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THE

Connecticut Evangelical Magazine,

VOLUME II.

CONSISTING OF TWELVE NUMBERS, TO BE

PUBLISHED MONTHLY.

FROM JULY 1801 TO JUNE 1802.

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SOCIETY OF CONNECTICUT, TO THE SUP-
PORT OF MISSIONS IN THE NEW
AMERICAN SETTLEMENTS, AND

AMONG THE HEATHEN.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS ARE EDITORS OF THE WORK,

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REVEREND MESSIEURS NATHAN WILLIAMS, D. Ó. CHARLES BACKUS, A. M. JOHN SMALLEY, D. D. 00 TIMOTHY DWIGHT, D. D. JEREMIAH DAY, 1. M. Dİ DAVID ELY, A. M. BENJAMIN TRUMBULL, D. O. NATHAN STRONG, A. M. LEVÍ HART, D. D.

NATHAN PERKINS, a. M. SAMUEL J. MILLS, A. M.

ZEBULON ELY, A. M. ISAAC LEWIS, D. D.

ABEL FLINT, A. M. ELIJAH PARSONS, a. M.

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PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS,

HARTFORD:

PRINTED BY HUDSON AND GOODWIN, FOR THE EDITORS,

PUBLIC LIBRARY 355047A ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUR ATIONS

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PREF A C E.

of the Conneäicut Evangelical Magazine, the Editors are induced io enter on the publication of a second. The same general plan will be pursued, and it will be their aim to render the work interesting and useful. To communicate inftrudion upon the great truths and doarines of religion, to comfort and edify the people of God, and to interest the pious mind by exhibiting displays of the grace and mercy of God, rather than to amuse the speculatist and entertain the curious, are the obje&is of this work. For the accomplisoment of these purposes, it will be seen that Essays written in a short, interesting manner, judicious narratives of revivals of religion, accounts of remarkable Providences, and biographical sketches are better adapted, than labored disquisitions on speculative points. To the fuccess of a work of this kind variety is eljential ; the Editors therefore hope ibeir brethren in the ministry, and others who wish to promote the cause of trutb and piety, will cheerfully communicate original pieces on the various fubje&s mentioned in the plan of the Magazine.

The present is not a period for indolence or indifference in the cause of the great Redeemer. Such are the figns of the times, as to call for the moji vigorous exertions. The Prince of darkness is more than usually active ; and at the same time the Lord of glory appears to be eređing a ftandard against him. Profligacy of manners abounds ; end infidelity " cffumes a formidable appearance, walking through the earth with gigan"ric ftrides, and threatning the destruction of every virtuous principle.

Religion, on the other hand, gradually prevails ; and the Son of God "feems to be preparing the course of events for her final triumph." The late revivals of religion in so many parts of our land ; an increasing Spirit of piety among the serious people in various parts of Europe ; and the engagedness manifested by so many, both in America and Europe, to send Mishonaries to places where the gospel is not at all or but imperfectly enjoyed, lead to the animating confideration that the Redeemer fill fits as king upon the holy hill of Sion, and that the gates of hell will not be suffered to prevail against bis church.

In a word, fuch are the present appearances of things, that it may be said, there is much to excite hope, to alarm fear, to encourage the Saints and fervants of God to the utmost diligence, and to induce all to addrefs the father of mercies, in fervent prayer and bumble fupplication for the

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