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To return from this digression, into which we have been imperceptibly drawn, we present our particular acknowledgments to all, of whose labors we have been enabled to avail our. selves. A great proportion of the interest, which our work may have excited, and of the effects, which it has produced, must be ascribed to the generous aid derived from contributors of original matter. It is proper here to remark, that the public seem to be by no means aware of the influence, capable of being exerted by a periodical publication. When they shall be duly impressed with this subject, and shall call into action the concentrated talents of all in our country, who espouse the cause of sound theology, pure morals, and enlarged benevolence, it will be seen what surprising results may be accomplished by truth, argument, and Christian zeal.
In reviewing our work, we have endeavored to place before the mind all the considerations, which serve to explain or enforce the great responsibility of one, who writes for the public. How much we are deceived as to our motives, or our object, it is not in our own power, or that of any human tribunal, exactly to determine. We can declare, however, witbout the least reserve, that we have always intended to act, in reference to every thing published in our pages, with entire Christian integrity, so far as we have been able to judge of our motives. When the onse required it, we have given great deliberation to the question whether we should publish, and whether the manner, as well as the matter, could be justified. When. ever facts have been stated, or opinions with respect to facts have been given, the most satisfactory evidence has been required. We know not that the Panoplist has ever been seriously assailed, except by those, who class themselves under the general denomination of Uni. tarians. By them, indeed, the most vehement charges have been made. Some of these charges have been refuted formally, and at length. For the consideration of others we have had no time. In reference to all these charges, we are satisfied, that an impartial judge would pronounce them without foundation.
In some instances the facts, which we had asserted, have been denied; but, in no instance, that we can recollect, has this denial been supported. We are certain, that no case of inten. tional misrepresentation can be made out against us; because no such case has existed. In regard to those passages, in our various controversies with Unitarians, which were thought to bear hard upon individuals, we can aver, that they were written from considerations of a public nature, and not from any unkindness to the persons concerned, nor any wish to excite unpleasant feelings. In discharging what we deemed to be a serious duty, we always endeavored to take care, that no individual, and no party, should have just occ sion to complain of our representations; and we are not convinced, that this care was ever insufficient, or inef. fectual. Harsh and violent things have been said of our work and our motives; but we harbor no resentments, and pray that we and our opponents, may view things as they really are, and as they will be viewed, when every delusion shall cease, and unmixed truth shall be seen and acknowledged.
We should not have mentioned this subject, were it not for the plain obligation, which rests upon every writer, to retract former opinions or assertions, which he has found to be erro. peous. At the close of this work, the public have a claim to know what we think of those passages, which have been particularly obnoxious, and on which the lapse of years has enabled us to form a deliberate judgment. After the general declaration of upright motives, which we have made, we would by no means intimate, that we have ever thought ourselves exempt from the influence of passion and prejudice. To these causes of error we have doubtless been more or less exposed; but we have attempted to guard against them, and hope they have not operated to any very injurious extent.
The present Editor has superintended the publication of the last eleven volumes. Much of the original matter was wrillen by himself and for nearly all the rest he avows the fullest responsibility. During some periods of absence on account of ill health, be did not see all the articles, which were published; but he is not aware that any of these were the subject of animadversion.
In bidding our readers farewell, we most unfeignedly wish them happiness in this world and the world to come. If they have derived any benefit from our hunable services, we would be thankful, and ascribe to God the praise; if they have, in any respect been led astray, we would regret it, and desire that any inadvertence, or any fault, of ours may be forgiven, and no pertoanent evil result from it. Soon must we and our readers, appear before the jurigment seat of Christ. May we be pardoned by his blood, clothed in his righteousness, and adınitted to his kingdom and glory.
TO THE PRINCIPAL MATTERS CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME.
Accum's account of adulterations & frauds, 206 mate danger of servile insurrection, 485
134 this subject, 486 - true state of feeling
489-further comments on the law of
in reference to the Slave Trade, 272 from Mr. Bardwell's journal at, 457 ----
248 general view of the mission, 507-
252||Boscuwen, N. H. revival of religion at, 191
506,553 121,183,513~Usage captive rescued, 85
S36 arrival of Mr. Conger and his company,
and Finney for the Arkansaw, 199-
their report, 132-visit of Catharine
of the Am. Board of Com. for. F. Mis. 141 school established at Creek Path, 315–
Finney and Washburn, 169-stay at Brougham, Mr. extract from his speech
53 Ceylon mission;-letter from the mission.
S09 aries, 76,277-mission schools, 77–
hopeful conversion of three young men,
93 78-on the selection of children for ed-
470 ucation, 423-- letter from Messrs. Winso
458 Messrs. Winslow and others, 517 —
376|| Choctaws, their grants to the sebools, S68
478 Christianity in India, progress of, 41–
241-Sonthern people irritable on the Christians, their resemblance to stran-
should have elevated views, 100
Christmas, perversion of,
57||Galitzin, Prince, his letter to Mr. Solo.
