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PREFACE.

Since the commencement of this volume, the public relations of our country have been changed from a state of calamitous war to a state of prosperous peace.

This change, so salutary in its nature and influence, affords many cheering topics of congratulation; but especially to the Christian, whose eyes are constantly fixed upon the success of his Master's cause, it opens a most enlivening prospect. While he contemplates this prospect with delight, let him not forget his own obligations. The same considerations, which cause him to rejoice, should prompt him to act. Unproductive resolutions, sluggish endeavors, benevolent attempts half formed and easily abandoned, will not pass for the genuine results of beneficence at the present day; and he has but a slender title to the name of a Christian, who does not exult in the privilege of taking an active part in the great designs for me. liorating the condition of man. The American people, if not blind to their own permanent interests, and stupidly ignorant of their own advantages, can perform wonders in the accomplishment of the grandest designs, which ev. er claimed the attention or employed the activity of mortals: designs of no less magnitude, than the establishment of schools, churches, and the regular ministration of divine ordinances, in all the destitute places of our own country; the distribution of the Bible, and the support of missionaries to preach its doctrines, in every part of the globe; the alleviation of human suffering of every kind, wherever men are to be found: in a word, the entire subjugation of the world to Christ, and of course the eternal salvation of unnumbered millions in all future generations. Who does not give thanks to. God for the op. portunity of being permitted to exert even the humblest agency, in promoting so blessed a consummation?

It is evident, by the most recent intelligence received from England, that every great institution, which has for its object the civilization, instruction, and salvation of

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mankind, is increasing in its means and its efforts. Let it not be our reproach, that the people of the United States, more favored by Providence through the whole course of their history than any other people, should lin.. ger, and hesitate, in this great work of benevolence.

We congratulate the Christian public on the general excitement, in reference to the great duty of supply. ing Christian teachers for the millions of our countrymen, who are now destitute. The number of persons who feel this excitement, is daily increasing; and may it still increase, till every man, who enjoys the ordinances of the Gospel, shall be roused to vigorous action, and shall refuse to intermit his exertions so long as they shall be needed; so long as a single log house can be found without a Bible, or a single neighborhood without a spiritual guide.

When we look over the pages of those religious magazines, which are edited and patronized by some of the best men in Great Britain and in the world; and when we clearly discern, that the objects wbich lie nearest their hearts, and which they strenuously labor to accomplish, are the same with those to which our columns have been principally devoted, it is a perpetual source of gratification and of encouragement. However comparatively feeble our efforts may have been, it is a pleasure of which we can never be deprived, if our hearts have not deceive ed us, that we have spontaneously and sincerely endeavored to promote the best of causes, and have been cordially united in purpose, and in feeling, with many of the most intelligent, the wisest

, and the most pious men, on both sides of the Atlantic.

With these remarks we commend the volume, which is now closed, to the candor of the public. While we regret its imperfections, we earnestly desire that it may be succeeded by other volumes more worthy of the times in which we live, and more efficacious in promoting the permanent welfare of mankind.

Boston, Dec. 2, 1815.

OR THE PRINCIPAL MATTERS CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME:

Abbot, Rev Abiel, his case,
255 Ceylon, mission at,

36,556
Addre 88 of the Editor to the public, 1 Churity, on the perversion of, 95
delivered before a society China,

mission at,

37,519
auxiliary to the Massachu- Chinese Version of the New Testa-
setts Society for the sup-

ment,
pression of interperanee, 173

Chinsurah, mission at,

35, 43, 558
of the General Association Christian Attainments,

$-46
of Massachusetts to the

Conflicts,

289
churches,

377
Liberality,

164
to Christians,

68,112 Christians, reasons why they should
Allegany College,
887 love each other,

15
Allegory,

158

Chronological table, uses of, 179
American Board of Commissioners

- for the year 1814,568
for Foreign Missions, sixth annual Ohurch, the safety of,

298
meeting of,

519 Cochin, view of, from Messrs. Nott
officers of,
ibid. and Hall's journal,

318
report of the Prudential Commit.

Concert of prayer,

19,121
tee of,

522

Consociation of churches, remarks
pecuniary acounts of,

563
oa,

507,537
American Society for Educating Pi. Constitution of the American Society

ons Youth for the Gospel Ministry, for Educating Pious Youth for the
constitution of,
481 Gospel ministry,

481
meeting of,

632

of the Society, formed in
American Unitarianism, Review of, 241 Connecticut for the same object, 480
Ancient Document, remarks on,

153

Controversy, religions, necessity of, 248
Arditor's certificate,

565 Convention, Baptist, for missionary
Augusta, mission at,
39 purposes,

44
Corban Society, annual report of,

561
Badger, Rev. Joseph, journal of liis Correspondients, notices 10,48,96,144,200,
mission among the Wyandots, 86,135

336,392
Badtam, Gen. Stepheo, obituary no- Cumings on the Cherubim,

178
tice of,

579

Deceitfulness of sin,
47

210
Balloums, fatal effects in,

Dedication of the church in East Sad.
Baptist Board of Foreign Missions

bury,

96
for the United States, annual re-

Demarara, mission at,

S9
port of,

433
Convention for missionary

Destitute settlements, on communi-
purposes,

44
cating religious knowledge to the

408
Beecher's installation sermon, re-

ignorant in,

533
view of,

Departure of the missionaries,
467

Distinction between the righteous
Relhary, mission at,

42,552
and wic.ed,

206
Belshan, Rev. Thomas, his creed, 243

Doing good, thoughts on,
39

20,58
Berbice, missioa at,

Donations to the American Board of
Herkshire Society for promoting
good morals, organization of,

Commissioners for Foreign Mis.

