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ADDRESS TO OUR READERS.

The idea of a Preface to such a miscellaneous book as a Magazine seems almost absurd. Yet we willingly comply with an annual custom, which has some advantages. As a yearly manifesto of Editorial plans, after a journal has been established upwards of eight years, it is quite unnecessary, but as a somewhat social communication with our readers, and a brief advertence to some points of general interest, it is pleasant on both sides.

We had hoped the Specimens inserted in other Periodicals would have brought a considerable accession to our circulation ; it was, however, but small; and we would, therefore, remind our readers that we still need their kind aid in extending the number of subscribers, and, indeed, in retaining our present standing, since deaths, removals, &c. would of course soon actually diminish our present number. So far as we can ascertain, " The Church," unlike some penny periodicals, is circulated almost exclusively amongst those who pay for it. At the same time it is zeldom taken in great numbers by any church or congregation, unless some one undertakes to obtain and distribute them. The poor, especially in country places, are not in the habit of ordering periodicals, though glad to pay for them if they are procured for them. Wherever a minister or other intelligent christian undertakes this, the number sold is increased many-fold immediately. This indicates the kind of aid needed in our humble effort to do good to the many.

The Notes of Mr. Foster's Sermons, which we have found to be so highly prized, are finished. We have been promised more from another quarter, which we hope soon to receive; these will either be published in a cheap volume with the others, and with some already published in the Baptist Record, or they will appear first in “ The Church.”

We have always regretted that our large circulation compelled our going to press too early to avail ourselves or the Missionary Intelligence for the month, as we should feel it a privilege to aid in any way our invaluable Society. Our readers will see, by our advertisement, that the Juvenile Missionary Herald is now placed in the hands of our publisher. The Secretaries of the Society.will, indeed, retain the control and general management; we are confident, however, that the young friend who has aided in furnishing the matter in" The Church” and “The Appeal” most interesting to the young (besides much other sub-editorial work), and who will render similar assistance in conducting the Juvenile Missionary Herald, will be able to make this little magazine much more interesting to the young than ever. We would press it on the attention of families and Sunday schools, if they have not hitherto taken it, to commence immediately. If they have given it up, let them, then, afford the Juvenile Missionary Herald one trial more.

In public events we have had a somewhat exciting, if it can hardly be called an eventful year. It commenced amidst the upstir caused by the Papal Aggression, a subject on which even our own Denomination was divided in opinion, as well as our ablest Statesmen. Then came the Great Exhibition, the Kaffir War, and the arrival of the noblest European patriot, the Great Kossuth, on our shores. While we write, almost every town in the kingdom is resounding with his well-deserved praise. May a kind Providence still make him the giver of Civil, Religious, and Commercial Freedom to Hungary! On the Continent it appears to us that the tide of Absolutism is beginning to turn-not, indeed, willingly, but by force of circumstances. Virtual bankruptcy in one country, disappointed ambition in another, a general feeling pervading the middle classes of Europe that such extreme despotism must overthrow itself, and the vast number of suppressed republicans, ready at any time for revolution, make us fear before many years, perhaps soon, another ADDRESS TO OUR READERS.

violent attempt to set things right. The perfidy, nay, the shameless perjury, of all the sovereigns of Europe in 1848, who were affected by the Revolutions, most of them worse even than our executed or banished Stuarts, forbid the hope of a peaceful adjustment with men whose most solemn oaths are mere instruments of deception and kingcraft. We regret to add that the universal infidelity of the more active minds in all continental nations, infidelity generated by the impostures of Popery and the secular character of Statechurches, prepares men to contend with a ferocity to which happily our countrymen are strangers. The despots establish some creed or creeds from policy. The infidels would tolerate all creeds from contempt. The kingdom of Christ will yet have to conquer by humility, spirituality, benevolence, and suffering. In Protestant Prussia, and still more in Republican France, Baptists are much obstructed and even persecuted.

Ecclesiastical matters at home have mended but little. The Bishops have, indeed, been exposed as gormandizers of wealth to an extent which their enemies had scarcely supposed, and Puseyites are zealously driving at a degree of liberty and self-government, to realize which they must quit a State-church. Amidst all this, new churches are building apace, and being endowed voluntarily too. The Church is gaining in this way faster than Dissent, and doing it amongst increasing populations; let Dissenters ponder this well. It is, indeed, voluntaryism, but voluntaryism generally for Baptismal Regeneration, and all the worst features of the Prayer-book and Episcopacy,—the portions of it which most annoyed a Newton and a Scott.

In the great work which, in importance, infinitely outweighs all things besides, no conspicuous progress, that we remember, has anywhere been made. The Methodists have lost very largely, owing to the inexorable tyranny of the Conference preachers. The Statechurch conversions have rather been from a lower to a higher degree of superstition. The Independents and Baptists have not enjoyed any noticeable reanimation in religion; though our Association returns to the Union are better than for some years past. We fear, however (and yet hope), that, from some causes, many are not joined to our churches who, some years back, would have joined them. If so, although thankful for their piety, there is need for great searchings of heart, to ascertain the cause, and apply the fitting remedy.

CON TENTS.

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Original Articles.

PAGE.

PAGE,
New Year's Address to our Churches,

Days of Visitation. By the Rev. W.

By the Editors....................

Walters ..., ................. 117

Fragmentary Notes of Village Sermons.

