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their work in some small degree subservient to its production. To him be the praise !
The CONDUCTORS of the CHRISTIAN OBSERVER find an additional source of satisfaction in the gradual diminution of those vehement prejudices, which assailed their underLaking at its outset, and for a tine impeded its success. If the groundless and contradictory clamours of “ Calvinism” and“ Arminianism” have subsided, they are disposed to attribute the circumstance to an increasing conviction, among religious persons, that the questions which agitate the partizans of these two systems are comparatively unimportant, and little affect the foundations of our common Christianity; and that therefore, on such topics (to use a trite but significant espression) good men may agree to differ." It has been with the view of bringing Christians to this wise and beneficial determination, that they have employed so much of their time in correcting the mistakes and misapprehensions of writers on both sides of this endless controversy. And although they may have seemed to many, to neglect, in the eagerness of polemical discussion, the paramount interests of practical piety; yet they acted from a belief, that in order effectually to promote those interests, and to call men off from the angry contentions in which they were engaged to the cultivation of a spirit of Christian unity and peace, it was necessary to impress strongly on their minds the comparative unprofitableness of the speculations which excited their animosity, and fully to expose to them the errors and misrepresentations, the prejudice and want of charity with which both parties were sometimes chargeable. They derive comfort, in looking forward to the future, from the hope that it will no longer be requisite to divert an equally large share of their attention from practical objects to those of a controversial description.
Had any thing been wanting to confirm the Conductors of the Christian OBSERVER in the view they have given of the question which has now been alluded to; a view, as they
conceive, perfectly coincident with that of our Church ; it would have been found in a work, proceeding from high authority, which has recently issued from the
The friends of evangelical theology, no less than those of the oppressed African race, have occasion to regret the loss of the distinguished talents of the late Bishop of St. Asaph : but he has left behind him a memorial of his theological opinions
which will not carry with it the less weight, when the cir• cumstances are considered under which it has met the pub
lic eye. The CONDUCTORS of the ChrisTIAN OBSERVER will embrace another opportunity of making their readers fully acquainted with this seasonable production. In the mean time they will observe, that could they have emulated the eloquence of this learned and lamented prelate, they would gladly have chosen the same language in which to have enounced the same sentiments. With him they would say to their fellow Christians in general, but especially to the clergy of the land; “ Leave these barren disquisitions. Apply yourselves, with the whole strength and power of your minds, to do the work of Evangelists. Proclaim to those who are at enmity with God, and children of his wrath, the glad tidings of Christ's pacification. Suund the alarm, to awaken to a life of righteousness, a world lost and dead in trespasses and sins. Lift aloft the blazing torch of Revelation, to scatter its rays over them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death : and guide the footsteps of the benighted wanderer into the paths of life and peace.”
The CONDUCTORS of the CHRISTIAN OBSERVER have inti. mated, on many former occasions, that it was their great aiin to recommend to their readers a plain and practical religion; and that they should feel themselves greatly indebted to such correspondents as should aid them in their design. They likewise suggested, that this important end might be much promoted, by the occasional introduction of that ligher spe
* Charge delivered to his clergy in the month of August, 1806. Hatchard.
cies of writing, which amuses while it instructs, and which may therefore serve to conciliate the attention of the intelligent youth of both sexes to the concerns of religion; an object which is certainly of immense moment, and yet often of extreme difficulty. They have reason indeed to be grateful for the many valuable contributions which they have received to both these departments of their miscellany. They hope however to be excused, if they venture to call on their correspondents for continued support, in a cause which, they do not hesitate to say, is worthy of their best exertions.
At the close of the Number for December (p. 798) the CONDUCTORS of the CHRISTIAN OBSERVER have stated the ground on which they have thought themselves entitled to increase the price of their publication. What they have there said, they doubt not, will prove satisfactory to every considerate mind; and to that they refer their readers. They have now only to renew their acknowledgments to their correspondents for the able assistance afforded by them, and to the public for its liberal patronage; and again to express their anxious desire, that the efforts which they employ to · advance the interesis of the Redeemer's kingdom, may obtain his approbation and blessing, and may tend to his glory.
BEING FOR THE YEAR 1806.
R:LIG. COM... Sketches of the Reforma.
Mr. Pitt... Simeon's Churchman's Con-
LIT, AND PHIL. INTEL... Great Britain--
necessary Erudition...llebrew and Italia
... View Publications........ ..p. 54, 55
MISCEL.. Scott's Lay of the last Minstrel
RELIG. INTEL... Institution for Poor Pious
AFFAIRS.... Continental...('ape of
Good Hope...America... Great Britain,
sioa of a Not...Character of Cowper
OBITUARY... Rev. Dr. Black... Mr. Dale
History...On the Principle of Expedi-
Infidelity and Credulity--Extract lisbury...Private Sentinents of the le-
Christians...Society proper for Chris. REVIEW OF...Clowe's Defence of Swe-
P. 201-216. denborgianism...Pinckard's Notes on
RELIG. LYTEL... American Indians... The
Jews... Mission to Tartary, p. 233–255.
OBITUARY...Execution of Richard Patch, Punishment...Difference between gene-
ral and particular Religion... Qualifica-
tions of a Christian Minister...Danger
lingering lilnesses............ 39.5–105.
MISCEL.... Education of females of the
upper Ranks... The World As It Is... The
Case of the Hon. Miss Seymour, re-
cently decided in the House of Lords, p.
REVIEW OF... Pinckard's Notes on West
Indies...llints for the Security of the
Established Church...Grabame's Birds
of Scotland, and other Poems...Cottage
REVIEW OF.., Forsyth's Principles of mo-
LIT. AND PHIL. INTEL...Gieat Britain...
New Works, Ladies Committee, Friend-
ly Female Societies, Schoos, &c. &c...
RELIG. INTEL... British and Foreign Bi-
ble Society...Cape of Good Hope, Ota-
America... New Publieations, p. 315-
Pub. Arrains... Continental, Peace, &c.
...South America...St. Domingo... Great
Greenland..... North America.... British
...Horrid Cruell y of a Guinea Captain to
ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS, p. 419–