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independent states; and we have witnessed the first fruits of its baleful success, in arresting the march of improvement. With respect to Spain, indeed, it was impossible not to admit that there were many and great defects in the constitution of government which it adopted. Still, it was obviously susceptible of amendment; and, at least, it removed the obstructions which previously existed to the general diffusion of that knowledge which must, before long, have produced the most extensive and beneficial mioral effects. The slave and the prisoner were beginning to feel its benign influence. Even Popery itself, though recognized as the exclusive religion of the state, must have soon had its worst deformities exposed by the light of increasing education, and by the hallowed principles of the word of God, which, under the influence of a free press, must, in despite both of Infidelity and of Popery, have found its way to the hands and hearts of the people. These opening prospects, for the present, have closed in darkness and degradation ; and this hapless country has again been consigned, for a time at least, to the gloom of the dark ages of intellectual ignorance, civil thraldom, and popish superstition.

And what is the state of our nearer neighbour, France? To our minds, this country presents a somewhat humiliating spectacle. Spain has been the victim, France the asserter and the agent of tyranny. And the same spirit which has led to the extinction of the rising liberties of Spain, is producing its effect at bome. Encroachments bare already been made, and more, it is said, are meditated, on its boasted charter; while that more sacred Charter, that blessed volame, which discloses to a weary and fainting world “the glorioas liberty of the sons of God,” is beginning to be made frowned upon and discountenanced. The schools of mutual instruction which at one time, under the cordial sanction of the Government, seemed to promise a rapid increase of knowledge, and an extensive promulgation of the pure principles of the word of God, are now discouraged; Bible Societies are made to feel the three same chilling influence; wbile the mummeries of Popery, and the abject servilities of civil and religious bondage, are inculcated, as the weighty matters of the Divine law, by the once proscribed Jesuits, pow restored not only to protection but to favour.

In short, throughout continental Europe, there has been at work a spirit which, unless defeated by its own incautious violence, or overhorne, as we doubt not it ultimately will and must be, by the wider diffusion of knowledge and sound principles, would oproot all that is most valuable to man, whether as concerns bis temporal or his eternal existence. In no respect do we view the ope

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palladian of liberty and religion—the Press. Our own bappy Tern

country is, at the present moment, almost the oply.spot in the old ble of

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Happily, however, for the human race, co-extensive, and more Enning

than co-extensive, witli the cloud which envelops so many of the recog

ancient nations of the European continent, is the bright dawn e soon

which is rising in the Western world. It would seem as if human

freedom and happiness, like the stream of post-diluvian popula. ( God,

tion, had gradually followed the daily circuit of the sun, and had at length penetrated even to the farthest shores of America itself. If we look at the Northern division of the Western World, we

there find the principles of British liberty and pure Christianity country preserved and perpetuated, not only in the continental possessions

of our own country, but by the descendants of our own forefathers in the extensive circuit of the United States. The Southern continent also is consolidating its liberties, and opening wide channels to the inlet of knowledge, and the diffusion of scriptural Christianity. And, even as respects the islands which intervene between these two continents, in the British portions of them especially

, we are persuaded that a voice has gone forth within the past year, wbich shall not be overpowered till European piety and humanity sball bave gradually and safely, but effectually, delivered their shores from the foul reproach of slavery, and reared in that bouse of bondage a temple to Him with whom is no respect of persons, and who shed his blood for all nations of the earth, without distinction of clime or colour.

With earnest gratitude to God we record, that the various bebevolent institutions wbich bave for their object this and every other work of Christian mercy, and wbich reflect so much honour un our age and country, have during another year made a steady progress, both in the affections of their friends and in the subversion of the kingdom of sin and darkness. The Bible, and the cause of the Bible, are continuing their triumphant course ; Christianity is penetrating the high places of pagan idolatry; the East and the West, the North and the South, are receiving the wel.

of salvation; and each new station, won from the power of the god of this world, is becoming an additional centre Uld op of action around which to extend the triumphs of the Cross into

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ant upon earth, we may be allowed to turn aside to that particular art of it with which we are immediately connected, we cannot but congratulate our readers upon the extension of the priniples and the formularies of our own scriptural church. Our lergy, missionaries, foreign chaplains, and the lay members of sur church, are widely diffusing her primitive doctrines and disipline; our Prayers and Articles and Homilies are from day to day ollowing the track marked out for their admission, by the circulaion of the Bible, and the labours of Missionaries among the neatlien ; in India, tbe beneficial exertions of our church are inreasingly felt; in Western Africa, that church bas reaped some of her most delightfal froits; the importance of strengthening her pale in our West India colonies, is now generally acknowledged; and not least among our own Transatlantic brethren in the United States, ber influence is spreading, and has sought out the religious necessities of mankind, to the very verge of civilized existence, amidst the waters of Ohio and the forests of the farthest West. These are bloodless triumphs; the harbingers, we trust, of yet more glorious achievements! May every succeeding year prepare the way for the universal extension and establishment of the Redeemer's kingdom !

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NUMBER 1.

Original Memorials

... 104

Relic. Cox.-Memoit of Thomas Bishop Magee's Raphoe Charge. 110

Hogg

1 Archbp. Magee's Dublin Charge ib.

some

Family Sermons.No. CLXIX. Lit. Intel.-Great Britain-New

On Luke xviii. 37

13 Works; Human Life ; English

og her

Definition of an Evangelical Mi.

117

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17

Miscel.—Journey throngh North

System

119

Inited

America (coutinued)

18 Portugal

ib.

Short Sermons

23 India

ib.

