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T the conclusion of a second volume, the pub

lisher is happy to announce to his readers the progrels of the missionary spirit, and the extension of the benevolent plans which it has produced.

Among those in whom it was first awakened, he observes no abatement of the union, the zeal, and liberality which it' inspired. Many who formerly were indifferent to their plans, have warmly engaged in the support of them; and not a few who had condemned the whole work, as premature and enthusiastic, have since acknowledged the divine agency in it.

It must be confessed that many difficulties, which were not foreseen, have occurred; some of the most promising plans have been disconcerted, and the most flattering hopes disappointed. By these events superficial observers of the divine dealings have been discouraged, and the faith, as well as patience, of the strongest be. lievers tried. But of what importance is the capture of a ship, the alarm and flight of a few missionaries, or the fruitless expense of a whole voyage, compáred with the “ trial of faith; being much more precious than of gold that perisheth?”

If the Duff has been captured, in that event God hath discovered to the missionaries, and to all who have read the history of their treatment, his faithfulness to his promises, and his power to protect his people and to controul the hearts of their enemies. If the flattering prospect in the South Seas has not been realized, still a beginning has been inade, the good feed has been sown, a few remain to cultivate it, and the disappointment, if such it may be called, has issued in a more extensive decla--' ration of the gospel in New-Holland. If one mission to the interior of Africa has failed, another in the south of it promises great success; and a new society has been established in London, for “ miffions to Africa and the

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east,” by members of the established church of England. Although it had long been supposed that the cast of the Hindoos opposed an inseparable bar to their conversion; yet, from the Baptist miffionaries who labour among them, very pleasing intelligence has lately been received. Through their united labours, the New Testament has been translated into the prevailing language of that country, and a part, perhaps by this time the whole of it, is printed. Provision is also now making for a tranflation of the scriptures into the Chinese language, which will give them access to millions who are perishing for lack of knowledge,

The cultivation of the missionary spirit in Britain has contributed to its origin or revival in other parts of Europe and America. On the very theatre of war,

and amidst all the horrors of political distraction, in Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands, compassion for the perishing heathen has, in an unusual degree, manifested itself. Besides four societies instituted with the express design of carrying the gospel to the Indians, almost every religious denomination in this country has made some efforts for their conversion, as well as for the instruction of our frontier settlements.

In tracing the progress of the missionary spirit, the extensive, the persevering and successful labours of the United Brethren should not be forgotten. Taking the lead of all other denominations since the reformation, in this important work, they have not in the least remitted their exertions, but derived new vigour from the activity of others. On the whole, it is manifest, that a compassion for the poor heathen is increasing, and the plans prompted by it daily becoming more extensive and successful; the cloud which a few years ago was but as a man's hand, is rapidly overspreading the heavens.

The attention of the christian church, in every part of the world, to this subject, instead of diminishing, is remarkably kept up. The number of periodical publications, to which the revival of the missionary spirit gave rise, has greatly increased. Besides those which are printed in Germany and the Netherlands, upwards of 30,000 numbers are circulated every month in GreatBritain. Since the commencement of this magazine, another, conducted in a very able manner, has obtained a very extensive circulation in this country, and except what arises from the very nature of periodical publications, there has been little diminution of that support which the publisher of this work has heretofore acknowledged to an indulgent public.

As earnestly as ever engaged to merit the countenance of his readers, he solicits the aid of their communications as well as of their punctual contributions, and engages, while they continue their support, to carry on the work as far as possible, in conformity with the conditions under which it commenced, except in the period of publication, which will be the commencement of each month, instead of every two inonths. To this he has been induced by the counsel of his friends, and the defire of making more frequent communications of religious intelligence, which becomes daily more interesting.

The friends of this work are again urged to communicate such materials and articles of intelligence as may be suitable for insertion. Short elucidations of fundamental doctrines, facred criticisın, reviews of religious publications, every thing that inay have a tendency to counteract the pernicious influence of error; anecdotes, remarkable providences, experience of dying christians, well authenticated biography of faithful ministers and eminent saints, incidents respecting the ordination and settlement of ministers, the organization of congregations, and accounts of the revival of religion in particular congregations or districts: with the information upon these subjects which many have it in their power to afford, it is hoped that this work will contribute both to the entertainment and instruction of christians, while it cannot but offer to them continual inducements to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.

New-York, Nov. I, 1801.

