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IN the Preface to our twentieth volume", we took a retrospective glance of the general character and events of the fifth part of a century which had then rolled away since we commenced our humble labours. We were enabled to present to our readers, if not a scene glowing with unmingled radiance, yet, upon the whole, such a brightening prospect, in respect to the progress of light and liberty, of humanity and public happiness, of Christian principles and Christian zeal, as served to relieve the many darker shades in the sketch, and to give the assurance of the approach of a more perfect day. No devout reader, we are persuaded, can look back upon the establishment and rapid advance of those benign institutions to which we then adverted, or can contemplate iheir continued and accelerated progress as recorded even in the succinct digests of our present volume, without feelings of delight and admiration; without lively gratitude to the Author of every good gift, for his manifold mercies to a guilty and perishing world ; without fervent prayer that his ways may be speedily koown upon earth, his saving health unto all nations; and, in addition to all, without invigorated zeal, and renewed exertions, and warmer love, and inore expanded liberality in forwarding this glorious consummation. If during the last year, we bave had the melancholy task of recording wars and rumoars of wars; if we have had to lament instances of political selfishness, or crooked policy, or unjust encroachment, or the sacrifice of Christian sympathy and duty at the shrine of a doubtful and short-sighted expediency; if in any instances we have seen power overstrained or popular liberty abused; if we bave witnessed the opposition between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness becoming more fearfully conspicuous, and the latter on any occasion triumphing for a moment over the former; if amidst our domestic events we have had to regret the continuance of distress in some agricultural districts, or the afflictions of the sister kingdom of Ireland, or the awful end of a distinguished statesman, or the removal of many faithful servants of God from their labours on earth to their reward in heaven; if many of our poor are still uneducated, and left destitute of Christian instruction ; if our Sabbaths are still polluted; if many blots still remain in our legislation ; if vice, irreligion, and blasphemy still continue to distil their venom; and if some of those who should be most anxious to repress them are wasting their energies, and afflicting their country, in arresting the great march of improvement, in denouncing whatever is projected or achieved, except by themselves, to train the upinstructed, to retorm the prisoner, to disenthral the slave, to reelaim the vicious, to civilize the barbarian, to christianize the heathen, and to enlighten and bless mankind; and if even in the Christian church itself wbere far the largest share of disinterested zeal and virtue ought to be expected, and where we are happy to believe a large share really exists, not a few of the above evils are to be found;—if the consideration of subjects like these bas too often forced itself upon us in the course of our periodical labours during another year; still while we reflect on the many facts of an opposite tendency which we have bad the privilege of recording, and on the powerful influences which, under the Divine favour, are at work for the lasting benefit of the world, we are disposed to “thank God and take courage." It is certainly a blessing of no inconsiderable magnitude to have had another year of peace; to have witnessed an increase of national prosperity ; to have seen our poor eating cheap bread and clothed with cheap clotbing, and all rauks, with the exception before mentioned,

Oar readers are apprized, that, for the convenience of making the numeral of the year and of our volumes correspond in future with each other, the General Index to the first twenty volumes (which is in a considerable state of forwardness, and inay be expected in a very few enjoying a large share of the comforts of life ;- but what to our minds is still more deliylılful, because it is as it were the seed-bed of far wider and more numerous blessings to future generations, is the growth of that jeligious and moral zeal, of that spirit of disinterested plilaothropy, of thai desire for universal peace and happiness, and of that disposition to conciliation and concord, which are now evidently in powerful operation, both in our own island and in many other parts of the world. Seldom, we are happy to stale, bas a year gone by within the period of our labours less marked by acrimonious religious contioversies among good men ihan the present; and we would sincerely liope ihat this abatement of liosiility (would that thicie liad not been some exceptions !) does not arise from mere accident, but that it is a consequence of the growiog prevalence of sciipiwal principles of love, piely, and candour. It is refresbing to behold Christians njustering with united strengih “ to the battle of the Loid against the mighriy;" and obal not only in Great Britain, or, among those who speak a common language wiih'us on the western side of the Aslantic, (iowa ds whom a valued correspondent in our pages has endeavoureti, in au inieresting series of papers, 10 awaken just feelings of regard and co-operation, but thal, even in less free and less religious countries, Christian principles are widely exteoding; that even South America is spurning ignorance and slavery from ber soil ; that Africa is opening her bosom io civilization and the Gospel of Peace; that Asia is rising io new life, under one beams of the Sun of Righteousness; and above all, ibat Elliope is almost every where enlissing Christians of every tame under ile coninon banner of Their Lord and Saviour for the distribution of his divine word, and the extension of his peaceful triumplas, wherever man and misery are to be found.

