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the testimony of experience when I say, that in populous and extensive parishes a District Society, rightly organized, is to the Parochial Minister an auxiliary of inestimable worth. Where he once shrunk appalled and almost in despair from the overwhelming mass of vice and ignorance which encompassed him on every side, and 'with which no individual efforts could be competent to grapple, he may be now enabled, through the agency of District Visitors (who receive instructions from him and make reports to him) to pervade with a general superintendence the whole extent of his charge, yet at the same time to concentrate his energies on that portion of his work which cannot be delegated to another—the administration of the Sacraments, and the preaching of the Word, and the pastoral visitation of the sick and dying. In a word, were District Societies as universal in operation as they are scriptural in principle, we might approximate once again, to the bright example of the primitive saints; we might be assimilated to the perfect model of the Apostolic Church; we might realize a portion of that spirit which rested upon the Christian community in its first and best days, when not only “was there not among them any that lacked,” but “great grace was upon them all!”

To treat this subject as it ought to be treated, however, would not only exceed the bounds of a Preface, but overpass the limits of a volume. I shall, therefore, only add my prayer, that the Divine blessing may rest upon this directing plans, which have God for their object, and the eternal welfare of his people for their end: seizin; every opportunity of general and individual good, correcting mischiefs at their first rising, providing for the spiritual wants of every different age and class, and thus striving, as far as may be allowed, to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. - BISHOP OF CHESTER,

humble but sincere attempt to promote the interests of Christian charity; and that the Committee may receive the best recompense of their unassuming but most useful labours in the approving suffrage of those excellent persons by whom they can be best appreciated; those whose principle it is, “ to walk in love, as Christ also hath loved them;" whose practice,“ to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep themselves unspotted from the world."

THOMAS DALE.

CONTENTS.

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PACE

Thy will be done . . . 103 Christian Influence. ... 176

Directions for Visiting the The Freeness of the Gospel, 176

Sick . . . . . . . . 105 Sunday Newspapers. ... 177

The Eleventh Hour ... 111 On the Obligation of the Rich

The Dying Navigator ... 113 to communicate to the Poor 178

Education and Crime . . . 117 | Advantage of District Visit-

On Death-Bed Repentance . 118 ing. · · · · · · · · 179

Necessity of Caution in Dis-

Cases of Destitution. ... 181

trict Visitors . .... 121 Suicide prevented .... 183

The Sunday Scholar ... 125 The duty of every Christian

On the Observance of the in his own sphere. ... 184

Sabbath . ...... 128 The Alarmed Sinner . . • 189

Grace Bennet, the Blind

t the Blind The Blessings resulting from
Pauper . . . . . ... 130 the free ciroulation of the

Religious Education ... 133

Bible . . . . . . . . 198

The Bible a Treasure to the

The Drunkard reclaimed by

Nation and to Families . 135

reading a Tract. ... 200

George III. and the Dying

“Let not thy left hand know

Gipsy. . . . . . . . 136

what thy right hand doeth” 292

The Religious Innkeeper. . 139

The Lord's Supper . . . . 203

The Self-Murderer . . . . 141

The Poacher and his Child . 204

A Warning to Impenitent

Religion the basis of Educa-

Sinners ....... 149

tion ... .. .. 209

The Obligation to Relieve the

The Liturgy ...... 150

Distresses of our Fellow-

Benefits of Family Prayer . 150

creatures ...... 211

The Countryman. .... 151 | Historical Survey of Gipsies 212

Christian Heroism .... 151 On doing Good from Prin-

The Death of a Profligate . 152 ciple · · · · · · · · 215

“ He went about doing good” 154 Rose H- ..... 218

True and False Repose in The American Lay-reader . 224

Death ....... 154 | What it is to be a Christian . 235

Memoir of the Rev. Thomas

Marriage a Religious Ordi-

Gouge ....... 159 nance. i ...... 236

The Poor Fisherman . . . 162 Life and Death . . . . . 243

The Fruits of Scriptural In Parish or District Houses for

struction . . . . . . . 168 the Poor. ...... 247

Neglect no opportunity of Thc Southampton Gipsy Fes-

doing good . ..... 169 tival . . . . . . . 248

On Beneficence . . . . . 170 | On Provident Funds with a

The Ostler at the Crown . . 1721 small Premium .... 256

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The General Utility of Dis Anecdote of the late Rev.

trict Visiting . . . . . 257 Richard Cecil . .... 309

Religion everything ... 261 Doddridge's Rules for the di-

Family Prayer ..... 262 rection of his Conduct . . 310

Picture of Old Age without Conversion of a Sailor . . .311

and with the Blessings of

Religion . . . . . . 264

Devauden Chapel .... 313

Scriptural Conversion exem Reminiscence of the late

plified in the case of the Robert Raikes, Founder

Rev. Henry Venn ... 261 of Sunday Schools ... 314

Circumspection and Discre On the National Neglect of

tion recommended in Dis-

God . . . . . . . . 316

trict Visiting . . . . . 266

“Thy will be Done” . . . 320

Seed sown by the Way-side. 272

The elevating effect of True

Faith imputed for Righteous-

Religion . . . . . . 326

ness . . . . . . . . 275

A Minister's View of the

The Temporal Benefits which

Duty of District Visitors . 328

Christianity confers on

Families .... .. 277 Christian Charity .... 329

The Shepherd of Salisbury Light in Darkness. ... 330

Plain . . . . . . . . 279 The Benefits of Affliction. . 341

The Burial Service. ... 280

The Goodness of God . . . 344

Numbered Sittings in the

The Prayerless Mother . . 347

Churches for the Poor . . 282

Recollections of a Departed

Morning Devotion. ... 283

Child . ....... 348

The Bible . . . . . . . 284

The Stolen Climbing-boy. . 354

The Widow, or the Comforts

The Effects of Christianity on

of Religion amid Poverty

the Moral Condition of the

and Wretchedness. . . 286

Poor ... .. ... 356

The Rev. Thomas Adam,

Old John . . .... . 360

Rector of Wintringham . 289

Rules for Domestic Happi-

On the effect of Example in

ness . . . . . . . 364

the Higher Walks of Life. 292

Memoir of a Faithful Servant 366

Practical Religion .... 295

Beneficial Effects of District

The Farmer's Daughter . . 296

| Visiting Societies. ... 376

Mary Edith ...... 301 |

Various Recollections . . . 377

On glorifying God in Public

Worship. ... .. 305 / Genuine Prayer . . . . . 383

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