Tigions

Strictures on Edinburgh Review 24

Thibet

120

stence, Miners of Leadhills.,

26 Relig.INTEL.-Church of England 121

REV.of-Jowell's Christian Re Planting Cross at Montpellier

125

West.

searches

30 Pub. AFF.–Foreign-France

of yet

Dealtry's Sermon on Owen

45

129

Spain
Hughes's Sermon..............

ib. Turkey-Greeks; Turkish Des.

prepare

Steinkopff's Speech

ib. potism

ib. Domestic

130

Tribute of Gratitude

ib.

LIT. INTEL-Great Britain-New

NUMBER 111.

Works; Cambridge; Prison

RELIG. COM.--Memoir of Bossuet

Laws; Vagrant Laws ; Popa-

(continued)

133

lation Returns

55 Lessons to be learned by Parents 139

Syria

56 Judas Iscariot a Witness for Christ 142

RELIG. INTEL--British and Foreign

Family Sermons.No. CLXXI.

Bible Society

57 On 1 John iii. 8

147

American Board of Missions.... 61 Miscel --Journey through North

Bishop's College, Calcutta......

64 America (continued)

151

Paris Missionary Society

ib. Clerical Provident Societies 156

School lustitution at Glay

ib. On diminishing Oaths

........ 157

Pub. Apr - Foreign-Congress at
Rev. OF--Browne's Charge

160

Verona

65 Lellers on Prejudice (continued) 169

66 Wliarely on Party Feeling (con.'
Spain
ib. tinued)

ib.
ib. LIT. INTEL.--Great Britain--New
Domestic--Conduct Spain;

Works; Cambridge; King's

Greeks

67 Library

181

ECCLESIASTICA L PREFERMENTS.... 68

Stonehenge-Blood-Liberty 182

ERRATA

ib. India

183

Relig. INTEL.-Anti-Slavery So.

NUMBER II.

cieties

...., 185

Relig. Con.-llemoir of Bossuet .

69 Education in Egypt

189

Original Language of the New Jews' Society

ib,

Testament....

74 St. David's Church Union Society 190

Scriplural Illustrations. No. III. 77 Paris Society for Christiav Morals 191

Fanily Sermous. No. CLXX. Poor Pious Clergy Society....

On John ix. 9

81 PUB. AFR.-Foreign-France

Benefits of Christianity on Hea Spain

por.........., 194

85 Portugal

195

MISCEL.-Journey through North

China

... ib.

America (continued)

86 Domestic-Irish Tithes; Swear-

Clergyman and Magistrate

92 ing Act; Slavery

ib.

Privateering.

95 OBIT.-Bishop and Archdeacon of

Heber's Missionary Hymn

96 Calcutta...

198

Rev. OFm-Letters on Prejudice

97

Whately on Party Feeling

ib.

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NUMBER IV.

Society for Propagation of Gospel 592

Relig. Com.-Memoir of Bossuet Church Missionary Society

.... 323

(continued)

.... 201 Refitge for the Destitute ...... 321

Scriptural Illustrations.-No.IV. 207 London Anti-Slavery Society

ib.
Family Sermons.- No. CLXXII. Pub. AFF.- Foreigu--Spain

328

On 1 Johu i, 3 ....

211 Domestic--Slaves

329

Sani's Visit to Witch of Endor 215 Ireland-Marriage Bill.is 331
Application of Prophecy

218 ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS 332

MISCEL.-Journey throngh North

America (continued)

218

NUMBER VI.

Conduct of Christians to Hea. RELIG. COM.—Memoir of Bossnet

thens

224 (concluded)

.... 333

Rev. Up-Letters Prejudice Scriptural Illustrations. No V. 359
(concluded)

230 Family Sermons. —No.CLXXIV.

Whately on Party Feeling (con-

On Job xxxiii. 14

343

cluded)

ib. Usefulness of Prophecy

347

Buddiconi's Sermons

247 Miscel.--Journey throngh North

LIT. INTEL.—Great Britain-New

America (concluded)

331
Works; London Asiatic So. Mather's Desiderata

359
ciety of London; Galvanic Cop-

Conduct towards Heathens SEL
ductor

253 Rev. 07-Milman's Jerusalem 361

Ear

25+ Belshazzar

ib.

France--Medical Dispensatories

And Martyr of Autioch

ib.
-Arctic Seag-Flourens' Ex. Martyn's Sermons

376

periments

ib. LIT. INTEL.-Great Britajn--New

Italy-Ancient 'Taverns

255 Works; Oxford; Uanıbridge 385
St. Michael's–Orange Groves ib.

Surrey lostitution; Garrick's Li.
United States-Barley Wood ib.

brary; Coronation Expenses.. 386
India–Todd's Dictionary-Gyp Anstrian Censorship

ib.
ib. United States, Printing Appa.
FELG. INTEL.–Prayer-book and

ratus

ib.

Homily Society

... 256 India- Education ; Native Jews ib.

Basle Evangelical Missionary So-

New South Wales - Agricultural

ciety

259 Society

387

Education in Germany, &c. ib. Relig. INTEL.–Casie among Hin.
American Colonization Society . 260 doos

388

Norih-American Indians

261 London Jews' Society

391

UB. AFF.- France and Spain .... 261 Merchant-Seamen's Bible Society. 595

Portugal

262 Pub. AFF.-Foreign-Spain 398

Conflagration in Constantinople Portugal

ib.

-Greeks

Domestic – Slavery; Lotteries;

Domestic-Parliament

ib.

Marriage Bill; Criminal Laws;

CCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS 263

Gamé, &C....

it.

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264 ERRATUM

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