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Connecticut Evangelical Magazine.
CONSISTING OF TWELVE NUMBERS, TO BE
FROM JULY 1803 TO JUNE 1804-
THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS MAGAZINE ARE
PRINTED BY HUDSON & GOODWIN, FOR THE EDITORS.
T the commencement of another volume of this Magazine, the Editors are naturally reminded of their obligations to their numerous cor• refpondents, and to the public for the encouragement given to this work. Thefe obligations they gratefully acknowledge. The paft 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 inXftruation, and to accumulate a fund for the fupport of miffions to the new fettlements. To the fuccefs of fuch an undertaking, the friendly affiftance of their brethren in the miniftry and others who have the means of furnishing materials for the work, is abfolutely necessary. The Editors would repeat the remark formerly made that a Magazine, in order to please that diverfity of taftes which there is in readers, must contain a variety of matter. Without this it muft foon become uninterefting if not tedious, and confe quently its fale muft diminish. Would the patrons of this publication at tend to the above remark they would fee the neceffity of making exertions, that the Magazine may preferve the reputation which the numerous lift of fubfcribers fhows it has already acquired. Without fuch exertions its credit muft foon fink, and thus a great fource of profit to the Miffionary inflitu, tion be stopped.
To the friends of miffions this would be a circumftance greatly to be regretted. For the miffionary field is continually enlarging; and many years muft elapfe before it will ceafe to be the duty of Chriftians to exert them felves to fend laborers into this field. The profits of the preceding volumes have far exceeded the original expectations of the Editors; and they indulge the hope that their correfpondents will enable them to publish another volume whofe merit fball fecure to it a fale equally extenfive with thofe already publifhed.-Exertions on their part shall not be wanting: They will cheerfully devote their time to the compilation of a work whofe object is to dif feminate evangelical truth and to enlarge the kingdom of the Redeemer. They afk the prayers of all good people that a divine bleffing may accompa ny their labors, and that their monthly pamphlet may be made inftrumental for the awakening and converfion 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,
Effays on the doctrines of Chriftianity, and on religious, experimental and moral fubjects :-Occafional remarks on the fulfilment of scripture prophecies in the prefent day, and expofitions of difficult and doubtful paffages of fcripture :-Religious intelligence concerning the ftate of Chrift's kingdom, throughout the Chriftian world, and sketches of the original ecclefiaftical concerns of this country :-Information refpecting miffions to the new fettlements in the United States and among Heathen nations :-Narratives of revivals of religion in particular places, together with the diftinguishing marks of true and falfe religion:-Accounts of remarkable difpenfations of divine providence: -Biographical sketches of perfons eminent for piety :-Original hymns on evangelical fubjects:-Together with whatever elfe on the fubject of religion and morals may contribute to the advancement of genuine piety and pure morality.
This work will confift of original pieces and of extracts from the beft European and American publications. As the Magazine is defigned for the promotion of vital Chriftianity, and of a knowledge of the great and effential truths of the gofpel, Effays which are merely controverfial or deeply metaphyfical, it will be feen, 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 Chriftians who believe in the peculiar principles of Chriftianity; but if written upon the diftinguishing tenets of their refpective fects, they will be excluded. The profits arifing from the fale of this publication will be appropriated to the support of Miffionaries to the Heathen or among the inhabitants of the new fettlements.
To enable them to carry this plan into execution the Editors earnestly folicit their correfpondents Speedily to make communications to them. They beg leave alfo to remark that for fuch a work fhort Essays are better adapted than lengthy difquifitions; and while attention is paid to the improvement of the understanding in do&rinal knowledge, the heart and the confcience are not to be neglected. The feelings must be interested, elfe a book will be read but by few. Biographical Sketches, interesting narra tives, accounts of remarkable interpofitions of Providence, pathetic reprefentations of truth, and warm, affectionate addresses to the confcience are neceffary. 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.