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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 Cliristian principles and Christian zeal, as served to relieve the many darket 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 their 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 known 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 rumours 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 kiogdom of Ireland, or the awful end of
a distinguished statesman, or the removal of many faithful servants of God from their labours op 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 reform 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 where 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, pot a few of the above evils are to be found; if the consideration of subjeets like these has 100 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 had 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 clothing, and all ranks, 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 Iudex 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 deliylıtsul, because it is as it were the seed-bed of fur wider and more numerous blessings to future generations, is the growth of that religious and moral zeal, of that spirit of disinterested philaoibropy, of Ibai desire foor universal peace and bappiness, and of that disposition to conciliacion aurl concord, which are now evidently in powerful operation, boih in our own island and in many other parts of the world. Seldom, we are loappy to stale, has a year gone by within the period of our labour's less na ked by ac:imonious religious contioversies among good meu ihan the present; and we would sivcerely hope ihat this abatement of losiility (would obat thicie had not been some exceprions !) does not arise from mcre accident, but that it is a conscquence of the growing prevalence of scoipiu al principles of love, piery, and candour. It is refresbing to behold Chrisiians austering with united strengih “ to the battle of the Loiol against the mininy;" and ibat not only in Great Britain, or, among those who speak a common language with'us on the western side of the Allaucic, iowa dls wiiom a valued crorrespondent in our pages has cuilea vonreri, in an imieresting series of papers, to awakeo just feelings of regard and co-operation, but that, even in less free and less religious countries, Christian principles are wiciely extending ; that eveu Souih America is spurning ignorance and slavery from her soil ; lhat Afiica is opening her bosom in civilization and the Gospel of Peace; that Asia is rising in new life, under the beams of the Sun of Righteousness; and above all, i bai Euiope is almost every wliere enlisiing Cloristians of every game under the common banner of Their Lord aod Saviour for the distribution of his divine word, and the estension of his peaceful triumpus, wherever man and misery are to be found.
What may be the results of these opening scenes of universal peace aud holiness, or when we may witness their development, we dare not trust ourselves to predict; nor will we at present clieck the glow of feeling wlich must ai ise, in every Christian mind, at the anticipation of these blessings, by av enumeration of the many formidable obstacles which still lie in ille way of their allainment, and which require the constant prayers and exertions of the Christiau world to remove. We will railes conclude our remarhs wiib al once congratulating and exhorting ibe younger part of our leaders, who are, we trust; destined not only to behold but largely to share iu these triumphs of mercy, and religion. Many lo whooi our earlier volumes were introduced in childhood and youth, perhaps by pious and affectionale parenis who have since“ ceased from their labouis," and " whose works follow thiem," are now among the active members of another generation, and are witnessing a new succession growing up around ihem to supply the places which they also must sooi Telingaish. On this interesting class of persons much depeuds. What their fathers laboured, through good report and evil report, 10 begin, it is their happier lot to follow up with brighter and more animating prospecís. These sous and daughter's “of saivied sires" constitute a large and important boily of persons whose conduct will be measured, not by the world merely, but by the Searcher of hearis, according to the insti'uc.ions they have received, and the privileges they have enjoyed; and double will be their guilt and shave, if Ivey recede from the ScripTural principles in which they were educated, or oeglect the duties 10 which they were so anxiously trained. Let them then resolve first “ 10 give themselves 10 ibe Lord;" and then let them come forward prepared 10 11ead in the steps of ihose who taught them bow to walk and to please God, and resolved to carry towards perfectiou what the breviry of buwan life, and ille feeblevess of individual effort enabled those who have gone before only to plan and to commence.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
BEING FOR THE YEAR 1822.
On Moral Preaching .......... 15
Family Sermon on Jer. vii. 4 .... 1.11
Law Clerhsirip to Graduales..... Journey throngh N. America
Lii. Intel.-NewWorks-Oxford.. 48 Rev. oj — The Pirate ......
Italy-General Washingion .... Rev. Of Red.-Bradley's Sermons .. 179
North American Indians ...
Pawnbrokers - Copyright .. 17
Voiled States ...
Miscel.-Ileory Martyn defended.. Errutum ........
Modern Popish Miracles ......
Sociely for poor pious Clergymen 123 The Pirate (continued) ........
Ireland-- Poland - Russia-Unit-
enjoying a large share of the comforts of life ;- but what to our minds is
What may be the resulis of these opening scenes of universal peace
Religious Influence of Creation 13 On the Church Service
15 Family Sermon on Jer. vii. 4
Law Clerk sirip to Graduales.... 23 Journey through N. America
Chalmers's. Economy, No. VII. 39 Drawing Lots
Society for Suppression of Vice 135
Simplicity in studying Scripture 74 Great Britain; Reduction of
Miscel.-Leory Martyn defended .. 80 Errulum ..
89 Relig. Com.-- Life of Rev. J. W.
Rer. of—Ramsay's Inquiry
ib. Faniily Sermon on Luke xxiii. 46. 205
Hints for Sunday Schools ib.
Ou Rom. i. 19, 20.
Chalpiers's Economy, No. VIII. 105 Calvary...
Lit, Iniel. — Cambridge-Humane Calvary
117 Miscel.-- Moral Estimate of Para-
Vaccine E tablislement
118 dise Lost
Herculaneum dianuscripts ib. Providential Arrangements in
Bombay Regulation .
Relig. lalel.-Ciurch Missionary So. On the Reports of Societies.... 221
120 Rev.0f-Hoare's Sermons
Society for poor pious Clergymen 123 The Pirate (continued)
Pub. Af.- France
123 Lit. Iniel.-New Works-St. Da.
Spain; Slave Trade
ib. Ireland - Poland-Rassia-Unit-