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CONSISTING OF TWELVE NUMBERS, TO BE
FROM JULY 1803 TO JUNE 1804.
THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS MAGAZINE ARE
OF WHICH IS TO BE APPROPRIATED, BY THE TRUSTEES
OF MISSIONS IN THE NEW AMERICAN SETTLEMENTS,
T the commencement of another volume of this Magazine, the Editors
are naturally reminded of their obligations to their numerous cor. respondents, and to the public for the encouragement given to this work. Thefe obligations they gratefully acknowledge. The past favors they have received induce them to proceed in their undertaking ; and to enter on the publication of the fourth volume of a work defigned to convey religious in. Arudion, and to accumulate a fund for the support of miffions to the new settlements. To the success of such an undertaking, the friendly affisance of their brethren in the ministry and others who have the means
of furnish. ing materials for the work, is absolutely necessary. The Editors would repeat the remark formerly made that a Magazine, in order to please that diversity of tastes which there is in readers, must contain a variety of matter. Without this it must foon become uninteresting if not tedious, and confequently its fale must diminish. Would the patrons of this publication ato tend to the above remark they would fee the necesity of making exertions, that the Magazine may preserve the reputation which the numerous lip of fubscribers foows it has already acquired. Without such exertions its credit mull foon fink, and thus a great source of profit to the Miffionary infitu. tion be stopped.
To the friends of miffions this would be a circumstance greatly to be regretted. For the miffonary field is continually enlarging ; and many years mus elapse before it will cease to be the duty of Christians to exert them selves to fend laborers into this field. The profits of the preceding volumes have far exceeded the original expe&ations of the Editors ; and they indulge the hope that their correspondents will enable them to publish another volume whoje merit sball secure to it a fale equally extenfive with those already publifbed.—Exertions on their part fall not be wanting : They will cheer. fully devote their time to the compilation of a work whose obje&t is to difseminate evangelical trutb and to enlarge the kingdom of the Redeemer. They ask the prayers of all good people that a divine bleffing may accompa, ny their labors, and that their monthly pamphlet may be made infrumental for tbe awakening and converhon of finners, the comfort and edification of faints, the promotion of truth, and the advancement of the divine glory.
According to the original plan, this Magazine is to contain, Essays on the doctrines of Christianity, and on religious, experimental and moral subjects :-Occasional remarks on the fulfilment of scripture prophecies in the present day, and expofitions of difficult and doubtful passages of scripture :-Religious intelligence concerning the ftate of Christ's kingdom, throughout the Christian world, and sketch- . es of the original ecclefiaftical concerns of this country :-Information respecting missions to the new settlements in the United States and among Heathen nations :--Narratives of revivals of religion in particular places, together with the distinguishing marks of true and false religion :- Accounts of remarkable dispensations of divine providence: --Biographical sketches of persons eminent for piety --Original hymns on evangelical subjects :- Together with whatever else on the subject of religion and morals may contribute to the advancement of genuine piety and pure morality.
This work will consist of original pieces and of extracts from the best European and American publications. As the Magazine is defigned for the promotion of vital Chriftianity, and of a knowledge of the great and essential truths of the gospel, Essays which are merely controversial or deeply metaphysical, it will be seen, come not within the object of this publication ; nevertheless, should any such be sent which, in the opinion of the Editors, are highly meritorious, they will be admitted. The Magazine will be open to receive communications from all denominations of Christians who believe in the peculiar principles of Christianity ; but if written upon the distinguishing tenets of their respective fects, they will be excluded. The profits arising from the sale of this publication will be appropriated to the support of Missionaries to the Heathen or among the inhabitants of the new settlements.
To enable them to carry this plan into execution the Editors earnestly folicit their correspondents speedily to make communications to them. They beg leave also to remark that for such a work fbort Esays are better adapted than lengthy disquisitions ; and while attention is paid to the improvement of the understanding in do&rinal knowledge, the heart and the conscience are not to be negleded. The feelings mus be interested, elle a book will be read but by few. Biographical sketches, interesting narra. tives, accounts of remarkable interpofitions of Providence, pathetic representations of truth, and warm, affe&ionate addresses to the conscience are necessary. It is hoped the above hints will be attended to, and such pieces
fent for publication as will inform the understanding, intereft the feelings and improve the heart.