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No Book can need a Preface less than a Magazine; yet, such is the force of custom, that our Annual Volume would appear imperfect without one.
The Plan and Design of this Miscellany is sufficiently known to the Public:- it is at once to instruct and to entertain :-by the Memoirs of good men, to excite emulation; — by the Essays, to diffuse evangelical truth and recommend evangelical practice ; — by the Obituaries, to display the goodness of God to dying saints, and the powerful influence of gospel principles ; —
by the Reviews, we recommend good books, and guard against bad ones; - in our Intelligence, foreign and domestic, we record the events the day, as they relate to the kingdom of Christ, and stir up our readers to prayer, to praise, to zeal and good works; - by the Evangelicana, lately introduced, we gather up the fragments of valuable writings ; — and in the Poetical Department, we preserve from oblivion many a pleasing effort of the Christian Muse: and while these purposes are, we trust, answered to our numerous Readers, many a widowed heart is made to sing for joy by the gratuitous DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROFITS OF THE WORK.
Such is our Plan. As to the execution of it, it becomes us to be silent; nor need we speak. The Circulation of the Work, annually increasing, and far exceeding that of any periodical publication, not religious, sufficiently evinces the public approbation.
1. F. SCHWARTZ,
-IONARY IN INDIA.
n Frederic Schwartz was born the 26th
Sonnenburgh, in the New Mark. His George Schwartz; and his mother's maiden he latter, who died during his early childther death-bed, both to his father and to the attended her, that she had dedicated lier son to I exacted a promise from both, that they would at obstacle in his way, in case he should express a
ducated for the church. chance of eight years, Schwartz was sent to the Town,
!, where he received many good impressions under the
rector, Mr. Helm; who, in his instructions in religion, illicctionately recommended prayer to his scholars, and shewed sult they might, in their own words, lay their concerns before Ciod. Schwartz relates, in an account written by himself, that le often, at that time, went into a solitary place, where he poured ut his heart before God; in doing which he felt himself very Happy. When he had done any thing amiss 'at home, he could not be easy till he hall earnestly implored pardon of God.
When the above-mentioned rector was advanced to the situation of minister, and his successors paid little attention to the culture of the hearts of the youth under their care,
Schwartz became again "light-mindel. Ble received confirmation from a clergyman, who was contented if his catechumens could answer his questions ; but was not anxious to perceive in them a real change of heart. Althongh at partaking, for the first time, of the holy commumion, Schwartz experienced some serious impressions, they were soon obliterated,
He was afterwards removed to the school at Custrin, where God raised him many bencfactors. But as he lodged with light-minded scholars, his heart became more and more stron
To our Readers we return sincere Thanks; and beg to assure them, that our endeavours to render the Work agreeable and useful shall not be relaxed. .
To our Correspondents also our Gratitude is due. Through their liberality we are amply supplied with materials; and glad should we be to insert a much larger proportion of their communications, were it not impracticable, on account of the scanty limits of forty-four pages; in which, however, a far greater quantity of matter is compressed than in any similar work, published at the same price.
To“ God, only wise, the Author of every good and perfect gift,” our supreme Acknowledgments are paid : His grace rendered the subjects of our Memorials what they were, - His wisdom directs the pens of our readiest writers, His Spirit supports our dying friends in their departing hours, — His Providence superintends all human affairs : it is He who suggests the plan and aids the execution of every pious Institution. To Him therefore, and to Him alone, be glory in all the churches, through Jesus Christ, world without end! Amen.
London, December, 1806.