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THE

Connecticut Evangelical Magazine,

VOLUME I.

CONSISTING OF TWELVE NUMBERS, TO BE
PUBLISHED MONTHLY.

FROM JULY 1800 TO JUNE 1801.

THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS MAGAZINE
ARE DEVOTED TO FORM A PERMANENT FUND, THE AN-
NUAL INTEREST OF WHICH IS TO BE APPROPRIA-

TED, BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE MISSIONARY

SOCIETY OF CONNECTICUT, TO THE SUP-
PORT OF MISSIONS IN THE NEW

AMERICAN SETTLEMENTS, AND

AMONG THE HEATHEN.

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PRINTED BY HUDSON AND GOODWIN, FOR THE EDITORS.

THE

Connecticut Evangelical Magazine..

VOL. I.]

JULY, 1800.

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INTRODUCTION.

HOULD this Magazine meet with the friendly patronage and encouragement of the public, it will be continued; and as the fubfcription papers, on which the terms of publication are expreffed, are to be returned to the publishers, the Editors will annually publish those terms, in the first number for each year. They therefore in this firft number infert a copy of the original fubfcription bills, which is followed by fome introductory remarks on the utility of fuch publications.

PROPOSALS

For printing a periodical Work, to be called, The

Connecticut Evangelical Magazine:

-TO CONTAIN

country :-Information respecting Miffions to the new fettlements in the United States and among

Heathen nations :-Narratives of

revivals of religion in particular places together with the diftinguifhing marks of true and falfe religion:-Accounts of remarkable difpenfations of divine Providence:-Biographical sketches of perfons eminent for piety :-Original hymns on evangelical fubjects:

-Together with whatever elfe on the fubject of religion and morals may contribute to the advancement of genuine piety and pure morality.

This work will confift of original pieces and of extracts from the best European and American publications. As the Magazine is defigned for the promotion of vital Christianity, and of a knowledge of the great and effential truths of the gofpel, Effays which are mere

Effays on the doctrines of Chriftianity, and on religious, experimental and moral fubjects :-Occafional remarks on the fulfilment of fcripture prophecies in the prefly ent day, and expofitions of difficult and doubtful paffages of fcripture-Religious intelligence concerning the ftate of Chrift's kingdom, throughout the Chriftian world, and fketches of the origipal ecclefiaftical concerns of this

controverfial or deeply metaphyfical, it will be feen, come not within the object of this publication; nevertheless, fhould any fuch be fent which, in the opinion of the Editors, are highly meritorious, they will be admitted. azine will be open to

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munications from all denominations of Chriftians who believe in the peculiar principles of Christianity; but if written upon the diftinguishing tenets of their refpective fects, they will be excluded. The profits arifing from the fale of this publication will be appropriated to the fupport of Miffionaries to the Heathen or among the inhabitants of the new fettlements.

The utility of fuch a work, if judiciously conducted, must be obvious to every well-wifher to the caufe of religion and morality.The Editors therefore flatter themfelves, that the public will patronize a defign whofe object is to convey religious knowledge; to promote experimental piety and that practical godlinefs and true morality which are fo immediately conducive not only to the happiness of individuals, but to the welfare of fociety at large; to evince the pernicious tendency of modern irreligion; and to raise an annual fum to gladden the hearts of our brethren in the wildernefs with the preaching of the gospel and the administration of Chriftian ordinances, and to fpread the favor of the Redeemer's name among thofe who are perishing for lack of knowledge.

The Editors are induced to hope that their brethren in the miniftry, and other literary characters, in this and the adjoining ftates, will forward the above defign by communicating original pieces.

Hartford, April 9th, 1800.

CONDITIONS OF PUBLICATION.

1. The Magazine will be published monthly to be printed with a new type and on paper fimilar to that on which these propofals are iffued.

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2. Each number will contain at leaft 40 pages; the price to fubfcribers twelve cents and a half, to non-fubfcribers fourteen cents. At the end of every year an index to the preceding twelve numbers will be given gratis. 4. Payment to be made on delivery of the books; but if any perfon of known ability will become responsible for 12 or more copies, three months time will be given him to collect the money and make payment; the evidence of which refponfibility must be the person's acknowledging it by writing on the bill returned.

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Thofe who receive subscripthem to Meffrs. Hudfon & Goodtion papers are requested to return win, the intended publishers. Subfcribers out of the ftate are requested to direct where their Magazines fhall be fent to fome principal town, either by water or the flages.

THE usefulness of periodical religious publications hath been long experienced, in the Chriftian particu-churches of Europe. That fo

N. B. As the profits of this work are to be appropriated to charitable purposes, it is particularly requested that all communications may come post free, addreffed to the Editors, to the care of Meffrs. Hudson & Goodwin.

few attempts, of this kind, have been made in the American church hath arifen, neither from a deficiency of zeal and abilities, nor

from a want of valuable matter in this country to form a monthly publication, which would be interefting to pious minds.

The religious as well as civil policy of this country, before the independence of the United States, drew all important communications to a central point across the Atlantic; and a confiderable period of time was neceffary to change the current of intercourfe, and bring the churches and clergy of the different ftates, to that mutual and extenfive acquaintance, whereby proper matter for an Evangelical Magazine, may be regularly furnished. This difficulty is continually becoming lefs, by a free and friendly intercourfe between the northern and fouthern churches.

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have been seen by the king of Zion, and he appears, in many ways, to be raising a standard against his enemies while they attempt to come in like a flood. He hath arifen and come forth from his place, and is bathing the fword of his juftice in the blood of those who have most openly denied him, or idolatroufly departed from the purity of the gofpel. He hath given them up to hardnefs of heart and blindnefs of mind, and, by the rage of their own paffions, mutually to execute on themselves the vengeance of an injured Lord.-In all this the enemies of pure religion mean not fo, neither do they think fo, but it is in their heart to deftroy the faith of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and bring his people every where to fhame.

While there appears, in multitudes, this fixed oppofition to the cause of Chrift, it is very manifest that his true friends are more animated and perfevering than former

There is alfo in the public mind a growing confidence in the abilities of American writers and divines to equal their European brethren in evangelical difcuffion. It is become more eafy to make a collection of fuch facts in the divinely; and, perhaps, there are no government of the church and in the experience of pious people, as will inftruct the understanding and warm the heart.

better means for increafing the flame of Chriftian love ftill higher, than fuch a periodical hiftory of the ftate of religion, in our own churches, and through the world as will be attempted in this work. It is a natural means, for warning the hearts of Chriftians; to see the love of their brethren in the cause of Chrift, and their humble zeal for the falvation of fouls. It is hoped that, by thefe endeavours, the fervor and communional zeal of Chriftian piety may be increaf

The wonderful spirit of religious miflions to heathen people, and to our new and scattered fettlements on the borders of the wilderness, which, within five years, hath awoke both in Europe and America, furnishes much new and interefting matter. This fpirit of love, to our diftant and perifhing fellow men, appears to have been the means of exciting a greater de-ed-that the miffionary interefts, gree of brotherly love and more fer- among new and fcattered fettlevent communion among thofe, who ments of thofe born from Chrif have long believed and rejoiced in tian parents, and among the Heaour common Lord. then, may be promoted-and that a monthly hiftory of the American church and of the victories of divine grace in this land, may increafe the love and comfort of our

The abounding corruption of the prefent age in fentiment and practice, and the united efforts of thofe who hate pure Chriftianity,

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