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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 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 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 koown upon earth, his saving health unto all nations; and, in addition to all, without invigorated zeal, and renewed exertions, and warmer love, and more 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 have 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 continuauce 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 uninstructed, to reform the prisoner, to disenthral the slave, to reclaim 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 has 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 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 Index to the first twenty volumes (which is in a considerable state of forwardness

, and may be expected in a very few

enjoying a large share of the comforts of life ;- but what to our minds is still more deliglitrul, because it is as it were ibe seed-bed of far wider and more numerous blessings 10 fulure generations, is the growth of that religious aadi moral zeal, of that spirit of disinterested philaothropy, of Ibai desire for universal peace and happiness, and of tliat 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, las a year gone by within the period of our labour's less mua ked by acrimonious jeligious cont.oversies among good men than the present; and we would sincerely hope ihat this abatement of liostility (would that thcie had not been some exceptions !) does not arise from mere accident, but that it is a consequence of the growing prevaleuce of sciipural principles of love, piery, and candour. It is refresbing to behold Chrisiians ovu stering withi united strengih “ lo the battle of the Lord against the mighty;" and shat not only in Great Britain, or, among those who speak a common language wiih'us on the western side of the Ailantic, (iowa dls whom a valued correspondent in our pages has endeavourer, in au interesting series of papers, to awaken just feelings of regard and co-operation, but thai, even in less free and less religious countries, Christian principles are widely extending; that even Souih America is spurning ignorance and slavery from ber soil ; that Africa is opening her bosom lo civilizaiion and the Gospel of Peace; thal Asia is rising io new life, under the beams of the Sun of lighteousness; and above all, ibat Eui ope is almost every where enlisting Christians of every name under ihe common banner of Their Lord and Saviour for the distribution of his divine word, and the estension of liis peaceful triumphs, wherever man and misery are to be found.

What may be the results of these opeuing 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 clieck the glow of feeling which must ai ise, in every Christian mind, at the anticipation of these blessings, by au enumeration of the many formidable obstacles which still lie in ile way of their altainment, and which require the constant prayers and exertions of the Christiau world to remove. We will raiher conclude our remarhs wirb al once congratulating and exhorting ibe younger part of our seaders, who are, we trust, destined not only to behold but largely to share iu tbese triumplis of mercy and religion. Many lo whom our earlier volumes were introduced in childhood and youth, perhaps by pious and affectionale parents who have since“ ceased from their labouis," and “whose works follow them,” are now among the active members of another generation, and are witnessing new succession growing up around them to supply ile places which they also must sool relinquish. On this interesting class of persons wuch depends, What their fathers laboured, through good report and evil report, to begin, it is their happier lot to follow up with brighter and more animating prospecis. These sous and daughter's “of sainted sires" constitute a large 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 Ivey recede from the ScripTural priuciples in which they were educated, or oeglect the duties 10 which they were so anxiously trained. Let Them then resolve first: “ 10 give themselves to the Lord;" and then let iliem come forward prepared 10 11ead in the steps of those who taught them bow to walk and io please God, and resolved to carry towards perfection what the brevity of buwan life, and ile feebleuess of individual effort enabled those who have gone before only to plan and to commence.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Page

Page

NUMBER I.

NUMBER III.

Reliz. 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 os

135

Religious In Duence of Creation 13 Ou the Church Service ... 138

On Moral Preacuing ...

15 Family Sermon on Jer. vii. 4 1.11

Bliscel.-Jonrney through N. Ame- Worldly Couformity .......... 144

rica......

16 Miscel.-Domestic Instructors.... 145

Law Clerksiip to Graduales.... 23 Journey through N. America

liev. o - Burnside's Religiou of

(continued)

.......... 148

Mankind

Drawing Lots

153

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

136
Lis. Intel.-New Works-Oxford.. 48 Réo.oj — The Pirate

157

Italy-General Washington ... 49 Rev. of Red.-Bradley's Sermons .. 172

Arciic Expedition

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

Relig. Jniel. — Church Missionary Population-Cambridge-Steam

Society...

50

Engines-Air Pump

175

North American Indians

5.4 Pawnbrokers - Copyright

176

Calcolla Mission College

08 United States ...,

ib.

Colonization Society....
61 Iudia

ib.

Pub. Aff. - France ....

62

Sumatra ....

177

Spain--Turkey-United States 63 Relig. Iniele — Church Missionary

Great Critain; Agricultural Dis.

Society

178

tress; Ireland ..

64 North American Indians (con.
tinued)

1s1
NUMCER II.

Society for Suppression of Vice 135

Reliz. Com. — Apocaypinal Testa- Nival and Mil. Bible Society 180

memil (continued).. .... 65 Divisia and Foreigo Bible Society 187

Oo Luke xxii. 44..

