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PREFACE.

This Number concludes another Volume of the Journal. The object contemplated has been general usefulness. How steadily this object has been kept in view, or with what success it has been prosecuted, it belongs not to us to say: that is the province of our readers. We may be permitted, however, to state, that in giving Selkctions, whether those interspersed with Original Communications, or the shorter ones composing the Cabinet, care has been taken to furnish such only as appeared eminently worthy of attention: fitted to strike or improve, to instruct, admonish, or correct; good in quality, and beneficial in tendency, if not uniformly pointed or elegant in style.

We have also aimed, alike in matter and expression, at the profit of the Masses; making it our constant endeavour to suit the topics, both as to substance and treatment, to the capacities and attainments of the unlearned. While studying, especially, to impress and edify them, we have not, it is presumed, shown ourselves wholly neglectful of what is due to the superior taste and intelligence of the better educated. They, perhaps, will peruse, not without interest or advantage, what was designed more immediately for the enlightenment of minds less cultured or informed.

Nor have we altogether overlooked the Young,—those rising hopes equally of the Church and the world, who, if spared, must erelong occupy the stations now filled by their seniors. These it is most desirable to awaken to a proper sense of their obligations and responsibilities; not merely for their own spiritual benefit, but likewise that they may be qualified to discharge, with credit and utility, the important duties hereafter to be devolved upon them. How much does it concern the public weal, as well as the prosperity of Zion, that they be early imbued with the lessons of Heavenly Wisdom: indoctrinated into the principles, and familiarized with the maxims and precepts, of our 'most holy faith!' May they be kept from the 'instruction which causeth to err!' While yet 'the dew of youth' is upon them, may they know those Scriptures, which were 'given by inspiration of God,' and which are 'able to make wise unto salvation!' May they willingly submit to that healthful training, moral and religious, which, through the guardian care of a gracious Providence, will not only prove their effectual preservative from the wiles and sophistries of the deceiver, but also dispose and enable them to 'serve their generation according to the will of God!'

In supplying the contents of the Journal, regard has been paid to the diversity of tastes, as well as of gifts or acquirements. With this view, variety, along with appropriateness, has been consulted.

In the Eeview department, our Notices of Publications have been necessarily brief: the narrowness of our limits precludes our entering, at much length, into any Work or subject. In every instance, however, we have expressed an honest and independent opinion. Such is the fairest, indeed the only fair, 'course towards all Parties; and it is that which we are resolved in future, as heretofore, to follow. Should the matter, the spirit, or tendency of a Book appear to us so objectionable, as to forbid our pr< nouncing, upon the whole, a favourable verdict,—we may, in that casi decline the unpleasant task of condemning it. Both Authors and Put Ushers, however, who may honour us with the presentation of a Volume fc review, may rely on our Notice, however short or superficial, being charac terized by candour, after a personal perusal of the Work.

To esteemed Correspondents, who have sent us, whether in prose or vers< valuable Communications, we return our sincere thanks. May we accept c the past as a pledge and earnest of the future? It will afford us pleasure fc hear from them as often as it may suit their convenience. To Brethren who had given us promises, more or less explicit, we still look for aid. A no person, perhaps, has less desire, or even more aversion, than ourselves, ti speak through the medium of the Press, we shall be exceedingly glad t< make our own give place to their Articles, which, we are sure, will tx excellent, whenever we are favoured with them.

We commenced with no flaming professions. We were careful to guard against high expectations. We have done the best we could, consistently with attention to our other duties, amidst the trials with which we have beei exercised, and with the assistance rendered to us. We are now willing, ai the close of the year, to stand before the tribunal of the Christian Public. On one condition only we insist, and this Justice will not deny us: That Prejudice and Sectarianism be frowned out of court, and that Intelligence, instead of Incompetence, occupy the seat of judgment. Ignorance, jealousy, and party spirit removed,—with our Works as witnesses, enlightened Catholicity for our advocate, and impartial Equity as umpire, we anticipate a decision in our favour.

