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WHEN we look around upon our country and behold it enjoying peace, favored with general health, blessed with fruitful seasons, and increasing in population, wealth, and the multiplied advantages of civil society, we cannot but admire the wonderful exuberance, with which Providence has showered down its benefits upon this new world. If we look further, and contemplate the privileges of the Gospel, which are so extensively within the reach of those, who are disposed to value them; if we call to mind, that the pure word of hise is preached every Sabbath to a vast number of congregations, scattered more or less thickly throughout our land; and if we consider what an open and inviting field for Christian beneficence lies before those, who have made a Christian profession, we cannot help exclaiming: “God has not dealt so with any nation.” To these inestimable privileges may be added, the kind tokens of the divine presence, which are witnessed in the revivals of religion, so happily experienced of late years. Nothing can be plainer, than that the abundant display of God's bounty to the people of the United States should be accompanied and followed by correspondent feelings and actions on their part. To what noble purposes, them,--to what grand and extended operations of benevolence, should the minds of Christians be directed. How should their hearts glow with an ardent and unceasing desire to fulfil the high duties to which they are called. How constantly should their eyes be elevated to behold the glories of Mount Sion; and how unremittingly should their efforts tend to the triumph of the Prince of peace, and the final overthrow of the reign of darkness and sin. But why, it may be asked, are these reflections introduced on this occasion? What connexion have they with the preface of a book? We answer, that if the Panoplist has any merit, it consists in the aid which our pages impart to the various plans of Christian benevolence now in operation. The noblest aim to which it aspires, is that of being an auxiliary in the great cause, which now unites the hearts and hands of so many active and pious men throughout the world. In regard to our own country, it ought to be considered, that now is emphatically the time for exertion. Never was there greater encouragement to beneficence; never was there more powerful stimulus to activity; never was it more criminal to loiter away precious opportunities. On the impulse, which shall be given by the present generation, depends the character of immense multitudes, in our own country and elsewhere, through succeeding ages. Were the whole Christian community awake and alive to this vast concern, the conversation of the domestic circle, the prayers of associated Christians, and the instructions of the pulpit, would be much more influenced by it than they actually are. If our churches, and all persons, who profess a friendly regard to the cause of Christ, were to put forth their utmost exertions to save a sinking world, as they would do to save themselves from shipwreck, their friends from a pestilence, or a populous city from a general conflagration, the consequences would be inconceivably joyful and glorious. With a divine blessing on such exertions, the spires of spacious churches would soon be seen on the banks of the Ohio and the Mississippi; school-houses would be erected in every neighborhood of settlers in the wilderness; and well endowed colleges, consecrated to the service of the church, would diffuse a powerful and salutary influence over wealthy and populous districts. The Sabbath would soon be universally observed anong us; the Gospel would be preached in every part of the heathen world; and, if we may judge from the past experience of the faithful, many, who are now groping in pagan darkness, would become the children of light, and would associate together as worthy and beloved disciples of their great Redeemer. That the Panoplist may in some measure conduce to so blessed a consummation, is our earnest prayer and shall be our constant endeavor. Boston, December 31, 1817.


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thoughts on, 48
Atheists, on the existence of, ib.
Austin, Capt. Erastus, death of, 95

Backus, Rev. Azel, D. D. obituary no-
tice of,

Bancroft, Rev Dr. review of his ser-
mon on the Sabbath,

- his exposition of the fourth


-remarks on this exposition,

--his argument against coufer-



ences, 128
Banks, Rev. Daniel C., mission of, 134
Baptist missionaries, sailing of, 573

Bardwell, Rev. Horatio, arrival of at
Bombay, 334
Barnet, Wor attention to religion in, 94.
Batticotta, missionary station at, 5
Bernard, Rev. James, extract from his
writings on the subject of the Trin-
Bible News, remarks on,
Bible, reasons for translating and print-
ing it at Bombay, 141
Bible Society, British and Foreign,
speeches at the 13th anniversary of, 481
Board of Commissioners of the Society
in Scotland, officers of, 334
Bombay. [See Mmerican missionaries.]
-and Boston, comparative tem-

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perature of, 392
-—history of the mission at, 459
Boodh, priests of, their creed, 425
Boodhist priest abandons his religion, 382
baptism of a, 477
Boston Cent Society, 179
Boston Female Tract Society, 529