What may be llie resulis of these opening scenes of universal peace and holiness, or when we may witness their development, we dare not trust ourselves 10 predict; nor will we at present check the glow of feeling which must arise, in every Christian mind, at the anticipation of these blessings, by av enumeration of the many formidable obstacles which still lie in ile way of their altainment, and which require the conslant pavers and exertions of the Christian world to remove. We will railies conclude our remarks wiib al once congratulating and exhorting ibe younger pa.t of our readers, who are, we trust, desiined not only to behold but Jargely to share iu Ibese triumplis of mercy and religion, Many to whom our earlier volumes were introduced in childhood and youth, perhaps by pious and affectionate parents who have since“ ceased from their labouis," and “whose worhs follow thiem," are now among the active members of anolber generation, and are witnessing a vew succession growing up around item to supply the places which they also must sooù velinguish. On this interesting class of persons much depends. What their fathers laboured, through good report and evil report, 10 begin, it is their happier lot to follow up wirb brigliler and more animating prospecis. These sous and daughter's “of saivied sires" coustilute a lange and important body of per:Ons whose conduct will be measured, not by the world merely, but by the Searcher of hearis, according to the instruccions they have received, and the privileges they bave enjoyed; and double will be their guilt and shaure, if they recede from the ScripTural priuciples in which they were educated, or veglect the duties io which they were so anxiously trained. Let them then resolve first “ 10 give themselves 10 the Lord;" and then let ilien come forward prepared 10 11ead in the steps of iliose who taught ihem how to walk aud io please God, and resolved to carry towards perfectiou what the brevity of buman life, and the feebleness of individual effort enabled those who have goue before only to plan and to commence.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Page

Page

NUMBER I.

NUMBER IIT.

Relig. Com. – Apocryphal Testa- Relig. Com. — Apocryphal Testa.

ment

1 ment (concluded)..

• 129

Family Sermon on 2 Cor. v. 1.

On Rom. ix. 3 ....

134

Vatican and Alexandrine MSS. 10 Union of critical and devotional

Drawing Lois .........

12 Studies ...

135

Religious Jufluence of Creation 13 Ou the Church Service ... 138

On Moral Preaching ...

15 Family Sermon on Jer. vii. 4 1.11

Miscel.-Jonrney through N. Ame- Worldly Couformity

144

rica....

16 Miscel.-Domestic Instructors .... 145

Law Clerksirip to Graduales.... 23 Journey throngh N. America

fiec. oj – Durnside's Religiou of

(continued)

... 148

Mankind

25 Drawing Lots

.. 153

Chalmers's. Economy, No. VII. 39 Drawing Lots

136

Lii. Intel.-New Works-Oxford.. 48 Rưr.oj -The Pirate

157

Italy-General Washingion ... 49 Rev. of Red.-Bradley's Sermoos 172

Arciic Expedition

ib. Lit. Iniel.-New Works.... 175

Relig. Iniel. – Church Missionary Population-Cambridge-Steam

Society...

50 Engines-Air Pump

175

North American Indians

5.4 Pawnbrokers - Copyright 176

Calcaita Mission College

58 United States

ib.

Colonization Society..... 61 ludia

ib.

Pub. Af. - France..

62 Sumatra

177

Spain--Turkey-United States 63 Relig. Imiel. - Church Missionary

Great Privain; Agricultural Dis.

Society

178

tress; Ireland.

64 North American Indians (cou.

tinued)

181

NUMBER: II.

Society for Suppression of Vice 185

Reliz. Com. — Apocaypiral Testa- Nival and Mil. Bible Society 186

ment (continued)..

65 Drinisin and Foreign Bible Society 187

Oo Luke xxii. 44.

69 Pub. Aff, - France

188

l'ampily Sermon on Luke xix.

Spain -Portgual

190

41, 42..

70 Tukey :

ib.

Simplicity in studying Scripture 74 Great Britain; Redaction of

Discourse with Nicodemus

Stock ; Retrenchiments

ib.

Caisary....

80

Ireland ........

192

Miscel.-Llenry Martyn defended.. 80 Erulum

ib.

Modern Popish Miracles

Pleasing Instance of Catholic Li.

NUMBER IV.

berality

89 Relig. Com.- Lise of Rev. J. W.

Rep. of—Ramsay's Inquiry

92 Fletcher..

Owen's Report

ib. Faniily Sermon on Luke xxiii. 40. 205

Hints for Sunday Schools

ib. Ou Rom. i. 19, 20.

209

Chalmers's Economy, No. VIII. 105 Calvary..

