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dụcted by an union of many ministers, among whom are men of leisure, learning, character, and influence. The Universalist's Miscellany was undertaken by a solitary individual, whose only credit in the religious world is that of being a heretic, because he has dared to believe and proclaim, The Reftitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began.
Without character, without connection, and with but little leisure, the Editor of this work has struggled through
He has met with discouragements, but he is not intimidated; with contempt, but he is not ashamed. Firmly persuaded of the goodness of his cause, and conscious of the rectitude of his intentions, he stands collected: not repenting that he has attempted to justify the divine character to his fellow men, nor regretting any loss or icproach which he has suffered on that account. Indeed, this work was undertaken in the full prospect and expectation of every discouragement which has occurred. No pecuniary emolument, or increase of credit, were expected by it: and none of either have arisen from it.
We have already given better paper and print than any other periodical work, and half a theet more of letter-press than some others, to each number. But the largenels of our type has prevented us from embracing that number of objects which we at first intended. Our next Volume will be in a smaller type, but sufficiently clear to make it pleafant to the eye. In this alteration we propose an advantage to our readers, as it will enable us to present them with a greater quantity of matter.
It is with pleasure we inform the public that the number of our Correspondents is increasing; and we return our thanks to them in general for their assistance already given, and request the continuance of it. If we have not yet inserted some of their pieces, the largeness of our type is tlie reason, and not any neglect of their favours.
We do not see why the Universalists may not produce a monthly publication, that shall be as well worthy of the notice of the public as that of any other budy of Christians. We are confident that there are men of piety, learning, and leisure, in the universal sentiment. A few such have given their assistance; we folicit the help of others.
It is with gratitude to the Father of Mercies that we learn fome real good has been done by our attempts in the last year. It is this that gives us encouragement to proceed for the welfare of mankind is the strongest object which can animate the heart of a good man ; and while we in any measure contribute to this, we think ourselves amply rewarded for our labours.
We are attempting to open a correspondence with the Universalists in America, where the doctrine is rapidly spreading. When we receive any answers to our enquiries, we will lay them before our readers.
As the present age is characterised by the prevalence of Infidelity, we wish to contribute our mite towards withstanding that enormity. We shall be able next year to infert fome valuable pieces in defence of Revelation, which we hope will have a due effect upon the minds of our readers, particularly the younger part of them, for whom we are much concerned, that they may know, love and serve the God of their fathers, and be kept unspotted from the world; but we take the liberty to say, that our best endeavours to serve the rising generation, will in a great measure be rendered ineffectual, unlefs parents and masters of families will second them by their practice; for the most convincing of all arguments in defence of truth, is the holiness of its professors.
Convinced as we are, that our views of the Divine Character are naturally productive of peace, humility, and univerfal benevolence, we are happy to find that the greater part of our friends evidence the truth of our conviction by their conduct. If any of them act otherwise, we do not hesitate thus publicly to say, that we esteem them not as our friends, nor as the friends of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At the request of several of our Correspondents, we shall next year allot two or three pages at the end of our pamphlet for monthly occurrences, both foreign and domestic: perhaps this will be enough for many of our readers, who may wish to have a brief view of the times, without the trouble and expence of frequently consulting newspapers.
The friendly hints of our Correspondents, relative to any future improvement of our Miscellany, will be attended to.
We have added an Errata and an Index to the end of the Volume.
December 28, 1797.