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the testimony of experience when I say, that in populous and extensive parishes a District Society, rightly organized, is to the Parochial Minister an auxiliary of inestimable worth. Where he once shrunk appalled and almost in despair from the overwhelming mass of vice and ignorance which encompassed him on every side, and 'with which no individual efforts could be competent to grapple, he may be now enabled, through the agency of District Visitors (who receive instructions from him and make reports to him) to pervade with a general superintendence the whole extent of his charge, yet at the same time to concentrate his energies on that portion of his work which cannot be delegated to another—the administration of the Sacraments, and the preaching of the Word, and the pastoral visitation of the sick and dying. In a word, were District Societies as universal in operation as they are scriptural in principle, we might approximate once again, to the bright example of the primitive saints; we might be assimilated to the perfect model of the Apostolic Church; we might realize a portion of that spirit which rested upon the Christian community in its first and best days, when not only “was there not among them any that lacked,” but “great grace was upon them all!”

To treat this subject as it ought to be treated, however, would not only exceed the bounds of a Preface, but overpass the limits of a volume. I shall, therefore, only add my prayer, that the Divine blessing may rest upon this

directing plans, which have God for their object, and the eternal welfare of his people for their end: seizin; every opportunity of general and individual good, correcting mischiefs at their first rising, providing for the spiritual wants of every different age and class, and thus striving, as far as may be allowed, to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

-BISHOP OF CHESTER,

humble but sincere attempt to promote the interests of Christian charity; and that the Committee may receive the best recompense of their unassuming but most useful labours in the approving suffrage of those excellent persons by whom they can be best appreciated; those whose principle it is, “ to walk in love, as Christ also hath loved them;" whose practice,“ to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep themselves unspotted from the world.”

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Thy will be done

103 Christian Influence .

Directions for Visiting the The Freeness of the Gospel . 176

Sick

105

Sunday Newspapers. 177

The Eleventh Hour

111 On the Obligation of the Rich

The Dying Navigator 113 to communicate to the Poor 178

Education and Crime 117 Advantage of District Visit-

118

On Death-Bed Repentance

ing

179

Cases of Destitution.

181

Necessity of Caution in Dis-

trict Visitors

121 Suicide prevented

183

The Sunday Scholar 123 The duty of every Christian

On the Observance of the

in his own sphere.

184

Sabbath.

128 The Alarmed Sinner

Grace Bennet, the Blind The Blessings resulting from

Pauper

130 the free ciroulation of the

Bible.

198

Religious Education

133

The Bible a Treasure to the

The Drunkard reclaimed by

200

Nation and to Families

135

reading a Tract

George III. and the Dying

“ Let not thy left hand know

Gipsy.

136

what thy right hand doeth” 292

The Lord's Supper

203

The Religious Innkeeper. . 139

204

The Self-Murderer .

The Poacher and his Child

141

A Warning to Impenitent

Religion the Basis of Educa-

tion

209

Sinners

149

The Liturgy

150

The Obligation to Relieve the

Distresses of our Fellow-

Benefits of Family Prayer 150

creatures

211

The Countryman.

151 Historical Survey of Gipsies 212

Christian Heroism

151 On doing Good from Prin-

The Death of a Profligate 152 ciple

215

.218

“He went about doing good” 154 Rose H-

True and False Repose in

The American Lay-reader 224

Death

154 What it is to be a Christian , 235

Memoir of the Rev. Thomas

Marriage a Religious Ordi-

Gouge

159

236

The Poor Fisherman

162 Life and Death

243

The Fruits of Scriptural In- Parish or District Houses for

struction.

168

the Poor.

Neglect no opportunity of

Thc Southampton Gipsy Fes-

doing good .

169

tival

248

On Beneficence

170 On Provident Funds with a

The Ostler at the Crown . 172 small Premium

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The General Utility of Dis- Anecdote of the late Rev.

trict Visiting

257 Richard Cecil

309

Religion everything 261 Doddridge's Rules for the di-

Family Prayer

262

rection of his Conduct . 310

Picture of Old Age without Conversion of a Sailor . 311

and with the Blessings of

Religion

264

Devauden Chapel

313

Scriptural Conversion exem- Reminiscence of the late

plified in the case of the Robert Raikes, Founder

Rev. Henry Venn

264 of Sunday Schools .. 314

Circumspection and Discre- On the National Neglect of

tion recommended in Dis-

God.

. 316

trict Visiting

266

“Thy will be Done" . 320

Seed sown by the Way-side. 272 The elevating effect of True

Faith imputed for Righteous- Religion

326

ness

275

A Minister's View of the

The Temporal Benefits which

Duty of District Visitors . 328

Christianity confers on

Families

. 277 Christian Charity

329

The Shepherd of Salisbury Light in Darkness

330

Plain.

. 279 The Benefits of Affliction. 341

The Burial Service. . 280 The Goodness of God

344

Numbered Sittings in the

The Prayerless Mother 347

Churches for the Poor 282

Recollections of a Departed

Morning Devotion

283

Child.

348

The Bible

284

The Stolen Climbing-boy. 354

The Widow, the Comforts

The Effects of Christianity on

of Religion amid Poverty

the Moral Condition of the

and Wretchedness

286

Poor

356

The Rev. Thomas Adam,

Old John

360

Rector of Wintringham 289

Rules for Domestic Happi-

On the effect of Example in

364

the Higher Walks of Life. 292

Memoir of a Faithful Servant 366

Practical Religion

. 295

The Farmer's Daughter

296

Beneficial Effects of District

Visiting Societies.

376

Mary Edith

301

Various Recollections . 377

On glorifying God in Public

Worship.

305 | Genuine Prayer .

383

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