May we not, then, bespeak a larger measure of countenance than has been hitherto accorded to us? Are we presumptuous in expecting an introduction into circles, within which entrance has not yet been granted? If the narrow-mindedness of bigotry, the paltry interests of selfishness, the exclusiveness of partisanship, refuse to patronize us; are we not entitled to expect, within the bounds of our own Association, far more liberal support than we have received? Such questions we respectfully submit to the calm consideration of Fathers and Brethren in the ministry, of Elders and private Members generally, and of all, to whatever Communion belonging, who have at heart the spiritual welfare of their fellows, and especially of the Young, the careless, or the ignorant.

In the Volume to commence with the October Number, our Readers may expect some Serial Articles on various topics. A succession of Biographical Sketches has been promised by an able Brother, who is also a correct thinker and beautiful composer. Another Series, on The Jordan, is being prepared by the Author of 'Glimpses within the Veil.' A third, extending to about half a dozen of Papers, on the Scripture 'Doctrine of Devils;' and a fourth on 'Moses;' with several others, on topics deemed both important and interesting,—these may successively appear, unless, as we earnestly desiderate, the necessity for our writing at all be superseded by the Communications of some of the Brethren, on whose valued aid we considered ourselves authorized to calculate. Our little Periodical we again commend to the support of the Christian Public, and the blessing of Him whose accompanying grace can alone render its contents profitable.

INDEX.

Cabinet, Thecontinued.

Mary at the Cross, 128.

Matter Changes Nothing, 79.

Meditate on the Mercy of God, 223.

Memory, 200.

Mercy the Cause of Praise, 151.

Ministerial Fidelity, 12/.

Natural Religion Disregarded by Unbe-

lievers, 199.

Necessity of Divine Influence, 127.

Parental Instruction, 32.

Perfection of Divine Knowledge, 79.

Picked-up Pearls, 104, 152, 170, 200, 224,
248, 272, 288.

Picture of Repentance, 55.

Prayer of a Hindoo Boy, 287.

Private Judgment, 128.

Progress of Life, 248.

Providence not Seen bv the Sceptical

Mind, 246.

Purity of Thought, 224.

Reconciliation, 223.

Reforming Power of Religion, 247.

Right Estimate of Man, 79.

Right Use of Time, 103.

Safety of the Believer, 80.

Selecting a Place for Boys, 271.

Self-Confidence Renounced, 176.

Study of History, 247.

Sun of Righteousness, 152.

Superior Intelligences, 151.

Swellings of Jordan, 103

The Instrument of Regeneration, 80.

Thought the Dignity of Man, 31.

Two Thieves on the Cross, 176.

Universality of Death, 288.

Vanity Natural to Fallen Man, 56.

Who may Triumph in Christ, 56.

Candour, 190.

Christ—A Pattern, 116.

Christian Deportment, 39.

Christian Energy, 185.

Christian Missions, Utility of, 33, 107, 180.

Christian Race, 278.

Circumstantialitv of Apostolic Testimony, 73.

Coming Man, The, 215, 234.

Consequences of Sin, 130.

Contrast—Mohamed and Christ, 50.

Cranmer, His Character and End, 162.

Cranmer, His Recantation and Retractation,

191.

Cramner, Macaulay's Portrait iff, 142.

Cranmer, Reflections suggested by the Case

of, 256.

Crimean Sufferers, Patience of ti e, 261.

Danger of Despair, 105.

Dawn of Hope, 177.

Death, Serious Consideration of, 97.

Decision of Character, 234.

Dying Confessions of a Libertine, 119.

Earnestness, 281.

Editor's Library, The.

Abstainer's Journal, 31.

Address to an Applicant for Admission to

the Table of the Lord, 150.

Address to a Parent, 150.

A Key to the Prophecy of the Revela-

tions, 103.

Association, or Young Men's Magazine, 245.

A Woman's Plea for Intemperance, 246.

Christian's Pocket Compamon, 283.

Early Education, 29.

Eclectic Review, 30.

Flower of the Family, 149.

