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when uncommon zeal is displayed, and unusual means are employed, to sap the foundations of the faith once delivered to the saints, and to rob the Son of God of his glory; we deem it incumbent on those, who stand for the defence of the gospel, as effectually as possible to counteract that zeal, and expose and frustrate those means. As from this part of our duty, though certainly the most painful, we hope never to shrink; so our devout prayer is, that we may ever perform it with such a spirit and in such a manner, as shall entitle us to the continued liberal countenance and support of the christian public. Fully aware, however, that this department of our work, highly important as we deem it, cannot be equally interesting to all our readers; our care will be that it shall not engross too large a share of our attention. The edification, entertainment, and profit of many is the desire of our hearts; and to render the Panoplist and Missionary Magazine as extensively agreeable and useful as we can, shall be our unceasing study.
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The reader is requested to correct the following errors in the Review of Rees' Cyclopædia, viz. P. 132, and 133, for succession read succussion. P. 216, for ingenuous read ingenious. P. 370, for Dr. Boyle read Dr. Boyce. P. 371, for Sarbourne read Sorbonne. For Cyclopædia read Cyclopædia passim.
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Black, Dr. death of
Bacon, Lord, prayer of
Bible, history of copies and edi-
Biddle, John, account of
Bradford, William Esq.
Calvin, John, account of
84 Cambridge Platform, hints res-
Boston, new church in
Banks, account of
• Baptist Missionaries, letter from 236
• Bible Society, Philadelphia 377, 552 Christianity, its beneficent spirit 24
Blackburn Rev. Gideon, letters
Cary, Rev. Thomas, obituary of 334
Christ, see Divinity of Christ.
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Connecticut,revival of religion in 375 •
Controversy, religious on
Otaheite, information from
Paul, St. on the writings of
Pennsylvania, Evangelical Soci-
Prayer of Lord Bacon
Russia, Scots colony in
On the close of a
Refuge, Jewish cities of
Rowe, Mrs. Elizabeth, sketch of
Servitude in Prussia, abolished 329
School, the Protestant Dissen-
Scorn, profane, its malignant in-
Sculpture, for America