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In presenting to his readers the eleventh volume of the Christian Advocate, the Editor has little more to say, than to renew his devout acknowledgments to a merciful God, for the prolonging of his life, and for crowning it, as heretofore, with innumerable blessings, both temporal and spiritual; and especially for the continuance, at an advanced age, of some capacity for active employment in the service of his adored Redeemer; and while the Divine goodness is thus recognised as demanding the highest and warmest gratitude, to express also, the sincere thanks which he feels to be due to those who have long remained the steadfast patrons of this publication, as well as to those—a respectable number—who in the year past have added their names to the list of bis subscribers.
Leaving the contents of the volume to which this preface is affixed, to speak for themselves, he will avail himself of the opportunity which it presents, to say a few words in regard to the future. Having completed the publication of the course of lectures on the Shorter Catechism, he proposes to substitute in their place, the monthly issuing of a popular sermon. Not certain, however, that this will prove acceptable to his readers generally, he will abandon the plan if, on experiment, he shall find that it would be more agreeable and useful, that the space assigned to the sermons should be filled with other religious communications, of a doctrinal and practical kind. The sermons inserted in the Advocate, when not otherwise stated, will be of the editor's own composition; of which a large number are lying by him, which were delivered to the people of his charge, during the six-and-twenty years that he sustained the pastoral relation, in the Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. He once intended to prepare for the press as many of these discourses as would fill two volumes; but he now believes that all he shall publish, will be those that may appear in the Christian Advocate.
It is intended hereafter to insert a greater number of brief notices of new publications, than have been lately admitted into this
Miscellany; and the aid of literary friends in preparing such notices, and in furnishing reviews, as well as in contributing other articles, suitable for a Religious Journal, is very earnestly and respectfully solicited.
Imploring the Divine blessing on his humble labours, and requesting a remembrance in the prayers of every pious reader, for himself, and for a blessing on his work—that it may promote the glory of God, the welfare of his church, and the spiritual interests of all who read it, the Editor sincerely bids them—with all the meaning contained in a term too often used as a mere formFAREWELL.
INDEX TO VOLUME XI.
238, 285, 334, 380, 430, 470, 517,560.
Eddy, Thomas, Life of, 273.
Blind, Wonderful Persons, 86.
Faith, How Justified by, 348.
Fact, Curious One, 327.
Backslider, a Letter to a, 531.
Farewell Hymn, 244.
First Thoughts, a Mother's, 223.
Fire, Something New concerning, 134.
Force, Centrifugal, 35.
Cream, Way of Obtaining, 424.
German Universities, 452.
Germany, Libraries of, 368.
German Version, Luther's, 325.
Gig made by a Blind Man, 273.
General Assembly, Proceedings of, 275. Mackintosh's England, 177.
M.Millan, Rev. John, Death of, 546.
Napoleon, Statue of, 422.
Naples, Population of, 423.
Newspaper, First in England, 423.
Navy, Temperance in, 87.
of Light, 244.
Oats, Chinese, 274.
Oxalis Crenata, 186.
Ohio Canal, Completion of, 35.
Popery, Paganism of, 493.
Impositions of, 326.
Poetry and Fiction, 461.
Pilgrim's Farewell, 394.
Paris, Population of, 423.
Paper, Miles of, 423.
Post Office, English, 325.
Parents, Tears of, 170, 265.
Pinney, Mr., News from, 234, 284.
Return of, 328, 370.
Letter from, 557.
97, 145, 193, 241, 289, 337, 385, 433, Pictet's Theology, 101, 150.
Palm Tree, 185.
Plants found in Tombs, 134.
Palestine, Map of, 86.
Planets Visible, 35.
Presbyterian Church, State of, 278.
Pious Negroes, Memorials of, 535.
Psalm VII., Hymn adapted to, 530.
Recent Publications, Notice of, 507.
Recantation of a Roman Priest, 40.
River Niger, 425.
Rowland Hill, Character of, 340.
Lines on the Death of, 342.
Religion at St. Helena, 168.
Rural Life, Christian Morals important
in, 13, 59, 105.
Russian Annual, 134.
Steam Ship, 510.
Silk, American, 134.
St. Simon's and St. Jude's Day, 58.
Speculation, Bane of Piety, 18.
Sabbath Day Song, 104.
Observance of, 376.
Sandwich Islands, 228, 509.
South Africa, Missionary Chronicle of,
St. Petersburgh, Population of, 423.