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shillings. These publications, then, may find a place in almost all the families of the Denominations; and since this is both desirable and practicable, the Writer submits, that no means should be left untried to accomplish it. But, in respect to such means, very little can be done by any central action; if realized at all, it must be by local influences. Individuals may work wonders in this way; but it will not be safe to leave it to individual zeal, even were persons of the proper stamp to be counted by thousands instead of tens. Nothing great, general, and permanent, can spring from efforts of this description. Were the raising of funds for the British and Foreign Bible Society, or the London Missionary Society, or any other public Institution, to be left to the optional efforts of individuals, utter ruin would be the certain and speedy result. Nothing can be done to purpose without organization, systematic endeavour; but in the judicious use of this, it is impossible to say what might not be effected. These Magazines furnish a very encouraging example; their extraordinary circulation, in a very great measure, arose from this wise arrangement.

Matters, in respect to this subject, have hitherto been, in a great measure, left to take their own course, and the results but too plainly demonstrate the impolicy of longer continuing such a course. Those principles, which, in everything else bearing any analogy to this subject, with proper system, are worked so effectively, cannot too soon be applied. It strikes the Writer, that in every Congregation there ought to be what might be designated an Officer of Publication, a man of intelligence and observation, zealous for the diffusion of truth, and thoroughly acquainted with the Church and Congregation. It should be the special business of such an Officer to take care, that the Whole People should have in their hands, annually, a list of all the Periodical Publications, Quarterly, Weekly, or Monthly, of the Body, and also a list of the Works on divers subjects, which are on sale. This Officer, in all points, acting in concurrence with the Pastor and the Deacons—and who might, indeed, be one of the Deacons himself; and if so, so much the better—might be surrounded with a Committee of Assistance, among whom the Congregation might be divided, canvassed, and supplied with all the Publications for which they might be subscribers. The Writer is satisfied that in this thought there is the germ of a system, which might be made to work wonders. It might bring the great mass of the mind of the Community under the combined action of its whole Periodical Literature. If there were difficulty in commanding a Committee that would work effectively, then the remedy is obvious ; a person might be appointed, corresponding with the well-known and everywhere most useful character, designated Colporteur, who might keep up a regular periodical intercourse with the entire congregation, and not with them only, but with families on all sides, among whom, in this way, he might work a world of untold good.

On these subjects the Writer might enlarge, but he forbears. It is hoped that enough has been said to fix attention, where it may be needful, on the general question of the circulation of the Magazines, to enlist the benevolent services of such as may not have hitherto embarked in the matter, and to call forward afresh all those to whom the Publications have been already laid under great and lasting obligations. The Writer leaves the matter to the intelligent zeal of the faithful, and commends it to the blessing of God.

Nov. 25, 1851. EDITOR.

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An Indian's Theology

15

A Pertinent Question

Be Firm . .

Submission

Population of the Grave

The Way to Prosper

Rules for a Holy Life

To Mothers, on Early Habits

Power of a Good Man's Life

Abstemious Diet :

Cure for a Heavy Heart .

. . . 65

A Medical Hint to Mothers

65

Common Maxims Improved

Piety and Mental Growth

66

Live for Something.

· 107, 210

The Millennium .

. . 107

Manlike and Godlike

. 107

Descendants of a Distinguished Puritan . 107

Ejaculations .

. 107

A Word Fitly Spoken

. 108

Time Lost

. 108

The Oldest Religion

. 108

Liberality.

. 108

Petitions of Dr. Chalmers .

108

Gold Hunting.

. 108

Pleasure and Advantages of Labour . 108

Greatness. .

. 108

The Missionary's Death bed

. 156

Isaiah Sawn Asunder

. 156

The Danger and the Refuge

. 156

Christianity not of Humar

. 156

156

The Bible in Rome.

. 156

Give Good Measure.

. 156

A Pillow for the Nig!

. 156

Industry . .

. 157

Cossack Phi

: 157

Wealth .

. 157

Learn some Trade .

157

German Marriages. .

. 157

The Dying Christian.

.210

Resolutions Formed under Angry Feelings 210

A Hint for the Sea-side .

210

Military Tactics among Birds

. 211

Hints for Improvement

. 211

Milton an Early Riser .

. 211

A True Lawyer

. 211

Anecdote. .

.211

Opium, Rum, and Tobacco

. 211

One Good Word Every Day

211

Intemperance in New York . . . 212

Property and Income-Tax

212

The Effects of Masking.-Two Children

Terrified to Death ..

212

Forms of Prayer . .

. 212

Beautiful Ignorance.

212

The Nature of that Faith by which we are

saved . .