210

Lit. Intel. - Cambridge-Humane Calvary

211

Society ...

Misce!. Moral Estimate of Para-

Vaccine E tablishment

118 dise Lost

211

fierculaneum Januscripts ib. Providential Arrangements in

Bombay Regulacion ....

ib.

Chemistry

218

Relig. Iniel-Church Missionary So. Op the Reports of Societies.... 221

ciery

120 Rev. oj-Hoare's Sernions

........ 223

Society for poor pious Clergymen 123 The Pirate (continued)

........ 237

Puy. Af:-France

123 Lit. Iniel.-New Works-St. Da.

Spain; Slave Trade

ib. vid's Society

Turkey

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ib. Ireland-Poland-Russia-Unit-
Great Britain; Ireland... 126 ed States

ib.

....

231

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Relig. Intel. - British and Foreign Relig. Intel.-Christianity among the

Bible Society

255

Jews Soeiety

384

African Institution..

East Lothian Libraries

586

Education in Russia

256 Edinburgh Deaf and Durb In-

Pub. Aft:-France-Spain .

258 stitution..

ib.

Turkey

259 Pub. Aff:-France

387

Great Britain

ib.

388

Ecclesiastical Preferments

259 China...

389

Erratum ....

260 Great Britain: Ireland ; Catholic

Peers; Criminal Code; Mar.

NUMBER. V.

riage Laws; Currency; Peter-

Relig. Com.-Christianity not hos.

borough Questions

ib.

tile to Literature.

261 Obituary.--Rey. J. J. Dewe

390

On Heb. ix. S....

264 Ecclesiastical Preferments ..... 398

Erasmus on Missions

266 Errata

392

Family Sermon on 2 Pet. i. 10,

11.

271

NUMBER VII.

Alms and Oblations

275 Relig. Com.--On some prevailing

Alms and Oblation's

276 Iniquities

393

Miscel.-Estimate of Milton's Para-

Peterborough Questions

402

dise Lost (concluded)........ 278 Family Sermon on 1 Cor. iii. 11. 407

Journey through North America

On John xvi. 8—11.

410

(continned)

284 Miscel.--Journey through North

Bunyan's Meeting-house ... 291 America (continued)

412

Venetian Castom .... .... 292

Boxing

..... 418

Rev. af-Campbell's Second Jonrney 293 Rev. of-Kennedy's Psalmody

Wilks on a Moral Life

311 Bishop of Peterborongh's Charge ib.

Lit. Intel.-New Works--Oxford

Gray's Inquiry.

ib.

--Cambridge

317 Sheffield Psalms..

ib.

Westminster Abbey- Antedilu.

Woodd's Metrical Version.. ib.

vian Den-Welshi Mannscripts 318 Lowe's Psalms

ib.

Russia—Egypt..

ib. Montgomery's Songs of Zion.... ib.

India - United States

319 Jefferson's Duty of Church-

Relig. Intel.-Society for Christian

wardens

Knowledge

..... 320

Lit. Intel.-New Works....

450

Church Tract Society

322 Cambridge Prizes ; Welsh Col-

Prayer-book and Homily Society 324 lege; Jews; Steam Vessels;

Hibernian Society

ib. London Bridge; Roman Anti-

Pub. Aff:-France

324 quities ; Poor Rales

451

Turkey-South America.... 325 Sandwich Islands...

ib.

Great Britain : Agricultural Re. Relig. Intel.-Gaelic School Society 153

ports; Ireland; Catholic Peers 326

Irish Society:

454

Erratum

328

Progress of the Colony of Sierra

Leone

455

NUMBER' VI.

Pub. Aff.-Spain

456

Relig. Com.- Want of Success in the Turkey

457

Ministry....................

329

Great Britain: Irelaud ; Finance;

Family Sermon on Luke xxiv. 51 333 Marriage Act; Slave Trade .. 458

On Rom. ix. 3.

336 Ecclesiastical Preferments...

160

Copleston on Evangelical Hu.

160

mility

ib.

Leadings of Providence...... 388

NUMBER VIII.

Indecorum in Divine Service 339 Relig. Com.-On some prevailing

The Moral Law ...

ib, Iniquities (continued)

461

Biblical Illustration from Bel. Family Sermon on Job xiv. 1.. 465

zoni's Travels

340 Causes of Want of Success in the

Miscel.— Journey through North

Ministry (continued)

........ 470

America (continued).

341 Hints to Religious Students

Smuggling

346 Miscel.—Jonrney through North

Montesquieu on Slavery..... 347 America (continued).

475

Quaker Address on Slave Trade 348 Purchasing Ecclesiastical Pre-

The Obligation to promote Mis-

terments..

