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It is generally the design of a preface to make the reader acquainted with something, which it will be useful for him to know, before he commences the perusal of the work itself. But this cannot be the design of a preface to a volume, which has been published and read before the preface was written." The Editors of periodical pub. lications naturally fall into the habit of writing postcripts, though they are placed at the beginning of volumes, and usurp the name of prefaces. It will not be'unprecedented, therefore, if we cast our eyes back for a moment, on the volume which is now closed, and which, as we are willing to believe, has been read with candor by our patrons generally.

Though we could wish our pages had been more worthy of perusal, and though we are by no means blind to their imperfections, yet it is a consoling thought, that the tendency and the effect of the Panoplist, are, as our friends encourage us to hope, decidedlý beneficial, There is the more reason for expressing this opinion of our work, as we could not be justified in publishing it, were its utility doubtful in our own view, and as a large proportion of the original matter is furnished by men, whose deliberate reflections are certainly entitled to an attentive consideration. On looking over the numbers, which compose this volume, as we have been obliged to do in compiling an index, the vast importance of a relig. jous magazine, conducted with even tolerable propriety, has been very deeply impressed on our mind.

One most cheering characteristic of the present times, is an enlarged and still increasing benevolence. Efforts to meliorate the condition of man are now made by a greater number of enlightened individuals, and on a

ance to the world, that these efforts should not be slack. ened; that the zeal, which is now so happily excited, should not languish; and that the number of persons, who labor and pray for the prosperity of Zion, should be multiplied. Though these desirable results can only be secured by the divine blessing, yet it is to be received as an undoubted maxim, that this blessing is not to be expected, unless in the use of the means 'which God has kindly furnished, and which have often been honored with sure tokens of his approbation. Let the friends of the Redeemer see to it, then, that no vantage ground be abandoned; and that no temporary 'inconvenience be suffered to impede the progress of that cause, the success of which is infinitely more valuable than any temporal interests....

These considerations should induce all publishers of religious works, and all writers in them, to look forward with a steady eye, and an unwavering faith, to that blessed consummation," when truth and virtue shall become triumphant on earth, and when the Lord Jesus 'shall be universally received as the Savior of sinners. That we may act under the influence of these high and commanding motives, and that our readers may be interested in the blessings of that covenant, which is ordered in all things and sure, is our earnest supplication to God. We

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Abstract of religious intelligence, 523
Address of the Editor to the public,
Admonition, thoughts on; - 125
Advice of a father, . . . 403

and reproof, inefficacy of,.164
Africa, South, state of missions in, 563
Agora, mission at, - - - 41
Allen, Rev. William, correction of a
- trifling error in his biographical

dictionary, - - - - 255
Alumni of Yale College, notice to, 392
Americanisms, remarks concerning, 25
American Board of Commissioners

for Foreign Missions, fifth annual
meeting of, 456-officers of, ib.
report of the Prudential Committee

of, 458-pecuniary accounts of, 477
American Missionaries, letters from, 181
- - intelligence from, - 390

- memorial of, to Sir Evan
Nepean, dated Feb. 12, 1813, 470%
st cond memorial of, dated Feb. 18,
1813, 471-third memorial of, dated
Dec. 4, 1813, 504fourth memo-
rial of, dated Dec. 13, 1813, 464-
fifth memorial of, dated Dec. 20,
1813, - ini. - -

- - memorials of, to Lord Min-
to, Governor General of Bengal,
dated Aug. 21, Oct. 17, and Nov.
18, 1812. .. -

Ames, Hon. Fisher, his opinion of the
book of Deuteronomy,


Ancient Ecclesiastical documents, 320
Anderson, Rev. Rufus, his life and

character, - ; - - 308
Anecdote, - -


Antigua, missions of the United
· Brethren at, - . : 389
Appleton, Rev. Jesse, D. D. review

of his election sermon, ... 373
Ardent spirits, estimate of quantities

consumed, • .
Association, General, of Massachu-
· setts Proper, minutes of the pro-
ceedings of, -

5 316
Atonement, inquiry respecting the

Baptist Missions in India, state of, at
the close of 1811, 38-at the close

of 1812,-
Barbadoes, missions of the United
· Brethren at,

Barlowo, Joel, the barbarous diction
of his Columbiad accounted for, 24
-his bombast, 27—the obscurity
of his language, 28-some poetical
passages of his work, 29-liis the-
ology, 31--the indignity offered by
him to the cro88, 32—his theory of
the origin of the world, 67--the
origin of religion, 69—his metaphys.
ical abstraction, 71-his opiniou of
Chinese history 72-his comparison
of Moses, Lycurgus, &c. ib.-his
views of the solar religion, 73-his
hostility to Revelation, ib.-his ex-
clusion of all religion from his sys-
tein, 77---his notion of a pacific Tiad,
79---his creed containing an infidel
cosmogony, 81---his method of prov-
ing what cannot be proved, 86---his
version of David's psalms, notice of,
ib.--correction of an error respect-

ing this version, .. . . 311
Beecher, Rev. Lyman, review of his
sermon, -

Belcher, Governor, original letters

from to President Edwards, 407,454
Belhury, mission at, - - 569
Bible Society, British and Foreign,

pecuniary accounts of, at the
ninth annual meeting, May,
1813, 129---extracts from the
corresspondence of, - 430
Connecticut, abstract of the

fourth annual report of, 138
-- Philadelphia, abstract of the

fifth annual report of, - 135
- New Hampshire, abstract of

the second annual report of, 137
- Vermont, abstract of the first:

annual report of, - - 183
- New Yoik, abstract of the .

fourth annual report of, 184
in the county of Middlesex,
Mass. formation and constitu-
tion of, 127_address of a

committee of, - . 234
- Norfolk, Vir. address and
constitution of,

Auxiliary, of Newark and the

Vicivity, (N. J.) formation of, 430
- of Fredericksburg, (Vir.) for

mation of,, , ,
of Dublin, Ireland, Ladies'

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