Oberlin's Mother

Cyrus and the Wife of Tigranes . . 255

Claude Lorraine

. 256

Mickle and Garrick

• 256

Boerbaave

• 256

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The Disputatious Physicians

, 256

Continental Uses of the Confessional . 256

Infallibility

. 256

The Lungs

. 256

Flowers .

256

Remove the Extinguisher . . . 256

Laws of Health

316

What is Slavery ?

316

Four Short Arguments .

316

Bad Temper .

. 316

Death of Burke's only Son

. 317

Martyrdom .

Trees Incased in Stone

. 317

The Christian Negro.

. 317

For a Missionary Collectivg Card . . 317

Self-reliance

317

Rowland Hill on the Effects of Drunkenness 365

Cowper's Conversion . .

Anecdote of Bishop Davenant .

Good Advice to Emigrants

. 366

Prying . . . . .

866

Knowledge

366

The Throne of Grace

. 366

How to Avoid Anxiety .

. 366

Patrick Henry's Legacy .

. 366

The Clown and the Sun Dial

. 366

Benevolence Rewarded

. 366

"A Meek and Quiet Spirit”

. 366

Concert of Prayer .

. 400

Prayer for Ministers.

• 460

Piety and Mental Growth.

• 460

Heart Work

Heart W

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. 460

Open-air Preaching .

. 160

Voltaire's Last Words

. 461

Advertisement .

. 461

School Character

.461

A Promise

. 461

Longevity of Quakers

Short Sayings.

What Few Men can

. 461

Prayer and Labour .

• 505

“ I Love my Saviour More"

. 505

The Bible . . . .

.. 305

The Taylor Jug

• 506

Southey's Advice about Drink .

The Family Newspaper .

. 506

Similitudes from the Vegetable World . 506

More than Conquerors .

555

"O Death, where is thy sting?”

. 555

Personal Christian Effort.

. 555

The Principles of Dissent.

Dr. Johnson's Death-bed.

. 555

A Prayer from Edward Sixth's Primer . 555

Thought Never Dies .

• 556

The Gospel . . . . .

. 556

Prayer . .

. 556

The Miseries of the Rich.

. 556

Important Statistical Fact

. 556

Milton's Daughters.

Income and Expenditure of Great Britain 556

Wisdom . .

Time

. 556

“Why Not?" . . . .

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Appeal of the Directors on behalf of the

Necessitous Widows and Orphans of

Missionaries . . . . .

Building Societies

26

Duty of Dissenters at the Present Crisis , 30

Hints on Congregational Singing . . 31

Blackpool Chapel . . . . 33, 176

The Claims of the Gospel Ministry . . 69

Church Meetings : Their Neglect and their

Importance . .

Origin and Founders of the Home Mis-
sionary Society . .

77
Blackpool Chapel and Lancashire College 78
Make your Will

. 79
Canada: its Social Economy . . . 115
Advantages of Mechanios' Institutions 127
The Increase of Crime . . . . 129
The Deaf and Dumb

. 131
Church Order: A Word for those that
need it . . .

. 170

Baptism . . . . .

Moral Reform.

173
Howard's First Visit to the Cities of the

Plague . . . . . . . 178
Female Prayer-meetings . . . . 119

Bridge's Records . . . . . 180
Christian Missions

220

What a Church may Achieve by United

Effort . . .

Refusal to Bury

.224
The Crystal Palace .

225
Church Order

225

The Puritan Pilgrims and their Pastor

Robinson

. 266

History of the Ancient Congregational

Church assembling in St. Thomas's
Green, Haverfordwest. . . 270, 322
Cobourg, Canada West . . . . 275
The Choice of a Pastor .

.826
The London Peace Congress

. 329
Milton's Opinion of Cromwell.

330
Progress of Milton's Blindness.

330

A Word on Behalf of the Colonia

sionary Society . .

331

New South Wales .

. 333
Rules of Church Fellowship

335
The Great Experiment and its Results . 374
Whaling Adventures in the Southern Ocean 877
Hyde Park : its Three Spectacles . · 879
Poor Relief in Scotland . . . . 886

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Independency

. 432

Church Ruleg .

.482
Clerical Elocution

. 535
The Rev. William O'Neill

536

Africa . . .

565

Temperance
The Great Exhibition

570

Bellamy. .

Boys' Mission School

574
Religion in Cornwall . .

. 575
Macaulay on Apostolical Succession . 576
A Sketch in Richmond, Virginia

. 577
The British Banner . .

. 588
The Patriot ..

589

The Evangelical Magazine

589

Monthly Review 38, 85, 143, 188, 231, 845,

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