481

sious

Exceptionable Picture

482

Rev. of --Dehon's Sermons

353 Lawj on the Sabbath

483

Lit. Intel.---New Works — Oxford Rev. 0f-Haldane's Evidences .... 488

-Cambridge - Newspapers 381 Pearson's Life of Hey........ 501

Coinage- St. Pancras Church 382 Lit. Intel.--New Works- Popular

Sweden-South America, &c. .. ib. Literature-Ancieut Histories 522

South Sea Islands

ib. Academy of Music

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United States ...... ........, 523 Spain

670
Relig. Intel.- Society for Propaga- Portugal.

671

tion of Gospel ...

524 Turkey

ib.

Society for Christian Kuowledge 527 Ecclesiastical Preserments.

ib.
Society for building Churches ib.

Pub. Aff:-France : Berton; Slave

NUMBER XI.

Trade

527 Relig. Com.-Memoir of Dr. Dehon 673

Spain

529 Family Sermon on Heb. vii.

Turkey

ib. 14--17

679

Greece

ib. Ou Jolip xvi. 8-11

683

Great Britain

ib. On the fear of God.

685

Death of Lord Londonderry 531 False Messiahs ....

687

King's Visit to Scotland...... 533 Miscel.—Journey through North

Ecclesiastical Preferments.

533

America (continued)

688

Obit.-Lady Eleanor Eliz. King 534 Parocbial Libraries..

699

Indulgence in Literature

ib.

NUMBER IX,

On reading the Swearing Act,&c. 700

Relig. Com.-On some prevailing Rev. of --Life of the Rev. T. Scott

Iniquities (conclnded)

537

(concluded)...

703

Family Sermon on John'v.44 541 Lit. Intel.-New Works; North-west

Want of Success in the Ministry

Expedition; New Churches;

(concluded)

546 Bethlem Hospital....... 720

Miscel.-Journey through North India

721

America (continued)...

553 United States—“ The Gospel Ad-

Character of Ely Bates

561 vocate.”

722

* A Time to dance"

563 Relig. Intel.-Christianity in the

Rev. of-Phillimore's Speechi 566 South Seas

The New Marriage Act (Cap. Hibernian Society

724

LXXV. Geo. IV.).....

ib. British Irish Ladies' Associa.

Lit. Intel.-NewWorks, WelshCle-

tion....

726

rical College-Mariners' Sav. American Protestant Conventions 728

ings' Banks

595 British and Foreign Bible Society 731

France-Germany

596 Pub. Aff-France

Russia.

ib. Spain-Verona-Turkey

733

Jodia

ib. Obit. Rev. Edward Townshend.. 734

Relig. Intel African Institntion.. 598 Erratum.....

736

Letter of Dr. O'Shaughnessy 601
Pub.Aff-France

601

NUMBER XII.
Spain

602 Relig. Com.--Memoir of Dr. Debon

Tarkey and Greece-Congress of

(concluded)

737

Vienda

603

Family Sermon on Acts xv.9.

.. 743

Great Britain

604 Scriptural Illustrations from Ri.

chardsou's Travels

747

NUMBER X.

Permanency of Christ's Human

Relig. Com.-Memoir of Mrs. Hoff-

Nature

751

man

605 Confirmation and the Lord's Sup-

Illustrations of Scripture, from

per

753

Borckhardt's Syria

615 Miscel - Journey through

North

Family Sermon'on Ephes. ii. 4—7 619 America (continued)

755
Hints to Religious Students 623 Ambrosian Library.....

Miscel.-Journey through North Caution in recommending Books 765

America (continued).. 626 Rev. of-Jarvis's Convention Sermon 766

Correspondence with Bishop Dewar on Family Religion...... 772

Watson

633 Cunningham's Sermons

777

Rer. of-Life of Rev. T. Scott... 636 Lit. Intel.--New Works - Oxford

Bishop of Gloucester's Third

Prizes--Religious Instructor.. 787

Charge ...

656 France-Egypt-United States 788

Lit. Intel.-New Works..

664 Relig. Intel.-- Church MissionarySo.

StatisticalReturns; Apothecaries;

ciety

Oxalid Acid; Discoveries; Female Education in India.... 796

Ancient Edifices

665 British and Foreign Bible Society ib.

United States

ib. Pub Aff.-Congress at Verona

India

...... 666

France

798

Relig. Intel.-Progress of Educa.

799

tion

067 Turkey

Basle Missiovary Society

Great Britain ; Special Assize

American Missionary Institutious ib. Commission

ib.

Pub. Aff.-France

669

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