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THE

CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR,

CONDUCTED

BY AX ASSOCIATION OF GENTLEMEN.

FOR THE YEAR

1819.

VOLUME I.

NEW-HAVEN:
PUBLISHED BY HOWE & SPALDING)

S. CONVERSE, PRINTER

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IT has been the misfortune of our country, that the efforts made to establish, and conduct periodical publications, especially those of a religious character, have been divided. These publications have, therefore, received but à partial support, have been of circumscribed usefulness, and of short continuance.

To avoid these evils, an attempt will now be made to attain a concentration of labours. A method in which it is supposed this object may be effected, is to allow a compensation to those who contribute to the pages of the proposed work. To make such compensation, is not only necessary, but just. Those who will thus labour for the public good are not rich, and will need the reward to which they are entitled.

It is with pleasure we inform those, who might otherwise fear that the proposed work will languish, for want of able, and pious writers, that such men have pledged themselves to its

support; their time and talents will be devoted to the promotion of its interests, and while original communications will be made by those who are not thus pledged, it is not upon a precarious foundation, that this publication will rest.

The call of Christians for the work in question, has been loud and constant. It is true indeed, and it is a truth, for which we devoutly thank God, that the external conflict of the church is at an end. After a struggle for twenty years, the battle with infidelity has been won, and few men can be found, who deny the truth of the christian system. All, however, do not receive the truth in the love of it. The church is called to an internal conflict. Its attention must be directed to the dangers which now threaten it. It must be cautioncd against an abandonment of the faith once delivered to the saints; and must be taught to guard against an amalgamation with the world. Let it be remembered, also, that in a day when uncommon cxertions are made to diffuse 'religious knowledge, when many are, in the language of the scriptures, running to and fro, it is peculiarly important that the doctrines taught should indeed, be divine ;-triat error should not be propagated by charity. It shall therefore, be the high object of the proposed work, to inculcate truth. It is hoped that this object will be steadily pursued, with a due sense of obligation to Almighty God, and with a true regard to the souls of men. The doctrines inculcated will be those which are termed « the doctrines of grace,” and which have ever prevailed in the great body of the Congregational and Presbyterian churches. In the statement of controverted doctrines, errors must of course be noticed. We shall attempt to point them out with precision, but in the spirit of christian meekness.

One object of the proposed work, will be to second efforts for the propagation of the Gospel; to inform christians of missionary operations, in every part of the earth ; and to animate them to exertion, in the cause of their Lord and Master.

As we have Bible Societies, claiming patronage, and defence, it will be an object of the publication to subserve their interests,

The literature of a country influences religious sentiment. As publications are daily issuing from the press, which require commendation or censure, we shall be attentive to their character,

Such, in short, are the objects of the work, the reasons for establishing it, and for believing that it will not languish. We cannot but hope, that those who wish well to the literature of their country, that christians, and especially christian ministers, will give their aid to extend its circulation; and we ask their prayers for Divine favour to crown with success, this attempt to promote the cause of truth.

Communications for the work are respectfully solicited. For such communications as are inserted, a compensation will be made. It is expected that alterations, if necessary, will be permitted in such communications. The unity of the work will require them. It is desirable, also, that the standard of taste should be elevated, rather than depressed, by the work in question, Wewould also observe, that in a work comprising communications from a great number of persons, and those too, of different shades of sentiment, it cannot be expected, that the conductors should be thought to adopt every sentiment of their correspondents. A proper latitude for discussion shall be allowed, but it is not designed to endanger the usefulness of the work by controversies ; or to permit the work to inculcate what we deem essential error.

We submit the following specification of the contents: I. Religious Communications. V. Notices of New Publications, II. Miscellaneous.

VI. Religious Intelligence. III. Review of Publications.

VII. Obituary. IV. Literary and Philosophical Intel

ligence,

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For the Christian Spectator. who imagine, that a character thus unSketches of the Character of Miss folding for usefulness in the present Julia A. Strong.

life, could need only a more perfect

developement of its amiable qualities, JULIA A. STRONG, youngest daugh- to secure the favor of God, and the fe ber of the Hon. Caleb Strong, late licity of heaven : that like the marble Governor of the Commonwealth of from the quarry, nothing but the hand Massachusetts, was born at North- of art was requisite, to draw forth its ampton on the first day of April, one latent beauties, in their fairest forms, thousand seven hundred and ninety and loveliest tints. To such persons it three. In her early years she was may be interesting to learn, that Miss distinguished from her young compan- Strong judged very differently of herions, by no other peculiarities, than self. At the age of sixteen, while rethose which mark the expansion of a siding at New-Haven, and under the decisive and vigorous mind. She was ministry of the late lamented Presinaturally cheerful, and inclined to ac- dent Dwight, she became deeply contive sports and employments ; quali- cerned respecting her character, and ties which were happily tempered by her prospects for eternity. As she modesty, sedateness, and a delicate searched into the recesses of her heart, sense of propriety. Having been ear- under the eye of her Judge, she be ly dedicated to God in baptism, she came daily more convinced, that' she was trained up from infancy to fear was by nature, “an enemy of God Him, and was steadily directed to His and a child of wrath, even as others." service, as the source of all real good. The amiable qualities, and external By the united influence of parental ex- morality, on which, perhaps, she had ample and instruction, she was early unconsciously relied, were now expostaught to cultivate the solid and valu- ed in their utter insufficiency. Her able, rather than the attractive and own feelings taught her, that an enimposing accomplishments of the in- tire renovation of soul-the comtellect and taste. To the formation of mencement of a new spiritual existence a tender and enlightened conscience, was necessary to the performance of a was added, in her education, a suc- single action, acceptable to God. Under cessful culture of the natural affections these alarming apprehensions of her and sympathies; which, destitute as condition, she was left to struggle for a they are of any claim to the character considerable time, in her own strength, of virtue, should still be cherished by and was thus daily taught more of every parent with watchful solicitude, her impotence and guilt; till by the for their influence in softening the subduing influence of the Holy Spirit, heart, and restraining the depravity of she was brought to cast herself unconour natnre.

ditionally, on the mercy of God. To There are, perhaps, in the circle of the period of serenity and hope, Miss Strong's acquaintance, those which followed this surrendry of her

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