92
Bethelsdorp, mission at,

553

sions, 46,89,138,193,237, 287,326,386,
Bethesda, mission at,

555

438,486,532,504

Donations to the Massachusetts Mis-
Bible Sociсty, Fairfield County, or-

329
ganization
of

139

sionary Sociely,
New York, annual meeting of, 194
Ecclesiastical tribunals,

154
Female, of Boston and the vi-

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cinity, annual meeting of,

Eltor, address of the, to the public,
Elizabeth Toron, mission at,

34
Meadville, organization of, 567
Errata,

488
Calcutta Auxiliary, extract
Erratum,

200
from the third report of,

483
Evidences of grace,

116
Bible, distribution of, in Germany, 90
Biographical sketch of the Kler. Facts relative to the ignorance of re-
Isaac S. Keith, D. D.

441 ligion in some parts of the country, 78
Boston Clergy, complaints of, 242 Farrar, the Rev. Stephen, obituary
Boston, ordinations at,

256
notice of,

94
Brown, Rev. Daniel,obituary notice of,571 Futher, letter to a,

301
Buchanan, Rev. Claudius, D. D. obic- Foreign Mission Society for the east-
uary notice of,

53S eru district of New Haven County,
Bushnet, mission to,
554 annual meeting of,

45,567

,196

Foreign Mission Society of Boston Lascars, efforts to instruct the, 38,553
and the veinity, annual meeting of, 45 Le Resourerar, mission at,

40
for Hallowell and Augusta Legacy, Mrs. Norris's, 194,561
and the vicinity, annual meeting of, 159 Letter from the Rev. Mr. Burder to
of Bath and its vicinity, an-

the Rev. Dr. Worcester,
nual meeting of,

ibid.
lo a father,

Sul
Merrimac Branch of the,

from Mr. Harington,
annual meeting of,

ibid.
from a lady to her brother,

416
Fragment Society, annual report of, 560 the Rev. Samuel Newell, Siu)
Freeman, the Rev. James, D. D. er-

Sir Gore Ousely,

208
tracts from his letter,

239

the Secretary of the Church
French prisoners,

40 Missionary Society to the Rev. Dr.
Fright, sudden, fatal effects of, 47 Morse,

325
Fuller, the Rev. Andrew, D. D. obit.

Unitarians in Great Britain to
uary of,

533 the Mahometan ambassador, 72
Finds of the Massachusetts Society

William Wells, juu. Esq. to the
for promoting Coristian Knowledge, 431 Rev. Thomas Belsbam,

255

from the same to the editor of
Banjam, mission at,
42,551 the Panoplist,

309
General Association of Massachu- Liberality, Christian,

164
setts, minutes of,

357 Lindsey, Rev. Theophilus, his creed, 216
report on the ancient docu-

Literary intelligence,

488,574
ment,

359 London Missionary Society, tventi-
report on the state of religion, 373 eth annual report of the,

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petition to Congress, 377

twenty-first annual report of
address to the churcbes ibid.

the,

483
Georgetown, mission at,

40 Lovel, Dea. Asa, memoir of, 387
Germany, distribution of the Bible in, 90
God our belp,
501 Madrtis, mission at,

36,43,551
Goodrich, Mon. Chauncey, obituary Magazines, religious, the benefits of, 82
notice of,

571 Muine, missions ir, by Massachusetts
Grace, evidences of,

116

Society for promoting Christian
Griqua town, mission at,

554
Knowledge,

499
Malta, mission at,

8,556
Hall, speech of the Rev. Robert, on Massachusetts Society for promoting
the character of the Rev. Thomas

Christian Knowledge,

428,556
Robinson, review of,

27

missionaries employed by,429
Hall, the Rev. Aaron, obituary of, 95 Matthew, iv, 1-11. Meditations
Mall, the Rev. Gordon, letters from, 184 on,

451,496,545
Hall wud Nolt, extracts from their Matthew, xviii, 15-17, remarks on, 352
journal,
233,313 Mauritius, nuission at,

57,485
Hurris, Mrs. Jemima, death of,

574
Meudville Bible Society,

567
Harvard College, Unitarianism of, 256 Memoir, of the Rev. David Brown, 489
Hooker, the Rev. Asahel, memoir of,49,97 Rev. Asahel Hooker, 49,97,145

145

Rev Isaac S. Keith, D.D.
Ignorance of religion, in some parts

Mr. Philanthropos Perry, 337
of our country, ficts relative to, 78 Minutes of the General Association
Important discovery,
418 of Massachusetts,

S57
Insecution of the Rev. Winthrop

lieneral Assembly of the
Bailey,

200

Presbyterian Church, extracis
Rev. John Bartlett, 140

from,

428
Rev. Ezra Fisk,

90 Mills and Smith, Rev. Messrs. let.
Rev. Holland Weeks, 567 ters from,

226,273
Rev. Simeon Woodruff, 140 Alxsionuries to the east, departure
In'ermetliate state,

395
of the,

533
Isle of France, mission at, 37,485

-American, letters from,

to the Rev. Dr. Worcester, 182
Jatin, mission at,

37,485

- to the Treasurer of the
Jenks, the Rev. William, letter froin, 153 Board,

184
Journal, of the Rev. Samuel Newell 185, Missionary notice,

lig
234,316 Missionary Seroinary at Gosport, 40,557
Messrs. Nott, and Hall, 253,313 Missionary Society, Connecticut, its
Hev. Joseph Bulger's mis-

history,

229
sion among the l'yandois, 135

Massachusetts, its bis-

224
Keith, Rev. Isaac Stockton, D. D.

the same, annual meeting
Dicinoir of,

and report of.

379

tory,

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