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With pleasure we observe, that the efforts, which have been so successfully made to send the Gospel to the South Seas, and which are now making to carry the same blessed truths into Africa, have had the most powerful tendency to unite the devoted servants of Christ, of every denomination, in the endearing bands of brotherly love, and to awaken the zeal of the faith. ful to commiserate and help the perishing multitudes of unenlightened persons in our own country.
Some congregations are beginning to send out fix or eight of their best qualified members to converse with the poor in their neighbourhood, where the Gospel is not preached, with the view of teaching them the va. lue of their souls, the condition they are in, and persuading them to attend the means of grace, where the distance renders it practicable ; or else, to meet together, and read the Scriptures, praying with them, and for them, to the Father of mercies.
By the munificence of an individual, an itinerancy also is establishing, under the superintendence of one of our own body, that promises extensive usefulness, by making some poor congregation, that cannot maintain a settled ministry, the place of head-quarters, or central point, whence each minister issues forth into the adjacent towns and villages with the glad tidings of salvation; having all his expences defrayed, and a sufficient salary allowed to keep himself decent and respect. able : And when a few other faithful labourers can be found willing, and well qualified to engage in this work, they will be accepted. We sincerely hope that wealthy persons, of both sexes, will be found to fola low this laudible example ; fince two or three preachers may thus be supported in gathering many precious souls to Christ, at a less expence than the frequently vain and troublesome gratification of keeping a pair of horses and a chariot. We shall be willing to corre. fpond on this subject with any persons who wish to
come forward and devote some part of their property to this profitable service; or to receive hints from ministers, or others, respecting populous places where itinerancies of this kind can be established.
Nor is it with small satisfaction, we inform a sensible correspondent, whose paper, recommending attention to the state of the Jews, was lately inserted, that several able Ministers of the Gospel have engaged to preach a Sunday evening lecture to that long.neglected people, at Bury-street meeting-house, near Duke's Place, for a trial of one year at least ; the result of their labours we hope to be able, with thankfulness, to record.
It has likewise been proposed to connect, with the lecture, a society analogous to the Sick Man's Friend, for their exclusive benefit: hoping that God will bless the efforts of Christian kindness, in opening their ears to the voice of Christ, on a bed of fickness, and in the prospect of death.
In the progress of our work, we trust, we shall be able to state to our readers the vast utility of these focieties, and the means by which all the preceding efforts, for spreading the Gospel, may be improved or enlarged. We shall probably take occasion also to recommend the catechising of children and young per. sons, and suggest some things respecting the more extensive circulation of pamphlets : At the same time we shall be thankful to any individual for his thoughts on these subjects, or on any other method of doing good that can be devised, that so every practicable and desirable proposal may be well digested, in order to be presented to the Public.
We have many acknowledgments to make to our kind correspondents for the valuable assistance they have given us. The present vast sale of the Magazine is the best evidence of the high estimation in which their favours are held by the Public, and consequently of the great obligations under which we ourselves are laid.
It is from this vast sale we are enabled, notwithstanding the heavy duties laidon paper, which have diminished or crushed several periodical publications, to continue our usual quantity of letter-press, and to begin the year with an improved paper, with entire new types, and without leffening our charitable distributions; and, we flatter ourselves, such care will be taken by our printer, in future, in the execution of the Work, as to preclude every possible reason of complaint.
Here it may be needful to observe, that though it be customary with all periodical works to advertise, both for the benefit of the printer and the increase of the revenue, bocks and other things, we hope it will be understood that this by no means implies our recommendation of what is there advertised. Our opinion will be given in the Review; and such books as are not there spoken of with approbation, our readers may be sure, we think, are not worth their notice. We will, however, take the greatest possible care that riothing indelicate or immoral shall disgrace the covers, or be disseminated with the Work; but should any thing of the kind be stitched in after it comes from the printing-office, on information given us, we will endeavour to trace the evil, and suppress it.