69 Pub. Aff, - France

188

l'amily Sermon on Luke xix.

Spaill-Portgual

.... 190

41, 42...
70 Tukey

ib.
Simplicity in studying Scripture 71 Great Britain; Reduction of
Discourse with Nicodemus ..

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Stock; Retrenciiments

ib,

Calvary.....

80 Ireland ........

192

Miscel.-Ilenry Martyn defended.. 80

Erratum

Modern Popish Miracles
Pleasing Instance of Catholic Li-

NUMBER IV.
beraliiy

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

Rep. of-Ramsay's Inquiry

92 Fletcher.....

193

Owen's t'eport ...

ib. Faniily Sermon on Luke xxiii. 40. 205

Hints for Sunday Schools ib. Vo Rom. i. 19, 20.

209

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

210

Lit. Inirl. – Cambridge-Humane Calvary

211

Society ..

117 Miscel. Moral Estimate of Para-

Vaccine E tablishment

118 dise Lost

211

flerculaneum dianuscripts ib. Providential Arrangements in

Bombay Regulation

ib. Chemistry

218

Relig. Iiel.-Church Missionary So. On the Reports of Societies.... 221

cievy ..

120 Rev. 04-Hoare's Sernions

........ 223

Society for poor pious Clergymen 123 The Pirate (continued)

237

Pub. Af-France

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

Spain; Slave Trade

ib. vid's Society

231

Tarkey

ib. Ireland --Poland-Rossia-Unit-
Great Britain; Ireland... 128 ed States

ib.

ib.

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

Bible Society

255 Jews Soeiety

384

African Institution.

255 East Lothian Libraries

586

Education in Russia

256

Edinburgh Deaf and Dumb In-

Pub. Aff.-France-Spain

258 stitution

Turkey.

259 Pub. Aff.-France

387

Great Britain

ib.

pain - Portugal - Turkey

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. 3......

264 Ecclesiastical Preferments

399

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 arid Oblation's

276 Iniquities

393

Miscel.—Estimate of Milton's Para. Peterboroughi Questions 402

dise Lost (concluded)........ 278 Family Sermon on 1 Cor. jii. 11. 407
Journey through North America On John xvi. 8–11.

410

(continned)

284 Miscel.---Journey through North

Bunyau's Meeting.house

291 America (continued)

412

Venetian Castom

292 Boxing

Rev. of-Campbell's Second Journey 293 Rev. of-Kennedy's Psalmody 420

Wilks on a Moral Life

311 Bishop of Peterborough's Charge ib.

Lit. Intel.-New Works--- Oxford

Gray's Inquiry...

ib.

-Cambridge

317 Sheffield Psalms..

ib.

Westminster Abbey- Aptedilu. Woodd's Metrical Version... ib.
vian Den-Welsh 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....

Church Tract Society

322 Cambridge Prizes ; Welsh Col-

Prayer-book and Honily 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 453

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.... 460

Copleston on Evangelical Hn-

Erratum

....... 160

mility

ib.
Leadings of Providence.

338

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

żoni's Travels ....

340 Causes of Want of Success in the

Miscel. Journey through North

Ministry (continued) ........ 470

America (continued).

S41 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-

ferments....

481

sious

351 Exceptionable Picture ........ 482

Rev. of --Dehon's Sermons ...... 353 Laws on the Sabbath .......... 483

Lit. Intel.-New Works - Oxford Rev. of-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--Ancient Histories 622

South Sea Islands

ib. Academy of Music

523

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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 Knowledge 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 Jolio 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

Parochial 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 (concinded)

537

(concluded)

703

Family Sermon on John v. 44 541 Lit. Intel.-NewWorks; North-west

Want of Success in the Ministry

Expedition ; New Churches;

(concluded)

546

Bethlem Hospital........

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

Rec. of-Phillimore's Speech 566 South Seas

723

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' Say.

American Protestant Conventions 728

ings' Banks

595 British and Foreign Bible Society 731

France-Germany

596 Pub. Aff-France

Russia....

Spain-Verona - Turkey

733

lodia

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. Dehon

Turkey and Greece-Congress of (concluded)

Vienna

603 Family Sermon on Acts xv.9.

743

Great Britain

604 Scriptural Illustrations from Ri.

chardsou's Travels ....

NUMBER X.

Permanency of Christ's Human

· Relig. Com.-Memoir of Mrs. Hoff-

Nature

751

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............ 764

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

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 Missionary So.

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

798

Relig. Intel.--Progress of Educa. Spain...

799

tion.

067 Turkey

ib,

Basle Missionary Society

Great Britain ; Special Assize

American Missionary Institutions ib. Commission

ib.

Pub. Aff.-France

669

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France

...... 668

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