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In closing the labours of another year, it may be proper to look back through the path we have travelled, and to cast our eyes around us, over that great theatre on which man has been moving and acting. The year 1847 has been one of considerable moment in the line of history. Looking at that which, as Englishmen, most concerns us, we see on every hand not a little to excite gratitude for the past, with much to awaken solicitude for the future. At the close of 1846 all in the horizon of Britain was dark and menacing. The horrors of famine heavily impended over the three kingdoms. The skill of man was so baffled in its attempts to descry the hidden cause, and to explain the calamity on natural principles, that it assumed in the minds of most the aspect of a national judgment. Such was the magnitude of the evil that the

power of Empire to do more than slenderly to mitigate the affliction of millions was humblingly demonstrated. It was soon discovered that the wealth of one nation, and that the richest on the face of the earth, might speedily be exhausted, not in feeding to the full, but in supplying the slender pittance essential to preserve life to the people of another. Imperial bounty may boast its achievements in dealing with local distress, confined to hundreds or to thousands; but when the claimants become a nation, comprising millions, its impotence is quickly felt, and its insignificance surely demonstrated. In this way we are taught more justly to appreciate the magnificence of the bounty of Him who openeth his hand liberally, supplying the wants of every living thing, giving rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling the hearts of men with food and gladness.

But this is not the only lesson which has been taught to observant men by Ireland's misery, which supplied the means of testing the principles and illustrating the character, both of classes and of countries. Now that the season of excitement and the day of danger is past, and the events themselves removed to a considerable distance, the sphere of moral vision is cleared up, and the powers of right reason have room to operate. Looking back, then, to the day when the jaws of Famine threatened to devour millions of the Papal Irish, how did the Papal Nations of Continental Europe act towards them? How short the tale of their sympathy! By those Nations, notwithstanding religious affinity and territorial vicinage, for aught that was done, or attempted to be done, four or five millions of the Irish might have been swept into eternity!

But how did matters stand with respect to Great Britain ? Where were the mass of her nobles and of the proprietors of her broad acres on that day? How insignificant the space required to record their deeds on the roll of benevolence! And what is to be recorded of the Church which claims them, and which may be said to exist very mainly for them ? Short, likewise, is the record of her deeds. ter, then, shall we direct our eyes for exhibitions of spontaneous humanity,—costing more than sighs and tears, and finding its meet expression in substantial viands and solid gold ? For these we shall look, nor look in vain, among the divers bodies of British Dissenters. Amongst these, whatever may be said of the discretion of the

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deed, there was a display of patriotic benevolence and Christian humanity to which the world's history supplies few parallels. Yes; it is impossible for the historian of Nonconformity, during the year 1847, to view with feelings other than those of grateful exultation the magnanimous deeds of his people. Pity it is, alas! that the deeds have not, on the whole, had a worthier object, and have not been answered by a more meet return.

Of senatorial beneficence we have made no mention, forasmuch as Parliamentary bounty is cheap, costing little to those who bestow it, and, in the end, generally producing little to those who receive it. But leaving the senate we cross the ocean. Whatever the apathy of England's Church and England's Nobles, and of the Papal Nations of the Continent, Ireland's neighbours, her woe excited in the generous bosoms of multitudes, the descendants of Britons, beyond the Atlantic, emotions of benevolence, redounding to the honour of American humanity, and expressing itself in deeds of imperial magnitude. Such deeds as those done by men of the New World tend to soothe the spirit of the philanthropist, while he surveys the widespread affliction and beholds the cruel selfishness of a distracted world.

But last, and worst, and most humiliating are the lessons supplied by Ireland herself. Earth presents no spot on which human nature exhibits so little that is lovely with so much that is repulsive, disgusting, and alarming. In Ireland everything is wrong; there is no health in the Nation. The blood of the body, politic and social, is so corrupt, that the slightest scratch becomes a gangrene, threatening mortification and death. The seat of the dread malady lies deep in Irish nature, and seems beyond the reach of human hands. Nothing but the gospel can cure it; but for that gospel it is probable the way must be prepared by afflictions and judgments, the mere report of which will make the ears of men to tingle. Ireland is, beyond all other nations on our globe, the realm of discord, where insubordination, folly, madness, and murder keep perpetual holiday. The time is come when both the Christians and Statesmen of Britain, each in their own way, must betake themselves to the consideration of the subject of Irish maladies and their proper remedies in a spirit which befits the occasion. These things must they do, or continue to be themselves the subjects of an endless torment from that source, and become, perhaps, through Ireland's means, at length undone! In the course of the ensuing year we hope to contribute our full share to this religious and patriotic undertaking.

Cordially thanking our friends for all their kindness and favour through another year, and once more casting ourselves on their indulgence and the promise that faileth not, we remain, their grateful and devoted friends and servants,

J. C.

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The Improvement of Life

1 The Short Candle


Growth in Grace

4 Power of Personal Holiness

Revival of God's Work

8 Forgiveness

An Advertisement

11 The Sabbath

Whose Livery is Yours ?

