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2 Tim. iv. 5.

Watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the

work of an Evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

The prevailing topic of conversation among all parties, at the present moment, is the situation and the apparent danger of the Established Church. Our friends are anxious and alarmed ; our doubtful adherents are wavering, and reserving themselves to take part with the successful side; whilst our enemies are cla

morously hailing the downfal which they anticipate.

Under such circumstances it becomes our duty and our wisdom to reflect calmly and deliberately, without unmanly fears or worldly prepossessions, what are the true condition and prospects of the Church of England, and by what means its permanence may be secured.

It would be disingenuous and perfectly unavailing to deny the fact, that the Civil Establishment of the Church is, at this juncture', exposed to serious danger; a danger enhanced not more by the confident tone and measures of our adversaries, than by the exaggerated apprehensions of many among ourselves, who have been suddenly aroused from their dream of security to a startling view of our actual position.

The one are proclaiming their exultation in what they are pleased to term

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