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FOR THE YEAR 1824,
THE TWENTY-FOURTH VOLUME,
PRINTED BY ELLERTON AND HENDERSON,
Gough Square, Fleet Street,
PATERNOSTER ROW: AT OXFORD, BY PARKER: AT CAMBRIDGE, BY DEIGHTON,
TINOVOIIOUT TIL KINGDOM.
With devout gratitude to the Author of all mercies; we record, that
If we cast our eyes upon the state of our own country, we have much
Turning our attention abroad, and still confining it to affairs more immediately civil, yet in their future bearings closely connected with the moral and spiritual condition of the human race, we see in Greece the most hopeful progressive advances towards a state of public freedom, with all the blessings which follow in its train ; and throughout South America, with one exception, the attainment of that invaluable blessing; even the slave population being allowed to enjoy its advantages.
Returning homewards, and directing our view to those objects which most directly interest a Christian Observer, we perceive a steady progress in our great charitable and religious institutions, and the addition of lies
ones to their number. Among these we cannot refrain from particularising a Society formed during the year for the extensive establishment of Infant Schools ; a measure
advantages which we cannot now pause to enumerate, but which ought to be most strongly impressed upon the mind of every enlightened philanthropist. In our own church a spirit of scriptural piety is, we trust, greatly on the increase. Her outward pale has been strengthened during the year by the erection or opening of various new churches : may the accession of truly faithful pastors and spiritual worshippers to her ranks be proportioned to the nominal range of her jurisdiction !
Throughout the world, the powerful effects of the religious institutions which owe their origin to this highly favoured country, become every year more apparent. To adduce individual proofs, would be to recapitulate the substance of those delightful", memorials of Bible, Missionary, Educational, and other humane and charitable societies, which occupy so many pages of our miscellany. To these we must refer our readers in detail ; dceply grateful to the Author of every good gift, that our eyes have been permitted to behold things which prophets and righteous men desired to see, and did not see them, and that our ears have heard things which they wished to hear, but did not hear them." 18.01
But we must not close our eyes to less pleasing topics ; for neither abroad nor at home have the of improvement. The frequently the year been wholly on the side universal education grounded upon them, has met with widely extended opposition. We might here remind our readers of various circumstances, still fresh in their memory, which most painfully prove, how strong has been this spirit in our own Western colonies, as respects the oppressed classes of their community. We might turn to the ediet of the Grand Signor si to the fulminating bult of the new Pope ; and to the recent history of France, Spain, Ireland, and other Roman Catholic countries, in which the cause of the Bible, and of scriptural education has been discountenanced or condemned. We might proceed to specify other'un favourable symptomas . We might even turn to the high seat of legislation itself, and ask, why, in this age of improvement, so much is still suffered to remain unimproved? why, in this age of professed. liberality, is Why, when the physical comforts of the species and the olie care of the scriptural"piety, so often illiberally stigmatised as cant and hypoerisy'? life are studied with the most elaborate refinement, should the care of the immortal soul, the very recognition that men have souls to be cared for, and that even the despised outcast of Africa is heir to an immortal des tiny, be designated with the badge and brand of contempt ? Why, when we are munificently devoting a new offering of half a million of money in to build temples for the service of God, should bis Sabbaths be so negligently guarded, not to say profanely despised, that our towns and villages are desecrated by ordinary traffic on that day, while those who desire bledi wealth and wisdom of the nation, lest, the hostility of some nândul the indifference of others should aggravate the evil which it was intended to restrain?
Ver.1il 1880,60 ) --4)2611 But we forbeare-Life is at best but a chequered scene; we are not to expect unalloyed or uninterrupted good : it is much, if with great dabour and deep anxiety. something is added ta the mass of human piety and happiness; something subtracted from that of suffering and sin. It has ever been our anxious wish that our miscellany should beat its part, howa ever humbleši sin this great c
consummation, and we earnestly entreat the! prayers and kind assistance of our readers and valued friends and contespongents, that our endeavours may not be wholly in vain !