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and of pious and judicious Churchmen, we have no overwhelming fears on account of the inconsiderate efforts of a comparatively small number of partizans, who do not speak the language of their respective brethren. With regard to the Clergy we know this to be the fact; and with regard to the Dissenters we have reason to believe that the unhallowed hostility of late shewn to the Church of England is creating for her not a few new friends in the opposing ranks, and that many, who once hastily thought National Church Establishments unlawful or unnecessary, have been led by the late discussions to consider the question, and have come to conclusions the very opposite of their first impressions.
With regard to the conduct of our own labours, in reference to these and other matters, we purpose, by the blessing of God, continuing our wonted course ; endeavouring to support what we believe to be right, but not apologizing for what is wrong; and if for many years our duty has appeared to us to be rather on the side of the reform of abuses, not less zealous shall we be in buttressing than in amending, in defending the walls than in repairing their breaches. We are to our inmost hearts friends of the Church of England : we believe her to be the most Scriptural Church in all Christendom, and the chief instrument in the hands of God for the spiritual welfare of our land : and if this conviction has made us anxious for her purification, wherever she needed it, no less will it operate in making us zealous in her defence against those who would compass her ruin.
We may say the same of many other of our national institutions. They may require reform ; but in this day of restless change every friend of his country ought to beware that the good be not plucked up with what is evil, and that the axe be not used, instead of the pruning-knife.
Of our efforts during the past year it is rather for our readers to judge, than for us to speak. It has been our duty to address ourselves to many subjects of pressing, and often painful interest; and sometimes to embark in controversies more necessary than recreating and we would hope these labours have “not been in vain in the Lord;”—but we have wished that every Number of our work should also contain important matters of spiritual edification; and, though we do not obtrude upon our readers much of fiction and imagination, we have always endeavoured to afford them higher and more valuable entertainment, mixed with instruction, and particularly in the article of interesting biography, in which our present volume has certainly not been deficient. But, alas ! we are reminded that sorrow mixes with these narratives. We have lost many valued friends; among whom the names of Wilberforce and Hannah More stand conspicuous. But we shall have again to speak of these two eminent Christians and public benefactors, ana will therefore not do more at present than passingly record our affection, our gratitude, and our regrets.
The times are serious, but not, in our apprehension, calculated to encourage despondency. What is best among us, will, we believe, be rendered more than ever firm and pure, after temporary agitations have passed away. We have much reason to bless God for comparative tranquillity at home, and for the continuance of peace with other nations; for the speedy abolition of West-India Slavery, and some other acts of legislative duty and wisdom; for the spirit of brotherly union which prevails in most of our religious societies, and the improvement and prosperity of others; for the striking increase of piety in the land, and remarkably so in our Universities and amongst our Clergy. May the Father of mercies look down upon us and visit us ! May He disappoint the designs of those who have evil will at Zion; and cause the knowledge and practice of His Truth to abound among us more and more!
TABLE OF CONTEVTS.
sent.. Ābuse of Predestination ..........1-28 Rev. Op-Hough's Missionary Vade Mecum
.. Archbishop Howley's Primary Charge .. MISCEL. INTEL, --Clergy Assurance Society
.. Hampstead Chapel.. Burial of Suicides .. Church Commission of 1689.. Bishop Law on Tithes. . Theological College, Geneva.. Malan's Retractation..Genamb's Pilgrimage.. Trappist Monks..Turkey.. American Lottery..Sabbath in New York.. Drunken. ness.. Universalist Publications.. Value of
the Scriptures to a wrecked Crew ...... PUB. AFN.- Elections : Middlesex, West
minster, Hipsbury, Manchester, Leeds,Tower Hamlets, Oldham, &c.; London ; Scotland and Ireland..Reform Acts.. Church Reform
[continued).. Reconciliation.. Being led by
Predestination.. Cottage Allotments ....61-91 Rev. Op-Life and Writings of Robert Hall 95 Pub. App. First Reformed Parliament..
Church Reform.. Dissenters .. Distress of Clergy in Ireland.. West-India Slavery.. South Africa.. Infant Labour. Lord's Day .. National Education..Poor-Laws in Ire. land .. American Temperance Societies .. American States.. Holland and Belgium..
Turkish Empire ........................ 124
Davenant.. Spirit of the Lord not straitened .. Relinquished Missions.. Trials of the Christian.. Parallel Passages of Scripture.. Hutchinsonian Theology.. History of the Catechism.. Ministerial Errors..Worship of the Serpent.. Religious Negroes.. Sacred Poetry : Confidence in God; Isaiah xxxv. 1, 2; Nahum i. 3-8; Morning : “ He that loveth Father or Mother,” &c. ......125—169 REY. opBishop J. B. Sumner's Charge..
