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Conamur tenues grandia. Hoa.
To feed the Church of Ood, which he hath purchased with hi» own blood.
Acts, xx. 2$.
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At the close of the sixth year of our labours we feel particular pleasure in addressing our numerous readers on the bright prospect now opened before them. We anticipated this the last year, and. we rejoice that we have not been disappointed.
That the cause of vital religion js much on the increase in our 'Establishment, is a fact that is incontrovertible; and we sincerely hope that nothing may be permitted to arise among pious Churchmen to destroy the unity of the Spirit. We have been always happy in receiving communications from those who do not think exactly as we do; nor have we had occasion to reject more than one paper for its doctrinal tendency, though many have been-withheld as leading to unprofitable disputation. It has been our endeavour to recommend the formularies of our Church, to show their spirituality, and to explain their meaning: we therefore claim the warm support of our Brethren in the Ministry.
Sympathizing with the Moravians, we have excited the benevolent
attention of our readers in their behalf; and we have been happy
in recording the liberality of a British Public towards those patient
servants of Christ, whose work of faith and labour of love will
■ not be forgotten by their Master.
The Church Missionary Society has gained considerable accessions to its pecuniary resources in the course of this year; and its prospects of usefulness were never so cheering. To record the progress and success of this Society will always form a part of our plan: at the same time we shall gladly insert Missionary Intelligence from any other quarter.
To our numerous Correspqndenls we return otlr best thanks, hot Only for the valuable communications alrfeady inserted, but for the Supply we have in hand, which enables us to promise our readers aii increased variety of useful and interesting articles. We earnestly solicit a continuance of their support. May we, without dictating to our Brethren, request them to transmit to us more Obituaries f— These are always read with interest.
We have endeavoured to prove ourselves " The Poor Man's Friend," not only m that portion written more immediately for hjs instruction, but in the general tendency of our little worki
Our Youth's Remembrancer, We can promise, will possess additional Value in the next year, as we have in our possession some most admirable papers, more immediately adapted to our juvenile readers.
By the advice of several of our friends we have been induced to suspend for the present the Reviewing of Books; instead of which we shall continue to igive'Short Characters of Religious Publications. This plan will enable «8 to notice a much greater number •<*f works: our opinions, not hastily but deliberately and impartially formed, will serve as a guide in .directing the judgment of our plain readers; and we shall have more room for the increasing mass of Missionary and Religious Intelligence.
It has afforded us heartfelt satisfaction to iiud that many of our judicious friends have considered our work to be improved i >and it shall be our endeavour to render it yet more interesting. We feel the responsibility we are under for the right conduct of it; and having no other object than the glory of God, and the promotion of his cause iftpqn earth, wie>c9«wait it to tH|s protection who oau/btefs the weakfiirtinsttttme.nt to thejpronao&otirof lnsow»i«9iwe.
Decembir 1814. •, ,
EARL 0? ESSEX.
I Homas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, affords a striking instance of the mutability of human affairs: he was the son of a blacksmith at Putney, where he was born in the year 1498. From the confined circumstances of his father, he was deprived of the advantages resulting from a liberal education; but, being endowed with an uncommonly strong natural genius, he regarded travelling as the proper means of improving his understanding: in fact, it was the experience which he had acquired in the course of his travels through the chief countries of Europe, that raised him to the elevated situation which he afterwards occupied. By degrees, he became the confidential favourite and prime minister of Henry VIII. and had the earldom of Essex conferred upon him. Being zealous in promoting the Reformation, he availed himself of all his power and influence to remove error from the minds of his countrymen; a measure which irritated the Catholics against him, to such a degree, as ultimately caused his ruin: he was attainted of heresy, convicted unheard, and condemned to be beheaded.
On his arrival at the scaffold on Tower Hill, he kneeled down, and uttered the following prayer with great fervour;—" 0 Lord Jesus, who art the only health of all men living, and the everlasting life of
Christ. Guard. Vol. VI.
them who die in thee; I, a wretched sinner, do submit myself wholly to thy blessed will; and, being sure that that thing cannot perish, which is committed to thy mercy. willingly now do I leave this frail and wicked flesh, in. sure hope that thou wilt in better wise restore it tome again at the last day, in the resurrection of the just. I beseech thee, most merciful Lord Jesus Christ, that thou wilt, by Jhy grace, make strong my foul against all temptations, and defend me with the buckler of thy mercy against all the assaults of the devil. I see, and know, that there is in myself no hope of salvation; but all my confidence, hope, and trust, are in thy most merciful goodness. I have, no merits or good works that I may allege before thee. Of sins and evil works, alas! I see a great heap. Bift yet, through thy mercy, / trust to be in the number of them to whom thou wilt not impute their tins, but wilt take and accept me for righteous and just, and make me an inheritor of thy everlasting kingdom. Thou, merciful Lord, wert born for my sake, didst suffer hunger and thirst for my sake, didst fast and pray for my sake; all thy holy actions and works, thou wroughtest for my sake; thou sufferedst most grievous pains and torments for my sake; finally, thou gavest thy roost precious blood to be shed upon the cross, for my sake. Now, most merciful