12 The Duty of Conversion

There's Rest at Home

13 The Work of the Spirit in Conversion 316

The Progress of Jesus

14 Mind, Means, and Expostulation considered

Barnabas at Antioch

49 in relation to Conversion


Causes of Declension in Christian Churches

Practical Reflections concerning Conversion 323

53, 108, 158 Questions for Self-Examination


On Christians frequenting Places of Public Rest for the Heavy Laden


60 Death-bed Instruction


Need of Antagonistic Principles

61 Whose Servant are You?


Abiding in Christ

97 The Burning Brand

Blessed be thy Name

99 Power of Patience


Christ's Appearances before and after his Biblical Illustration

361, 410, 463


100 Thoughts on the War of Messiah


Prosperity and Adversity

The Great Business of Human Life


Salvation for Infants

103 Christ's Appearances before and after his

Domestic Duties




The Rent Vail

Revival of Religion


How to Live on Christ

Influence of the Cross on Conversion

Ejaculatory Prayer

149 Promise of the Spirit


Belief on Christ

151 “Is there not a Cause ?”

Religious Conversation

152 Duty of People to Pastors


“All are Yours”

153 Prayerfulness of Primitive Christians


Weep Not”

Help your Pastor


"God shall wipe away all Tears"

154 The Possession that all Need

The Helmet of Salvation

193 Quench not the Spirit


Causes, Consequences, and Remedy of Secret Prayer made Pleasant



195 Pray without Ceasing


Brotherly Love

198 The Wings of Prayer



200 Christ our Example as a Witness for the

Hints to a Person about to Join a Church 200 Truth


Look Well to your Prayers


The Last Prayer


Neglect of the Closet

Dangers of Delay



202 What think you of Death ?

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Christ's Obedience

241 Thoughts on Public Worship

Dr. Alexander's Conversion

243 The Destruction of Jerusalem


Two Death-bed Scenes

245 An Affectionate Spirit

Glory and Power of Light

246 Principle and System

Why are not Prayer-meetings more Inter-

Harvest Rejoicings


esting and Profitable ?

247 Traces and Indications of the Sabbath in

Power and Blessedness of Prayer

249 the Institutions and Observances of the

“I am a Debtor"

250 Ancient World


Closet Meditations

250 The Monetary Crisis .


Homely Hints for Ministers


Affectionate Hints

Names of Satan in the Bible

Questions for Daily Self-Examination 558

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Lessons by the Way ; or, Things to Think On.

Suggestions addressed to a Good Man“who

Observance of the Sabbath in Baxter's

cannot Meditate"

15 Youth


No Work, no Reward
16 Submission to the Divine Will

Praying with all Prayer
16 Intellectual Pleasure



16 The Carnal Mind

A Child's Idea of Sin

16 The Giant on the Ark

Treasure in Heaven.

16 The Use of a Trifie


"Paid the Debt of Nature"

16 Vindicate Slandered Worth

Preaching to Self

16 Sin the Bane of Happiness

Annual Card of St. Paul's Independent

Cowper the Poet

Chapel, Standishgate, Wigan

61 Worship of the English



62 The Dying Girl and the Tract


Encouragements to Prayer

63 Cruelty of the Heathen
Motives to Fervent Prayer

The Two Physicians .

Rural Recreation
105 An Occupation that commands Respect

106 Power of the Scriptures


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A Portrait
Married Life
Rules for Domestic Happiness
Pastoral Visits.
The Minister's Error .

A New Way of Playing Cards

The Colporteur and the Whisky Barrel
The Best Policy
The True Star
Where is Safety ?
The Old Pensioner
Erring Brother .
Beautiful Sentiment

The Car of Juggernaut

A Criterion of Prosperity
Idle Daughters .

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The Tempter
Fear and Sloth .

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Neatness and Order
A Countryman and an Infidel

Home Questions

The Best Sermon
Answer to a Question

Extracts from Lowthian's Narrative of a
Recent Visit to Jerusalem

202, 253
Market Words

Small Evils in their Consequences
A Prayer prescribed for Paupers
Baxter and his Congregation

“In all our afflictions He is afflicted

The First and Second Covenants
The Upright in Heart

The Holy Land

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He gave me a Book”
Roses and Tulips
The Tavern Sermon
Connubial Bliss
Prosperity and Adversity
A Word to the Wise
Useful Life
Joyful Death

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“I will fear no Evil ”

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Christ All in All :


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Colonial Missionary Society

17, 161

Wesleyan Methodism. 19, 114, 170, 226, 260,

340, 373, 467, 566

The Fathers of the Christian Church

Evils in Churches

A Chapter of Varieties


Deferred Annuity Fund for Aged Ministers 72

Provident Societies


Comic and Light Literature

Sabbath Services
A Day of Humiliation
On the Communion of Churches

The Number Seven
On Dancing, Concerts, &c.

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The Philosophy of Sympathy:
“ Orators of the Age”

Christian Mutual Provident Society 169, 385
Whitfield's Churches :

Mr. Frederick Douglass and Slavery.
Facts for the Friends of Missions


More Facts for the Friends of Missions

Example of Right Thinking, to the Friends

of Missions


A Hint on Extravagance, to Missionary


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