Young Christian, by Abbott..The same, with
Corrections by Rev. J.W.Cunningham 169-181 Pos. AF Parliament.. King's Speech..
Ireland.. Church Establishment .......... 186 ANSWERS................................ 188 SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL,- Bible Society .. 188
..Being moved by the Holy Ghost. . Cottage
Allotments.. Poetry: Calvary ...... 189—224 Rev, or-Taylor's Life of Cowper ........ 225 RELIG. INTEL-Evangelical Society of Ge.
neva.. ProtestantChurch of France.. United
States Episcopal Church ............239-243 LIT. AND Mıs, INTEL-Authorized Text of
the English Bible.. HolyOrders.. American Packets.. Luther's Bible.. Courts of Justice .. Superstitious Notion .. Warburton .. Homilies .. Sherlock .. Horsley .. Poole.. Irving .. New Brotherhood .. Purgatory..
Baptismal Names ...................... 245 OBIT.-M. Kieffer ...
**. . .. ............. 2-18 PUB. AFFIrish Church Reform.. Irish Co.
ercion.. Lord's Day.. Factory Bill.. Slavery ..Thanksgiving ...............
.... 250 ANSWERS....
.... 251 SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.-Bible Society..
Hibernian Society.. Brit. and For. School
Dr. Payson (continued]..Faith of Abraham
253-285 Rev. or-Taylor's Life of Cowper (con.
cluded).. Publications on Church Reform :
8.“ Address, by the Rev.W. Pullen” 286-306 LIT. AND Mis. INTEL. - Poor Laws.. Im
proved Investigation.. Copying from Publi.
cations.. Roman Catholic Priesthood ...... 307 PUB.AFP.-Parliament..Irish Coercion Bill ;
Irish Church Bill; Church-of-England
... Admiral Gambier and Rowland Hill.... 310 ANSWERS ...........
......... 316 SUPF. TO RELIG, INTEL.- Bible Society.. Lord's-day Bill
..... 316 NUMBER VI. RELIG. AND Mıs.Com.American Divines :
Dr. Payson (concluded).. Pious Negroes [continued).. Faith of Abraham con. cluded).. Works before Justification .. Tracts of the Christian Knowledge Society .. Burial Service. . Rejecting the Gospel.. Jay on Rowland Hill,. Being moved by the Holy Spirit ......
................317-351 REV. Op-Sargent's Life of Thomason.
Publications on Church Reform (continued]): -9. “ Principles of Church Reform;" by Dr. Arnold--10. " A letter to the King," by J. Perry-11. " A Letter to the Bishop of London ;” by Rev. G. R. Gleig12. " Cui Bono ? by the Rev. H. Cotton, LL D, 13. " Clerical Education ; by a Clergyman"-14. “ On the Office of Deacon,” by the same – 15. “ Non-secular Episcopacy;" by the Rev. T. Sims ..363-372
NUMBER IV. R&LIG. AND Mıs.Com.- American Divines :
Dr. Payson.. Hobart and Strachan on Ecclesiastical Establishments..Children of Religious Parents .. Eliezer of Damascus .. Letters of Secker .. Expounding .. Burial Servico over Suicides.. Hutchinsonianism
vice.. Ministerial Labours dependent upon
Dissent.. Theban Legion ............573-602
.. Publications on Church Reform (con-
Learn 01 Hannah more
King's Speech : Address of the Speaker,
Newspaper on Slavery ..... ....... 635
The Second Spira ".. Forged Sanscrit
RELIG, AND Mis. Con. Address to Tra.
vellers, on the Observance of the Lord's-day
on Sir W. Scott, Poetry ...........445_482
ditto-3. Stanley's Letter to Bishop Gray
by W. Walters ....................483-505
SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.--- Bible Society..
Society for Universal Peace ........ ... 508
States [continued).. Apathy in Missionary
REV. Of-Life of Dr. A. Clarke, edited by J.
B. Clarke.. Publications on Church Reform
LIT. PHIL. AND MIS.INTEL.-Captain Ross,.
--- Proceedings of the Record .. Address of
OBIT.-Rev. G. Burder .................. 753
RELIG. AND Mis. Con.- Malan's Tract,
gistrates ............................765 7 90
Mis. INTEL --Saturday Magazine.. Christ
mas Carols.. Public Executions..Prayer of
berforce. . Anecdote..................... 88
RELIG. AND Mıs. Com. Cholera at Bi'ston
..Burton's Tract.. Eusebius of Cæsarea..
Society [continued:-1. Strictures on
Uvedale Price ......................541-565