards of the Presbyterian in the preface to this volume; and churches. The control of the pub the articles contemplated for inserlication is committed to him, he tion such as are comprised under will have authority to decide on the the several heads there specified. admission of every communication; A larger space will be appropriated and, of course, will assume a gene to religious intelligence than hereral responsibility in respect to the tofore. It is proper however to apcontents of the Magazine. It is, how - prize the public, that it is not inever, to be understood, that he will tended to make this Magazine a not stand pledged for the correct vehicle of religious intelligence in

so rapidly and in such numbers, different denomination will be re

minute detail. Events interesting should not occasion the slightest to the feelings of Christians, are now pain even to the most delicate sentranspiring in the Christian world sibility. No reflecting person of a that a circumstantial account of pelled from honouring our pages them would fill the pages of our with a perusal by a bare name. If Magazine. For minute particulars, in our work he meet with senti -our readers must be referred to ments to which he cannot subscribe, publications designed expressly for he will find other sentiments relatthe purpose of diffusing religious ing to our common Christianity intelligence in all its detail. "The with which he will accord. Had principal features contemplated for

the name

Christian Watchman" this Magazine, will be composed of been retained, it would have effect. the several articles comprehended ed no alteration in the contents of under the two first heads of mate this publication; the opinions adrials mentioned in the preface. No vanced and maintained would have thing more then can be expected been precisely the same. The title than a summary of religious intel of the Magazine does not convey ligence, together with some “ well so distinct notice of what may be attested accounts of revivals of re expected in it as the publication of ligion” that may be obtained for the names of the conductors and this work.

their prefatory address to the pubObjections to the name by which lic. If any individuals have been this Magazine is distinguished have so influenced by a bare name as to been heard; but none of force suffi refuse to subscribe to our work, we cient in the minds of the Associa should regret it; still, however, it tion to induce them to exchange it may be proper to state that the for another. The fact is, there are name has gained us many subso many periodical publications scribers. with such different names, that it As the use of a larger type will was a difficult matter to select an be a real improvement in the Maappropriate one not preoccupied. Igazine, as well as meet the wishes At first it was determined to deno of some of its readers, the Associaminate it “ The Christian Watch tion have determined that the next man:” but finding afterwards that volume shall be printed with a type this was already in use, it became one size larger than the one now in necessary to choose another; and use, and generally in a single cothat of “ Presbyterian Magazine” | lumn, which will present a handwas deemed proper and character somer page to the eye. istic of the members who composed Should the number of subscribers the Association. The objection that continue as large as at present, and this is a sectarian name should not, especially if it should, as is anticiit is conceived, have any weight in pated, be increased, the profit arisreflecting minds. The Christian ing from the Magazine, after dechurch is broken down into sects; ducting all necessary expenses will and while this unhappy state of enable the contributors to make a things continues to exist, these sects donation to “ The United Foreign will be distinguished by character-Missionary Society," or to some istic names.

The conductors of other charitable institution, as may this work, it is well known, are all be judged most useful. avowed Presbyterians; and if the To the present subscribers, the assumption of this denomination in conductors tender their sincere acvolves no offence against Christian knowledgments for their liberal charity, it would seem that the ap patronage, and respectfully solicit plication of their name to their work, I a continuance of their subscriptions.

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names, they are requested to give some concise notices of both these
notice of their determination to the classes. Of the wicked, we have
present publishers, by the 25th of information so far only as their
December; otherwise they will be general character had a bearing on
considered as subscribers for the the interests of society, and as their
next volume. Should others, who bad conduct and unhappy end fur-
have not honoured the Presbyterian nish a solemn warning to all the
Magazine with their patronage, feel world, that “the wages of sin is
disposed to peruse it, their names death."
will be thankfully received. The When Cain, by evincing his un-
next volume it is hoped, will be belief in the promised Saviour, as
found to possess more interest than well as by murdering his brother,
this. Whatever it may be, we hum incurred the divine displeasure and
bly commit it to the blessing of proved himself to be “ of the wicked
the Great Head of the Church, and

appears

to have abandoned earnestly pray that his guidance the worship of God and the society and assistance may be vouchsafed of his people. Retiring to the eastto the Editor and his fellow labour ward of Eden, he took

up

his abode
in a place called the land of Nod,
J.J.J.
Committee.

a name which signifies vagabond,
S. B. W.

and which seems to have been so
called, in allusion to his character,

as a fugitive and outcast from the
Communications ordinances of God, and the fellow-

ship of the pious. Here he built a LECTURES ON BIBLICAL HISTORY.

city, and called it Enoch, in honour

of his first born son. After Enoch No. V.

we have barely the names of Irad, “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty

Mehujael, and Methusael, without
years, and begat a son in his own likeness,

any account of their character, or
after his image; and called his name Seth.
And the days of Adam, after he had be.

pursuits. Lamech, the son of Me-
gotten Seth, were eight hundred years; thusael, and the fifth in descent
and he begat sons and daughters. And all from Cain, was the first transgressor
the days that Adam lived were nine hun of the law respecting marriage. He
dred and thirty years: and he died. And

had two wives, at the same time;
Seth lived an hundred and five years, and
begat Enos. And Seth lived, after he be and, though his example was fol-
gat Enos, eight hundred and seven years, lowed by Abraham, Jacob, and
and begat sons and daughters. And all the others, who appear to have been, in
days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve

the main, amiable and excellent
years : and he died.” GEN. v.3–8.

men, yet the practice is manifestly The descendants of. fallen Adam an infraction of the law of nature, are, universally, degenerate plants and an unwarrantable departure of a strange .vine.

from the original and benevolent inhowever, has, from the beginning, stitution of the Creator.

The fact, been marvellously manifested in that instances of polygamy are recalling and sanctifying a people, corded in Scripture, by no means a peculiar people, zealous of good proves that it was right: nay, we works, and disposed to honour and are taught, even in the Old Testaserve the living and true God. The ment, indirectly, at least, that it was distinction of righteous and wicked wrong; as it was, invariably, a obtained in the days of Cain and source of family feuds, favouritism, Abel; and the Bible, in giving us a jealousy, and other serious and dis faithful history of mankind, as, also, tressing evils. The names of Laof the providence and mercy of mech's wives were Adah and Zillah,

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