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On sending forth our first number of the “ Family Monitor,” it may be as well to declare our principles, and consequently those on which this monthly publication will be conducted. Let it be said, then, that they are strictly those of the Church of England, of which we are members; and that it is our earnest wish to uphold that venerable establishment, and to inculcate religious feelings in unison with that sober piety which breathes throughout its incomparable Liturgy. Warmly attached to our King, and sincerely grateful for the blessings we enjoy under our admirable Constitution, we shall do our best to promote his honour, and every thing that may tend to make our readers good citizens of this world, while we would fain lead them to a better! Our grand object will be the religious instruction and improvement of servants, and of those to whom the perusal of unobjectionable matter, and wholesome advice, may be advantageous; at the same time, we trust,—that by introducing judicious and varied selections, some original articles, together with domestic hints and suggestions,-our pages will not be unworthy of being read by every member of those families who may think proper to adopt it. In justice to ourselves we think it proper to add, that the present number can hardly be called a fair specimen of the manner in which this publication will be conducted, but rather a plan of its intended nature; as the projector, from unavoidable circumstances, has been unable to give it the
A NEODOCTORY ADDRESS TO THE HEADS OF FAMILIEN, Os ending forth our first number of the "l'amily Monitor," 11 may be as well to declare our principles, and consequently them
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attention he wished, while he was unwilling to lose so good an opportunity of commencing it as the present month. Hereafter, the aid of many kind friends is anticipated, and as much time and attention will be given to its arrangement, so it is hoped that, by the Divine blessing, it may be the humble instrument of promoting glory to God on high, and in the bosom of families
peace, good will towards men.
TO THE SERVANTS OF BOTH SEXES,
INTO WHOSE HANDS THIS LITTLE WORK MAY COME.
MY FRIENDS ; We cannot permit a work which is designed to promote your true interests, to go forth without something in a more especial manner addressed to yourselves. Your condition first inspired our design, and you are the readers whom we chiefly wish to consider. Unlike to those who profess themselves friendly to the humbler ranks of life, and who exhibit their friendship by endeavouring to make them discontented with their lot, ungrateful to their God, and haters of their brethren, our endeavour will be, in agreement with that word of God which alone teacheth the truth, to show you the reasons which you, and all mankind, have for gratitude and thankfulness; and the obligation which you, and every believer in the Bible are under, “to labour” whatever may be their condition, “ therewith to be content.” Neither, if you endeavour to bring unprejudiced affections to these reasonings, will our task be difficult; for all experience hath shown, that it is not so much the reason that first seeks for arguments against God and godliness, as the heart ! If the heart be humble and teachable, a man is easily convinced that honesty, sobriety, industry, chastity, and content, are highly desirable as things acceptable to God, and also as virtues which, by their practice, greatly advance man's worldly interests, and leave the mind in the possession of all that happiness, which peace and a good conscience can bestow. .
To accomplish these our friendly purposes, we shall, in humble dependence on a gracious Providence, furnish you with such