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CALCUTTA CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.
No. 1.-January, 1833.
1.-Preliminary Observations. The commencement of another year having ushered in the first number of the second volume of the CALCUTTA CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, a few cursory remarks, by way of preface, may not be deemed out of place.
Our general design we have already endeavoured to unfold, as well as the principles proposed for our guidance in the execution of the design. Without, therefore, recapitulating former statements, we may at once announce, that in neither the projected design nor the regulating principles has any change occurred. To both we maintain an unalterable adherence. And if we have in any measure fallen short of our original intentions, the deficiency must be ascribed to the characteristic weakness of humanity.
In addition to the original matter supplied by the regular supporters of the work, our pages have become the vehicle of able communications from various correspondents. By this means, much information has been elicited, calculated not less to interest than to suggest profitable reflection ; but much more, rather infinitely more, yet remains to be done.
The field thrown open to the researches of the pious and the learned, is of an extent, not soon to be compassed, and possesses hidden measures that may well be pronounced inexhaustible. In fact, the chief difficulty seems to be “ how and where to select,” when the choice of topics is so multifarious.
One thing we would again strongly urge upon our contributors to keep in mind, is the propriety of making their discussions and speculations bear as frequently and as directly as possible, on the existing state of things, spiritual and physical, on the continent of Asia, and more particularly in British India. That this object has never been lost sight of, all our past numbers will abundantly testify. In the great majority of the articles a special reference has been preserved to surrounding objects and events. And our readers cannot but feel grateful to those correspondents who have so largely contributed to their entertainment and instruction.
It is not to be expected, that in regard to all of these contributions the satisfaction can be universal or unmingled. In a condition of society on which imperfection is stamped as one of its distinguishing signatures, such expectations were unreasonable. But in every instance, it is to be hoped that a judgment shall be formed not at variance with common justice. And though we should be sorry ever and anon to be obtrusive in assuming the character of eulogists, even where eulogy might not be misplaced—we should stand self-condemned if we did not step forth as apologists in every case where severity of censure cannot well be justified. An instance of this description may be found in the Journals of the Rev. J. Wolff. These Journals we long since characterized as rare, curious, and interesting. We still abide by our opinion, and feel assured that many, whose talents and acquirements must be allowed to raise their sentiments above contempt, are ready to join with us.
Never for a single moment was it to be supposed that we responded“ Amen” to all the views and speculations of the Jewish Missionary : nor could it be expected that we should vindicate the perpetual propriety of the language employed. The language is occasionally coarse : respecting the accuracy of some of the etymologies we have our doubts : on the probability of miraculous powers being restored to the Church of Christ, we have not data sufficient to form a determinate conclusion : and of all the calculations which we have seen relative to the commencement of the Millenial reign, we are disposed to reckon those of Mr. Wolff, Mr. Irving, and their followers, the least satisfactory. But what of all this? Are we on such subjects to crush all inquiry that may not quadrate with preconceived opinions ? Are we to denounce every attempt on the part of thoughtful and ingenious men to solve curious and interesting questions, whenever the solution offered may not meet with general approbation ? If so, what sentence are we to pass on the many systems and theories that have always been formed in the infancy of every distinct branch of literary and scientific research? These may be imperfect, they may be in a great measure illusory :--but what of that? Have 'they not served some valuable purpose ? If they exhibit not the finished products of intellect, matured by individual and collected experience —do they not often display the strugglings of noble minds striving to burst through the mass of accumulated prejudice? If they cannot be extolled as fresh accessions to the bright roll of truth, which are unchangeable in their features-may they not be hailed as proving how uncongenial with the nature of lofty spirits, it must be to float on the ocean of universal uncertainty ? If they do not contain all that is sound in principle and legitimate in inference—may they .not have elicited a knowledge of some things previously undiscovered, and suggested some trains of thought that tended to lead to the