Funeral Sermons on occasion of the Death
of William Ronton, Esq., 284.

George Sandford, 125.

Glimpses Within the Veil, 282.

Great Truths for Thoughtful Moments, 31.

Impending Doom foretold respecting the
Penult Dispensation, 149.

Infants Asleep in Jesus, 245.

Lamp of Love, 198.

Large Type Library of Standard Religious

Works, 125.

Library of Biblical Literature, 31, 102.

Manse of Sunnyside, 127.

Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Re-

gained, 78.

Plan of the Revelations, 149.

Practical Nonconformity to the World, 198.

Principles of School Architecture, 102.

Private Prayer, 30.

Remains of the late Rev. John Jameson, 76.

Russia and its People, 52.

Russian Guardsman, 102.

Sacred Melodies for Sabbath Schools, 198.

Scottish Psalm and Tune Book, 282.

Scottish Keview, 31.

Selected Remains of the late Mr George

Brunton, 198.

Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me, 284.

Temperance Tracts, 31.

The Adviser, 31.

The Anti-Sabbatarian Defenceless, 126.

The Convent and the Manse, 54.

The Cross, 198.

The Death of His Saints Precious in the
Lord, 286.

The Friend of Sinners, 246.

The Great Journey, 244.

The Hand of God in War, 29.

The Powers of Europe and the World's
Great Quarrel, 197.

Thoughts on Sabbath Schools, 283.

Thoughts on the Freedom of the Will, 150.

The 'Iricolor on the Atlas, 77.

Warnings of the Present Crisis, 286.

Zion's Light Come, 199.

Education, Advantages of, 242.

Egypt, Present Condition of, a Proof of

Scripture Truth, 222.

Elocution Recommended, 179.

Enjoyments, Mutability of Human, 227.

Errors regarding Religion, Causes of, 13.
Everything, Slake the Best of, 286.

Feast of Purim, 47.

Figurative Language of Scripture, 69.

Glimpses within the Veil, 70, 90, 112, 137,

169,185.

Good Preaching, 196.

Great West, The, 260.

Heathen Land, Sojourning in a, 18.

Hints to the Afflicted, 111.

Holy Spirit, The, 269.

Human Enjoyments, Mutability of, 227.

Human Responsibility, 1 J.

Humility, 259.

Infidelity Sustains not at Death, 119.
Interview of our Lord with Nathanael, 11.

Kingdom of God, 133.

Last Days of Saul, 43.

Leviathan, 74, 120.

Life and Death, 251.

Literary Characteristics of the Bible, 23.

Living Stones, 161.

Lord's Supper, The, 40.

Lying, Nonconformity to the World in, 123.

Make the Best of Everything, 286.

.\iMiieal Sketches, 148, 238, 260.
.Morality to be Inculcated, 124.
Mount Tabor, 46.

Name of Messiah, 47.

Nature mirroring the Divine Greatness, 273.

New Year, Address suggested by, 81.
No Temple in Heaven, 264.

Objection to Prayer Confuted, 49.

Observations of Dr Robert Harris, 214.

Patience, 277.

Peace through Faith in Christ, 280.

Picked-up Pearls, 104,152,176, 200, 224, 248,

272, 288.

Picture of the Envious Man, 62.

Piety opposes all Sin, 157.

Poetby.

Abode of the Blessed, 41.

A Voice from the Heathen, 111.

Christ Precious, 106.

Christian Pilgrimage, 182.

Daily Duties, 128.

Emblems, 221.

Faith, 17.

Farewell, 151.

Flight of Time, 82.

Floating Chapel, 233.

Forgive and Forget, 80.

Hagar in the Wilderness, 173.

Happiness, 32.

Harvest Hymn, 63.

Holiness Sought, 168.

Home, 152.

In Affliction, 80.

Last Prayer, 278.

Love of Christ, 32.

Love of Nature, 190.

Make Hay while the Sun is Shining, 272.

Memory, 162.

Mission of the Cross, 141.

Mocking of the Soldiers, 266.

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