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BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG,
Theological Printer and Bookseller, No. 50, Cornhill:

PREFACE.

WHEN we look around upon our country and behold it enjoying peace, favored with general health, blessed with fruitful seasons, Lad increasing in popalation, wealth, and the multiplied advantages of civil society, we cannot but admire the wonderful exuberance, with which Providence has showered down its benefits upon this new world. If we look further, and contemplate the privileges of the Gospel, which are so extensively within the reach of those, who are disposed to value them; if we call to mind, that the pure word of life is preached every Sabbath to a vast number of congregations, scattered more or less thickly throughout our land; and if we consider what an open and inviting field for Christian beneficence lies before those, who have made a Christian profession, we cannot belp exclaiming: “God has not dealt so with any nation." To these inestimable privileges may be added, the kind tokens of the divine presence, which are witnessed in the revivals of religion, so happily experienced of late years.

Nothing can be plainer, than that the abundant display of God's bounty to the people of the United States should be accompanied and followed by correspondent feelings and actions on their part. To what noble purposes, then,

to what grand and extended operations of benevolence, should the minds of Christians be directed. How should their hearts glow with an ardent and unceasing desire to fulfil the high duties to which they are called. How constantly should their eyes be elevated to behold the glories of Mount Sion; and how unremittingly should their efforts tend to the triumph of the Prince of peace, and the final overthrow of the reign of darkness and sin.

But why, it may be asked, are these reflections introduced on this occasion? What connexion have they with the preface of a book? We answer, that if the Panoplist has any merit, it consists in the aid which our pages impart to the various plans of Christian benevolence now in operation. The noblest aim to which it aspires, is that of being an auxiliary in the great cause, which now unites the hearts and hands of so many active and pious men throughout the world.

In regard to our own country, it ought to be considered, that now is emphatically the time for exertion. Never was there greater encouragement to beneficence; never was there more powerful stimulus to activity; never was it more criminal to loiter away precious opportunities. On the impulse, which shall be given by the

present generation, depends the character of immense multitudes, in our own country and elsewhere, through succeeding ages. Were the whole Christian community awake and alive to this vast con• cern, the conversation of the domestic circle, the prayers of associated Christians, and the instructions of the pulpit, would be much more influenced by it than they actually are. If our churches, and all persons, who profess a friendly regard to the cause of Christ, were to put forth their utmost exertions to save a sinking world, as they would do to save themselves from shipwreck, their friends from a pestilence, or a populous city from a general conflagration, the consequences would be inconceivably joyful and glorious. With a divine blessing on such exertions, the spires of spacious churches would soon be seen on the banks of the Obio and the Mississippi; school-houses would be erected in every neighborhood of settlers in the wilderness; and well endowed colleges, consecrated to the service of the church, would diffuse a powerful and salutary influence over wealthy and populous districts. The Sabbath would soon be universally observed among us; the Gospel would be preached in every part of the heathen world; and, if we may judge from the past experience of the faithful, many, who are now groping in pagan darkness, would become the children of light, and would associate together as worthy and beloved disciples of their great Redeemer. That the Panoplist may in some measure conduce to so blessed a consummation, is our earnest prayer and shall be our constant endeavor.

Boston, December 31, 1817.

INDEX

OF THE PRINCIPAL MATTERS CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME.

Abstract of the laws of Massachusetts Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 433
relating to the observance of the Sab. Atheism and Deism, thoughts on,

498
bath,

303
-thoughts on,

548
of Connecticut on the same Atheists, on the existence of,

ib.
subject,

363 Austin, Capt. Erastus, death of, 95
of Verinont, on the same, 308
Acworth, N. H. revival of religion at,94,520 Backus, Rev. Azel, D. D. obituary no-
Address of the Editor to the public, at tice of,

43
the commencement of a new year, 1 Bancroft, Rev Dr. review of his ser-
Adjudication of premiums,
576 mon on the Sabbaih,

117
Africa must altimately be instructed by

-his exposition of the fourth
her own sons,
29 commandment,

119
Africaps, theological seminary for, 28

remarks on this exposition, 121
-, address of the Board of Direc-

his argument against coufer.
tors of the seminary,
ib. ences,

128
Agony of our Savior, questions concern Banks, Rev. Daniel C., mission of, 134
ing,
114 Baptist missionaries, sailing of,

573
-question discussed and Bardwell, Rev. Horatio, arrival of at
answered,
393 Bombay,

$94
Allegory on intemperance,

207

Barnet, Ver. attention to religion in, 94
American Aborigines, character of,

368

Batticotta, missionary station at, 465
mission to,

508 Bernard, Rev. James, extract from his
-Bible Society, first anniversary of, 237 writings on the subject of the Trin-
-pecuniary accounts of,

378
ity,

202
-first annual report of, 375 Bible News, remarks on,

104
American Board of Commissioners for Bible, reasons for translating and print.
Foreign Missions, donations to. (See ing it at Bombay,

141
Donations.]

Bible Society, British and Foreign,
-eighth annual meeting of, 457 speeches at the 15th anniversary of 481
officers of,

ib. Board of Commissioners of the Society
doings of,

458
in Scotland, officers of,

$34
-pecuniary accounts of,

$67 Bombay. (See American missionaries.]
American Christians, duties of, in refer. wand Boston, comparative tem.
ence to the benighted regions of the perature of,

392
earth,

4,19,29 --- history of the mission at, 459
American mission at Bombay, journal Boodh, priests of, their creed,

425
227,322,407,526,558 Boodhist priest abandong his religion, 382
Annerican missionaries at Bombay, let.

-baptism of a,

477
ters from,
173,227,334,388 Boston Cent Society,

179
Ceylon, letters from, 175 Boston Female Tract Society,
American Society for educating pious Boston Society for the instruction of
youth, annual meeting and officers of, 34

502
-receipts and expenditures of, ib. Boynton, Abel, Esq. obituary notice of, 186

-extracts from the annual re Brandon, Ver. revival of religion at, 336
port of,

90 Brownrigg, Sir Robert, Governor of
address of,

359 Ceylon, letter from to the Rev. Dr.
American Society for evangelizing the Worcester,

142
Jews, organization of,

89

his kind treatment of the
Anthropomorphites, allusion to, 105 Americao missionaries,

381
Apostles, on the mistakes of the, 449 Buchanan, J. Esq. British consul,
Ardent spirits, intemperate use of, enor. speech of, at the meeting of the
mously expensive,

821
American Bible Society,

170
Arian hypothesis, statement of, 104 Bulkley, Miss Charlotte, obituary no-
Arminianism, the covert manner in

tice of,

191
which it makes its way,

132 Burpee, Dee. Nathaniel, death of, 300

of,

529

the poor,

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