217|| Ghossaul, Jay Narrain, letter from, 41
263|| Graves, Rev. Allen, his journal at Ma-
and the United States, compar-
166 Allabay, 44--his tour to Panwell, - 509
$15 world, comparison of,
Hurrowby, Lord, speech of before the Bi.
445 Highlands of Asia, temperature of, 309
5|| Hindoo method of bringing the devil into
• 259||Humphrey, Rev. Heman, extract from his
ment of children, S95--rules of govern- Jenks, Rev. William, his donation of books
500 | Jeros, Society for promoting Christianity
--arrival of Messrs. Fisk and Pride, 26- rejection, 393—great offence of, 437
96 Kingsbury, Rev. Cyrus, attends the Choc-
taw council, 27-letter to a friend, 47-
Lerington, (Ken.) meteorological observ.
282 Love of country,
Mahim, journal of Mr. Graves at, 569, Ook-tib-be ha, journal of Mr. Kingsbury
535||Palestine Mission, liberal donation to, 96
dress of the Trustees of, 167-donat. to, 323 at Smyrna, 144-letter of do. 173—their
262,344,406,450,496 ter, dated off Gozo, 231-their letter from
115 the Turkish empire, 266--donation of
294 of the mission, 554, 555--letter of the
103 Rev. Mr. Williamson, 555--immense
125 field for Christian enterprise in the
Turkish empire, 556-letter of Mr. Par.
461 190, 228--revival of at Boscawen, N. H.
189 terboro', N. Y. ib.--Plainfield, Con. ib.
Report of the Prudential Committee of
348|Review, of Worcester's Elements of Geo.
S73,412-tour to Cullian and Bhewndy, 415 Rev Mr. Nocl, 193—of the Christian
144,181,232-a letter to the Treasurer ness, 48--letter to his brother, 268. See
424 - from a clerz. ib.-- from a lay man,' 425 Sandwich Islands, mission to, the Thad-
deus spoken, 48—Mr. Bingham's letter
264,312,407,576 91-brief review of the mission, 569,570
205 Scriptures, a translation of at Bombay,
Signs, on the language of,
34 Tukkeer, village of, Mr. Hall's visit to, 510 Sin, on the deceitfulness of,
- 269 Slave trarle, discussion respecting the, in United States and Great Britain, compar. the Congress of Aix la Chapelle,
272 ed with respect to Christian exertions, S01 Society Islands, progress of Christianity l'ermont, missionary labors in,
217 in, 40-- visit of Mr. Charles Bowers at, 126 | Vienna, encouragement of the arts in, 308 Solomon, Rev. B. N. recommended by the Virginia, law of concerning slaves, 243 emperor of Russia,
261||Visiting committee of the school at BrainState of the world, a monitor of duty, 156 erd, report of,
132 Steiner, Rev. Abraham, his visit to Brain- War, prevalence of in this world,
87| Warren, Rev. Edward, tribute to the Stewart, Dagald, a great philosopher,
520 Subterraneous sounds,
300 Supyen, mention of, • 522 Warren, Rev. John B. voyage of,
501 Swezey, Rev. Samuel, letter from, 143 Warriors, their extensive fame,
536 Switzerland, missionary letter from, 142 Westfield, Ohio, revival of religion in,
96 Tumbour, village of, Mr. Hall's visit to, 511 Williams, Mr. Å V. sickness and death of, 28 Tannah, journal of Mr. Nichols at, 573,412 | Windham County, Con. Char. Society of, 92 Teigmouth, Lord, his speech before the Winslow, Rev. Miron, letter from him Brit. & For. Bible Society,
and his brethren, 188--private journal Tillipaly, sickness of Mr. Poor at, 177-- of,
192,227 arrival of Dr. Scudder, 519 Worcester's Geography, review of,
13 Tissera, Gabriel, hopeful conversion of, Wright, Rev. Alfred, sets out for the 278-letter from, 282 Choctaw station at Elliot,
286 Trumbull county, Ohio
, revival of religion in, 527 Zeul of the poor,
INDEX TO THE SIGNATURES.
115 296 S.
212,455 56,261 SAMUEL Nott, jun.
12 293 SPECTATOR,
250 445 C. Y.
496 445W. M.
10,52,100,158,255,307 55,109 ZETA,
206 6||Z. Y.
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Under these restrictions, the premiums to writers in the twelfth volume were as follows:
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