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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
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,
Chinsurah, mission at,
35, 43, 558
68,112 Christians, reasons why they should
Chronological table, uses of, 179
- for the year 1814,568
519 Cochin, view of, from Messrs. Nott
Concert of prayer,
Consociation of churches, remarks
ons Youth for the Gospel Ministry, for Educating Pious Youth for the
of the Society, formed in
Controversy, religions, necessity of, 248
565 Convention, Baptist, for missionary
Deceitfulness of sin,
Dedication of the church in East Sad.
Demarara, mission at,
Destitute settlements, on communi-
Departure of the missionaries,
Distinction between the righteous
Doing good, thoughts on,
Donations to the American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Mis.
sions, 46,89,138,193,237, 287,326,386,
Donations to the Massachusetts Mis-
Eltor, address of the, to the public,
441 ligion in some parts of the country, 78
53S eru district of New Haven County,
Foreign Mission Society of Boston Lascars, efforts to instruct the, 38,553
the Rev. Dr. Worcester,
from Mr. Harington,
Sir Gore Ousely,
the Secretary of the Church
40 Missionary Society to the Rev. Dr.
Unitarians in Great Britain to
533 the Mahometan ambassador, 72
William Wells, juu. Esq. to the
from the same to the editor of
357 Lindsey, Rev. Theophilus, his creed, 216
359 London Missionary Society, tventi-
twenty-first annual report of
40 Lovel, Dea. Asa, memoir of, 387
571 Muine, missions ir, by Massachusetts
Society for promoting Christian
missionaries employed by,429
Rev Isaac S. Keith, D.D.
Mr. Philanthropos Perry, 337
lieneral Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church, extracis
90 Mills and Smith, Rev. Messrs. let.
-American, letters from,
to the Rev. Dr. Worcester, 182
- to the Treasurer of the
Massachusetts, its bis-
the same, annual meeting
and report of.