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PREFACE. of Cambridge
Ar the commencement of this volume we expressed our deter: mination to lend our most cordial and efficient cooperation to measures designed to facilitate the acquisition of religious knowledge in Bible classes. At its close, while we review the year and find much cause of regret that no more has been done or even attempted for reclaiming a revolted and wretched race; we can and must rejoice that such powerful and extended impulse has been imparted to Bible class measures. While thousands of youth have been this year collected around their Pastors, and inestimable advantages have been flowing from such auxiliary ineans to the public services of the sanctuary, a broad foundation has also been laid for future years. The measures taken by the Pastoral Association and the General Association of Massachusetts; by the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church, and by the General Association of New Hampshire, are pledges that the friends of zion will not rest, till all the young people of our land shall have the opportunity of attending at the Bible class lecture. If our pages, or our efforts have in any bumble measure contributed to these results, we shall esteein it our highest honour and our most exalted privilege. Nor dare we wholly to desist from labours in this particular part of the vineyard, till more able and energetic instruments shall be raised up for these specifick duties.
We would again return thanks to correspondents and to patrons, believing that the former have been rising in the merit of their contributions, and the latter in the interest they have felt in the perusal of our numbers.
Believing that important advantages would result from an union of the Monitor and Guardian, the Editors and Publishers of the two works have made arrangements for their union after the ent volume. The particular excellencies of each plan will be retained and original articles from both the Editors will continue to be inserted. The terms will be the same as before, and suba scribers to either will be considered as patrons of the united work, which will be issued monthly from Boston and New Haven, the first of the month.
Boston, Dec. 1824.
Address before a Sabbath
calculated to pro
Extracts of Dr. Hum Contentment
Bible Class, Exercise of a 64 to Parents
103 Eagle, Nat. Hist. of the 97
Instruction in N. York, Education, Strictures on
Votes of the General Enterprise, the Magnitude
nod of the Dutch Re Evening
Societies, utility of 251 Fame, the Love of
366, 399 Fire side, the
388 Firmament, celestial
Cold, extreme, effects of 27 Goodness is Beaut
121 Religion of Convenience 301
425 Reservation, the
ziede, useful, acquir Rogers, Dr. Anecdote of 319
Vioon and Stars 349, 378 Slave, the
efiucd and univer Truth, Triumph of
39 Washington, General 34
At the commencement of the year we have often thought of the young man's exclamation when he bad lost what was not his own! “ ALAS, MASTER, FOR IT WAS BORROWED !” In theory we readily admit that all we possess is only LENT us; but has this solemn truth habitually influenced our practice the past year? Has it governed our past lives?
Fellow immortals,-fellow subjects of the moral gov. ernment of God; suffer us to commence our paper this year with a series of plain interrogations, in which editors and readers, young and old, are personally concerned. What use have we made of the TALENTS the KNOWLEDGE, the PROPERTY, the INFLUENCE and the TIME which God has LENT US? In our present inquiries respecting our stewardship we shall only glance at the first four of these topics, and enlarge under the last.
In the intellectual world we discover an inequality in the bestowment of Heaven's gifts; but the responsibility is proportionate to the intellect bestowed and the means of cultivating it enjoyed. Has God lent any of us vigorous intellectual powers, how have they been used? Have not some of us perverted them? Have not all of us failed of employing them as actively for Gos as we might have done ? Alas, they were borrowed ! Nor may we plead the want of genius as the excuse for perverting or hiding ordinary mental powers. We are accountable, not only for the capacity of mind we actually possess, but for that expansion which we had the means of giving it, and for all which such a mind might have accomplished.