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PREFACE.

AT the close of another annual volume, it may be proper for us to look back upon the year past, and to examine soberly the tendency and the effect of our labors. Charged with the management of a religious magazine, which is pretty extensively circulated, we ought not only to exercise a spirit of candor and caution generally, but also to seize every suitable opportunity of re-examining our pages. Know thyself is an exhortation of great moment to every man; but upon the conductors of religious periodical works, and indeed upon all writers on religious subjects, it presses with peculiar obligation. Persons of these classes should carefully scrutinize their motives, their temper, their habitual feelings; and if these are pure, dispassionate, and benevolent, it may be inferred that they will not produce writings of a dissimilar character. May we ever feel the responsibility attached to our situation; and may the tendency of our exertions be as salutary, as the cause in which we are professedly engaged is sacred and interesting

Our readers will not forget, we hope, their own responsibility. Should they find us teaching any false doctrine, or leading them astray from the path of duty, they are bound to reject our conclusions in every such instance. They will not, however, for a single error condemn a volume; nor magnify a mistake, or an inadvertency, into an incorrigible fault. Above all, they will not, we are ready to persuade ourselves, neglect any plain duty, which may have been urged in our work to their entire conviction, and which is forced home to their consciences by the most awful sanctions.

The present age is really an age of great improvements, after making every reasonable allowance for prejudice in favor of our own times. It is to be remarked, however, that those who make the greatest boast of their supe. rior illumination are not always favored with the true

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light; and that the careful observer of Divine Providence, the studious, unobtrusive, prayerful reader of the Scriptures, is much more probably in possession of genuine wisdom, than those who trust themselves to modern discoveries and new inventions.

Among the improvements of the present day, the increase of able writers, and discriminating readers, is de. serving of particular notice. Perhaps our country does, not yet come in for a large share of

this increase; but in Great Britian no preceding age has seen one tenth part of the number of persons belonging to these two classes, which could now be enrolled and formed into a literary phalanx. On all great moral, religious, and political subjects, the most powerful minds are busily and continually engaged, and real knowledge is continually increased. The amazing events of the last quarter of a century seem to have given a new character to the human intellect. The fierce volcanic fires, which seemed to burst through the fissures of a world crumbling to ruins, have been succeeded by gentler flames, whose kindly influence cheers, enlightens, and blesses mankind. We are far from implying by these observations, that the great mass of literary productions are of so favorable a character. In the present state of the world, it must be expected that the press will be throwing upon the public much corrupt speculation, and much spurious morality. No remedy will be found for this evil before the general prevalence of truth at the introduction of the millennium.

Another great improvement is observable in the fact, that Christians dwell less upon the forms and more upon the substance of religion, than has usually been the case in preceding times. Hence results an uncommon union in promoting the cause of Christ both at home and abroad; a union which, we trust, will continue, and increase till the kingdom of God shall be established through the world.

To our correspondents we cheerfully return thanks for their assistance, and resign to them their full proportion of whatever merit this volume possesses.

Boston, May 20, 181$.

T TAL ESSAYS, INTELLIGENCE, &o. &o. CONTAINED IN THIS

VOLUME.

ABASSINIA, account of the em- Asiatic languages, translation of
pire and church of

529

the Scriptures into, viz
Abbot, Samuel, Esq. biographi-

Afghan

299
cal notice of

337
Arabic

298
Abbot, Rev. Abiel, review of his

Assam

304
pamphlet, &c.

118
Bengalee

259
Abstract of religious intelli-

Bugis

302
gence
147,277,566
Burman

296
Adams, Mr. Thomas, charac-

Calmuc

304
ter of

248
Carnata

297
Address to the Public

1
Cashmirian

301
Afgban language, translation of

Chinese

289
the Scriptures into

299
Cingalese

259
Africa and the East, Society for

Comarre

303
missions to

147,566
Guzerattec

294
African and Asiatic Society

147
Hindostanee

264
America, distribution of the

Jaghatai

303
Scriptures in

326
Macassar

302
American Board of Commission.'

Mahratta

267
ers for Foreign Mis.

Malay, eastern

258
sions, report of, at

Malay, western

269
the annual meeting in

Malayalim

296
Sept. 1811

145
Maldivian

302
annual meting of in

Nepala

304
Sept. 1812

224
Orissa

268
officers of

225
Persian

269
report of the Pruden.

Seek

295
tial Committee of 227

Shanscrit

291
instructions to the

Siamese

302
missionaries of, by the

Tamul

256
Prudential Commit.

Telinga

293
tee

233
Turkish

304
pecuniary accounts of 237 Assam language, translation of

annual address of 249 the Scripiures into 304,525
American missionaries in Asia, Association, General, of Massa-
fears concerning

98

chusetts Proper, an.
334

nual meeting of 82
:I letters from 372,467,561

address of

85
Andros, Rev. l'homas, review of Association, General, of Con.

his sermon before the beneyo. necticut, review of the pro.
lent society

182
ceedings of

118
Arabic language, translation of Auditor's certificate of the A.
the Scriptures into

298 merican Board of Commission-
Ardent spirits, Dr, Kush's table ers for Foreign Missions 28.5
shewing the lenden, Baptist mission, outline of 4,62

430
missionary society, for-

8

mation of
essays on the ruinous

effects of 415,442,536 mission printing office,
Asia, evangelical exertions in,

burning of

42
(See Evangelical exertions in Bengalee language, translation
Leia.]

of the Scriptures into

2:9
distribution of the Scriptures Bible Society, British and For.
in

325

eigo, 8th annual meet.

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