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do! 173

By the Rev. John Foster. No. 13 to

Family Prayer. By the Rev. James

19 .......... 4, 29, 57, 85, 113, 141, 169 Smith............................ 176

Milk for Babes. By the Rev. Corne-

An Example to Deacons ...

lius Elven .....

The Pilgrim's Watch word. By the

An Apostolic Requirement. By the

Rev. Jubn Berg ... ......... 197

Rev. Jannes Smith ...

A Spiritual House. By the Rev. J.

Our Frontispiece .....

Jenkinson ....

........... 200

The Prayer of Moses. By the Rev.

The Objects to be Pursued. By the

James Smith ...

32 Rev. James Smith .................

The Apostolical Method of Preach-

The Great Healer. By the late Rev.

ing the Gospel. By the Rev. Ste.

J. H. Evans ......

...... 205

phen Davis .......................

The Dangers and Temptations of

Paradise and Bethlehem; or, The

Traveling. By the 'Rev. Dr.

First and Second Adam

Cheever ........................ 225

The Spirit and the Success of the

The Tried Saint. By the Rev. James

Primitive Churches. By the Rev.

Smith............................ 228

W. Bontems....

.. 59 The Consolations of Religion ...... 231

A Source of Comfort. By the Rev.

The Coming of the Messiah; a Sketch

James Smith ....

63 of a Sermon. By the late Rev. Au-

The Desert; or, The Tempter and

drew Fuller ..... ................ 253

the Tempted ..................... 89 The Way to Succeed. By the Rev.

A Good Character. By the Rev.

James Smith ....................

James Smith ....................

« Follow me” .....

......

The Fear of Death. By the Rev. A 'Word for Ministers. By the Rev.

James Smith ...

.... 116

James Smith

...... 281

“Search the Scriptures.” By the To Deaf Christians. By the Rev.

Rev. S. Lillycrop ....

..... 118

Cornelius Elven .....

...... 283

A Pleasant Journey. By the Rev. The Fading Leaf. By the Rev. B.

Cornelius Elven ....

.... 120

Arthur .................

.. 286

Persecution for Conscience' Sake.

A Grateful Acknowledgment. By the
To Dissenters ......

......... 146

Rev. James Smith ....

The Prayer of Faith. By the Rev. Charity-A Micrograph. By the Rev...

James Smith .................... 14

Dawson Burns.....

The Sufferer's Complaint............ 314

Poetry.

151

180
180
207

The Time to Die ..
My Hope is the Cross. By the Rev.
J. Jenkinson ....................

38
Christian Prospects. By the Rev. W.

Maclure, of Nassau, New Provi.

dence ..................
The Mother's Sacrifice. E

H. Sigourney .............

Look Above! ..

Leaning on the Saviour's Breast.

By the Rev. J. Jenkinson ........ 123

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Tales and Sketches.

The Baptism of Fire By H. W.

The Young Soldier and the New Tes-

Longfellow .....

14

tament .......................... 182

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Religion and Business ..............

16 The World Moves on ..............

The Drowning Child ..............

18 The Dying Child's Request..........

The Family Altar ....

The Christian Traveler. By a Cana-

................

Common Faults at Prayer-Meetings ..

dian Mercbant......

The Two Givers.

“ She hath done what she could” ..

Past Mercies .......

That One Word ...

214

A Cure for Low Spirits............

Sandy Wright and the Poor Orphan.. 235

God uses Means ......

Kind Words to the Erring .......... 239

The Family Altar ............

A Word to the Bereaved .....

“I can't get acquainted with the Mem-

Juana Mendia-the Creole Girl. ]

bers of the Church" ...

the Rev. F. Crowe ......

264

“None of us Liveth to Himself." By

The Prayerless Home. By Professor

the Rev. John Tudd ...........

Alden...........

........... 266

The Dead Speak ...........

The Preaching of the Grave ........

« Give Wisely....................

“Where are the Nine?" ......... 269

Have a Place for Prayer ............

The Little Beggar Girl. By Lucy

A Story of the Olden Time. By Old

Linwood ............

Jacob ............................ 125

The Child Angel ...

.. 295

The Power of the Christian Church

The Actress......

.. 296

as an Organization. By Elihu Bur-

A Contrast ........

............... 297

ritt .............................. 131

Old Moses.....

..... 316

Remembering the Dead ........

The Accepted Time. By Dr. Krum-

Pay your Minister. By Mrs. H. C.

macher ...............

318

Knight .......................... 152 “Good Night, Mother" ............ 319

The Sabbath School Teacher's Prayer 153 Alone with God .................... 320

The Father and Three Sons ........ 155

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Notices of Books.

1 Our State. Church ..........

The Mother's Friend......
Hall's The Crisis ..........
Leask's The Last Enemy........
Richard's The Pew and its Rent ....
Some Passages from the Life of a

Convert from Anglo-Catholicism to

the Truth as it is in Jesus..........
Murch's Voice of Scripture on the

Worship of God in Public ........ 107
Stanford's Friendship with God......
Edwards's Supremacy of the Pope,...)
Barnes's Notes, Explanatory and Prac-

tical, on the Gospels ...............
The Public Good .................. 135
Walters's Danger and Destructive Ten-

dency of Novel Reading ..........]
Moore's Life of Alex. Carson, LL.D... 158
Wylie's Modern Judea compared with

Ancient Prophecy ...... ..... 158
Paterson's Bulwarks of Protestantism 158

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