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parts locally uninteresting to us, before the American public, in a form that might be generally useful. May the blessing of Him who maketh truly rich, attend the undertaking, and render it productive of many permanently beneficial effects to every reader.
I have been somewhat at a loss to know which part of the Magazine to take hold of first; to select all that is excellent would be little short of taking the whole. I have finally commenced with the Evangelicana, a term recently adopted by the editor to include anecdotes, hints, and other detached papers; though I have by no means confined my selections to that department. From the nature of this work and the character of the original, which is above praise, it is hoped this little volume will prove a source of great entertainment to all who read it, and a peculiarly precious repast to the experimental followers of the Lamb. It has all the fascination and amusement of novelty and variety, while it communicates the most salutary and important instructions to the mind.
Some of the anecdotes and providential incidents, considered in themselves, may perhaps be thought not sufficiently meritorious to be publicly useful, but when viewed in connexion with the improvement which is made of such apparently trivial circumstances, there is not an article, it is believed, in the work, but will be found interesting to all who duly observe the providences of God, and love the Divine character and government. These events, however remarkable, are not related merely to gratify the curiosity, and excite the wonder and admiration of the reader; but are designed to shew the universal and constant care of our heavenly Father over his children, to set forth the unsearchable riches of his grace and compassion to the vilest of sinners, to comfort and encourage the excellent of the earth, to enlighten the ignorant, and reform the vicious.
In regard to arrangement, I have followed the order of the magazine generally. Several scraps of the muses are interspersed, though not systematically, I hope not incongruously, in various parts of the work. I am sensible some of these and several other articles might have been more happily located; but as the work professes to be only a miscellaneous compilation, a studied method has been purposely avoided.
The intrinsic merit of the following address to the Magazine soon after its first publication, although perhaps not exactly apposite, sufficiently apologizes for its application to the Gospel Treasury.
"Go, little book, without delay,
While hell with all its legions roar'd,
To save poor ruin'd man.
Go, little book, and do not shun
To Christ the sinner's friend;
How wide his arms extend.
To such as long his love to see,
Paul plants, Apollos waters, God giveth the increase. To Him be glory for ever.
Charlestown, April, 1809.
P.S. This volume will be found an amusing and profitable companion for travellers. The size is convenient for carriage. Price $1.
Two singular conversions, occasioned by a striking providence