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FRICA, dialogue Dialogue on sending mis-
sending missionaries to 25 sionaries to Africa

25
Atheism and Universalism, Drunkenness reproved by .a
comparison between 50

beast
Address of Tuscarora Chiefs Óc Death of the Rev. Samuel
Address of Red Jacket 68 Smith

471
Address of Farmer's brother, 72 Death of Mrs. Mary Davis 475
Anthony, Susannah 156 Edwards, president, letter of 42
Apprentices, a dialogue be- Education, letters on 52, 107.
tween two

268

181, 252, 348
Anecdote, with its applica- Essay on the images of
ion
273 Scripture

98
Asylum, female

381 Elliot, memoirs of Rev. Mr. .151
Agency, moral, knowledge Enemies, on hating and curs-
necessary to

114
ing them

195
African missionary society 477 Erskine's letters, extracts
Anniversary, seventh, of the

from

232
London missionary socitey ibid English missions, state of 233
Backslider

146 Experience of J. M. 459
Booth's Glad Tidings 150, 302 Extracts from the Rev. Mr.
Boston female society 379 Sergeant's journal

371
Boston female asylum

381

Farmer's brother's address

72
Berridge, Rev. Mr. letter Faith, Scott's, warrant and
from
45+ nature of

150
Baptist mission in Bengal 478 Female society

379-
Bengallee scriptures ibid Female asylum
Christ, mediation of, con- French prisoners
sistent with reason

8 Fuller, Rev. A. letter from 480
Charity, scripture meaning Glasgow missionary society 220
of

17, 89 Gospel its own Witness,
Christmas, right way of re- Query to the author of 283
joicing at

34 Gentiles, first fruits of Ame-
Comparison between Uni-

rican

287, 344
versalism and Atheisin 50 Holmes, Rev. Mr. letters
Cowper, William, memoirs

from

58, 64
of

167, 245 Huntington, awakening at 147
Carey, Rev. Wm. letter froin 307 Hamburgh, some account of 222
Correspondence, realletter of 388 Hudson, David, some ac-
Conversation between Mrs.

count of

294"
Simpsou and Mrs. Betty 426 Huntington, lady,characterof 365
Coroniandel, intelligence Hall's sermon remarked on 385
from

479 Haweis, Rev.Dr, letter from 400

381
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ral agency

283

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Holland, New, intelligence Mission, baptist East-India 235
from

477 Massachusetts missionary so-
61, 68, 7?
ciety

261
Inquiry into the scripture Missionary society of Con-
meaning of charity 17, 89

necticut
Journal, the Rev. Mr. Ser- More, memoirs of Miss Han-
geant's, extracts from

371
nah

357
Intelligence from the Rev. Netherland missionary so-
Mr. Holmes

ciety
Intelligence from Tonga- New-York missionary só-
taboo
228 ciety

401
Intelligence from Otaheite 230 Otaheite, missions at

230
Intelligence from Edinburgh 232 Ohio presbytery, account of 311
Intelligence from Moulin 210 Praying for others, duty of 131
Intelligence from the Nether- Pearce, Rev. Samuel, some
land missionary society 224

account of

241, 413
Knowledge necessary to mo- Patience portrayed

28%
114 Prisoners, French, at Liver-
Letter from president Ed-

pool

398
wards

42 Query
Letters from the Rev. Mr. Query, reply to the 283
Holmes

58, 64 Quebec, intelligence from 477
Letters on education 52, 107, Rejoicing at Christmas 34
181, 252, 348 Red Jacket's address

6S
London missionary society 208, Reflections on the 19th cen-
477 tury

145
Letter from Rev.Wm.Carey 307 Religion, revival of, at Mou-
Letter of real correspondence 388 lin

210, 314
Letter from the Rev. Dr. Rio de Janeiro, missionaries
Haweis
400 at

320
Letter from Miss P. I. +56 Rogers, Rev. Mr. anecdote of 408
Liverpool, French prisoners Review of Worlds Displayed 476
at

398 Sheriff, Rev. Francis, me-
Mediation of Christ consist-

moirs of
ent with reason

8 Scripture images, an essay on 93
Melchizedeck, of

118 Sabbath, on the observance
Married state, dream on 122, 187 of the

103
Morals, depravation of 14+ Steinkopf's letter

133
Missionary society of Lon- Sin and grace, conflict of
don
208, 477 Scraps

149
Moulin, revival of religion at 210 Scott and Booth

150
Missionary society of Glas- Society, missionar of Mas-
gow

sachusetts

261
Missionaries at Tongataboo 228 Sin, on the evil of 277, 339
Missionaries at Otaheite. 230 Shepherd, the praying 364
Missionaries at Riode Janeiro 320 Sergeant, the Rev. Mr. ex:
Missions, sketch of English 233 tracts from his journal

371

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