Boston Society for the instruction of
the poor, 502
Boynton, Abel, Esq. obituary notice of, 186
Brandon, Ver, revival of religion at, 336
Brownrigg, Sir Robert, Governor of
Ceylon, letter from to the Rev. Dr.
his kind treatment of the
American missionaries,
Buchanan, J. Esq. British consul,
speech of, at the meeting of the
American Bible Society, 170
Bulkley, Miss Charlotte, obituary no-
tice of,
Burpee, Dea. Nathaniel, death of,


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Abstract of the laws of Massachusetts
relating to the observance of the Sab-

bath, 303
—of Connecticut on the same
subject, 363

—of Vermont, on the same, 308

Acworth, N. H. revival of religion at,94,520

Address of the Editor to the public, at
the commencement of a new year, 1.

Adjudication of premiums, 576

Africa must ultimately be instructed by
her own sons,

Africans, theological seminary for, 28
, address of the Board of Direc-
tors of the seminary, ib.

Agony of our Savior, questions concern-

ing, 114
—question discussed and
answered, , 393 .
Allegory on intemperance, 207
American Aborigines, character of, 368
mission to, 508

—Bible Society, first anniversary of 237
——pecuniary accounts of, 378
—first annual report of, 375
American Board of Commissioners for
Foreign Missions, donations to. [See
—eighth annual meeting of, 457
–officers of, ið.
—doings of, 458
pecuniary accounts of, 467
American Christians, duties of, in refer-
ence to the benighted regions of the
earth, - 4,19,29
American mission at Bombay, journal
3. 227,322,407,526,558
American missionaries at Bombay, let.
ters from, 173,227,334,388
- -Ceylon, letters from, 175
American Society for educating pious
youth, annual meeting and officers of, 3%
-receipts and expenditures of, ib.
-extracts from annual re-
port of, 90
—address of, 359
Aonerican Society for evangelizing the
Jews, organization of,
Anthropomorphites, allusion to, 105
Apostles, on the mistakes of the, 449
Ardent spirits,intemperate use of, enor-
mously expensive, 321

Arian hypothesis, statement of, 104
Arminianism, the covert manner in
which it maakes its way, 132


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to:- 487 Leaf inst tinni, exerimns it behalf wo, 45 Lunu-rioru: Arium ior, 453 Leso no outnusul Mi- 40 —lovior swum Esq. 15. -to- low it. C- i5. Holtrotout. Furt. i5. —lov to # -un to Lst- 18. –4 to re-tro- 15. —Wilune-ke. Samuel D.D. i5. ——ompu-to M 18. -—o-o-o-o-toun- :*. ––Liaodot. i-autoi, 238 Teon, utt A:larish- 498 Ivests to brier than Atheists, 340 Larvon... as used to Mr. Wareester, **artiro ai. 1so Derrow. Fort Natham B. 85 —his motor, as a missionary, 153 Devel». 1 in oe houses. 529 Luogue to disuling sports, 551

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*... reveauan, arguments in favor

Dor-e- prote, actual effett of o Provec late true to the exPeremote a gooramia-d haaie Per

**** —inferences from the illustration of, 49. -fundamertal in religion, 51 Donations to the American Heard of Commissioners for Foreign missmus. So,88 143,177, is 4,283,528.573,417.474,525,569 Drunkard the, a destrover, review ot, 31Dufour, Jean Jaques, letters free. 248,348 D-ght. Rev. 1 mothy, B. D. L.L.D.

otstuary notice ot, +3 review of Mr. Spring's oration on his death, 163 —description of his intellectual powers, 165 -—of his domestic and ministerix} character, 167

– of the system of theology which he delivered in the College chapel, 185 tribute up the memory of, 459

Fast-Haddam, moral society in, 262 Fictipses, Hindoo fable concerning, 410 Fositor's address to the public at the commencement of a new year, 1. Editorial remark, on the narratives of a converted Algerine, and a converted

negro, oo Filucation of heathen children, plan of, 32 Falucation, progress of, in Ohio, 183

Folwards, President, his first resolution, 404
Hildredge, Mrs. Elisabeth, obituary no-
tice of,
Election, the doctrine of, proved by un-
deniable facts,
Elephanta, island of, excavations in, 589
Errata, 96,392
Etow-ee council, deseription of the, 566
Examination at the Theological Semi-
nary in Andover, 557
Expenditures for missions, 28t
Pxposition of I)an. Kii, 5–7, 150

Facts, ap to, in reference to the ---marriages, description of, 561
actual effect of the doctrines of grace, 12 superstitions, 559
Fairfax, Wer. attention to religion in, 94 Hints to fellow-travellers to eternity, , 246
Familiar Sermons, No.I. 97 Holiness of saints, not the cause of their
No. II. 145 salvation, 494
No. III. 193 Homer, N. Y. revival of religion at, 39
N9. IV. 289 Honooree, a Sandwich islander, some
No. V. 337 notice of, 78:
No. VI. 441 Hopkins, Rev. Dr. of Salem, observa-
No. VII. 489 vation of,

Fire engines and pumps, improvement
in 533

fini, Rev. Timothy, his services as a
missionary, 135

Foreign Mission School at Cornwall,
Con. constitution of,

progress of, 510

report of the agents of, 515

Fourth commandment, Dr. Bancroft’s

exposition of, 121 Funds of the A. B. C. F. M. necessary that they should be augmented, 513 Funerals, evil of making them expensive, - 309 Gallaudet, Mr. T. H. his exertions for the deaf and duinb, 45,434

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sionary to the A. B. C. F. M. 512

extracts of a letter from, 568 Huntington, Rev. Joshua, review of his

memoirs of Mrs. Waters, 219

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Gallitzin, Prince, speech of before the
Russian Bible Society, 435
Gambould, Rev. Mr. a Moravian mis-
sionary, 565
General Association of Massachusetts,
annual meeting of, 411
dress of, to the churches
in their connexion, 412
Giddings, Rev. Salmon, his services as
o *:::::: 135
Good Friday, how observed by the Cath-
olics at Bombay, 371
by the Catholics at Ceylon, 383
Good works, essential to true religion, 244
in what manner Christians are
able to perform them, 441
Grace, doctrines of actual effect of the, 8
—inferences from the illus-

tration of, 49 Graves, Rev. Allen, leaves this country

as a missionary, 483 Gunputtee, a Hindoo deity, 472 Hall, Rev. Gordon, missionary labors

of, 35,227 —letter from to the Rev. Dr.

Morse 388

Hall and Newell, Rev. Messrs. letters
from, 138,173,174,334
--—journal of, 322,371,407,470
Halsey, Rev. Herman, his labors as a
missionary, 134
Hardy, Aaron, obituary notice of, 42
Hartwick, N. Y. revival of religion at, 94
Harvey, Rev. Joseph, appointed prin-
cipal of the Foreign Mission S 81

Henry and his Bearer, review of, 500
Hicks, Mr. Charles R. a Cherokee
chief, 564
Hill, Rev. Oliver, mission of, 88
Hiudoos, brief character of, 37
Hindookurial, description of, at the in-
terment of a Gousavee,
-*-cellege at Calcatta, 235

loan of the Rev. Luther Wright,

——of the Rev. Caleb Knight, 531

——of the Rev. Stephen Bailey, 532

of the Rev. Joseph Treat, ib.

——of the Rev. Cliver Ayer, ið.

—of the Rev. Evans Beardsley, ib.

———of the Rev. John-8mith, 576
Intemperance, an allegory, 207
—expensive, and freely sup-
ported, 537
Intercourse of Christians with the
world, 352
Isaiah, chapter i, version of, 191

Janes, Jonathan, jun. obituary notice of, 44
Jews, supposed numbers of, 236
—society in Boston for Christianiz-
ing, -
Jewish children, their need of instruc-
tion, 372
Johnson, John, a native of Calcutta, in-
teresting account of, 517
Johnstone, Sir Alexander, his exertions
to abolish slavery in Ceylon,
letter of, to the Rev. Dr.
Worcester, ib.
- - to the American mis- .
alonaries, no.
to other missionaries in


to the special jury at Columbo, p Jury 326

-- his opinion of Jaffna as
a missionary field, 382,424

Jortin's opinion of missions, 532

Kamora, some account of, 80
** Rev. John, his exertions in favor
of the American Education Society, 95
Kingsbury, Rev. Ebenezer, mission of, 84
Kingsbury, Rev. Cyrus, his services for -
the missionary society of Connecticut, 135
--letters of, 384,568

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