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A tribute of hearty thanks is due, and is cheerfully rendered, to those obliging correspondents, who have kindly furnished a number of very estimable articles in the following volume. Scarcity enhances the value of what'ever is valuable in itself; and the editor feels himself the more indebted to his friendly coadjutors, because their number has been sinall. May he not hope that it will be much enlarged in the coming year! A miscellany ought to possess a variety, which cannot be fully furnished but by productions of literary talent much diversified in kind and character, yet each possessing its appropriate excellence. No individual can supply this variety. The sameness of Johnson's Rambler, as its author knew and acknowledged, was its great defect.
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INDEX TO. VOLUME II.
C. Altitude of the Sun, Instrument for tak- | Calvin and Servetus, 15. 67. ing, 42.
Chronometry, 40. Anecdotes of Newton, 75.
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, 41. 371. Atonement, Dr. Murdock's Discourse on, Correspondents, Notes to, 48. 96. Reviewed, 76. 119. 168.
Catechism, Lectures on. See Lectures. America, 48. 94. 143. 190. 240. 286. 334. || Compass, Mariner's, Improved, 87. 380, 431. 479. 527. 572.
Cultivation of the Grape at Vevay, 88. America, Extent and Population of, 41. Copley Medal, 132. Anecdotes, &c. 167.
Canada, Population of Lower, 132. Austria, 190.
Calcutta, 267. Anglo-Chinese College, 283.
Coleridge, 131. Asia, 286. 382. 431. 479. 527. 572.
Corporation for Relief of Widows, &c. 157. Africa, 286. 334. 383. 431. 479. 527. | Canton, Letter from, 141. 572.
Comet of 1823 & 1824, 180. Atonement, on the, 303. 445, 490. Colonization Society, 181. Album of Climbing Boys, 361.
Calligraphy, 181. Asylum for Insane, 272.
Coinage of Greece, 182. Albums, Contents of, 404.
Cowper's Epitaph on Johnson, 217. Astronomical Recreations, 468.
Copper on Ships, &c. 231. American Surgery, 514.
Cowper’s Correspondence, 223. 261. Air Pumps, 550.
Cultivation of Sugar, 266. Astronomical instrument improved, 561. Canal for Ships, 371. Arago's Evening Party, 561.
Collection of English Literature, 371. Ammonia in Plants, 561.
Coal-Mine of the Lehigh 371. Anatomy of the Walrus, 563.
Chinese Language, 272.
Copperplates, to preserve, 422.
Conduct, Rectitude of, 437.
Cottons, Domestick, 468. Britain, Great, 47. 191.
Caterpillars, Domestick Use of, 468, Births and Deaths in Philadelphia, 1823, || Cutbush's Pyrotechny, 514. 132.
Carey's Standing 4to. Bible, 515.
Calvin on the Atonement, 531.
Diligence, Ministerial, 9. Byron's Death, 317.
Discovery, Important, 23. Deaf and Dumb, 318.
David, Harp of, 24. Brownlee on John v. 7th, 353, 448, 495. Diversity of Language in Russia, 41. 543.
Delaware Canal, 41. Bower's Luther, reviewed, 363.
Dreadful Explosion, 42. Burmah,
Differences of Religious Denominations Barlow's Neutralizing Plate, 468.
in Families, 51. Beck's Lectures on Medical Jurispru- | Destruction of Moravian Settlement at Sadence, 469.
repta, 87. Bedsteads, Improved, 469.
Deaths in Philadelphia, 1823, 132. Brainerd's Congregation of Christian In- Deaf and Dumb, 132. dians, 485.
Deacon, The, 161, Buenos Ayres, Letter from, 520.
Dwight's Theology, 181, , Vol. II.- Ch. Adv.
• Deaths in Philadelphia, New York, Bal- | History of China, 181.
Hymn to the Messiah, 256,
Ilymns, 312. 552.
Home, by B. Barton, 406.
Hayti, Emigration to, 422. 575.
Henry, Patrick, bis Testimony for Chris-
Hippodrome at Constantinople, 562.
Important Discovery, 23.
Increase of Manufactures, 132.
Islands in South Sea, 140.
Influence of the Spirit, 250.
Indian Boys, 469.
Jadownicky's Address, 243.
Journal of Betsey Stockton, 253. 56).
Journal of Mr. Stevart, 277. i 20.
Letters from an Aged Minister of the
Gospel to bis Son, 11. 64. 105. 153.
202, 247, 298, 3-16. 392. 440. 535,
Lectures on the Catechism, 49. 97. 145.
193. 241. 289. 337. 385, 433, 481. 529.
Learned Triting, 23
Literary and Historical Society at Quebec,
Life and Writings of Barrow, 149.
Ladies' Society for the Jews, 187. 238.
Letters to the Editor, 102. 110. 187. 208.
Letters from Mr. Stewart, 235.
Literary Institution at Amherst, 284.
Letter from an Osage Missionary, 331.
Letters to Dr. Witherspoon, 349.
Letters to David Witherspoon, 346, 443.
Liberal Bequest, 421.
Luminous Plants, 421.
Large Tree, 421.
Lawson, Rev. J.'s Letter, 567.
Ministerial Diligence, 9.
Manufactory of Flour, a New, 41.
Moravian Settlement, destroyed, 87.
Marck's Medulla, reviewed, 129.
Medical Premiums, 132.
Murdock on Atonement, reviewed, 76.168.
Mechanicks’and Manufacturers' Magazine,
Milton's Latin Manuscript, 181,
Minutes of the General Assembly, 324. || Review of Cowper's Córrespondence,
Sermons for Children, 313.
Christian Philosopher, 314.
The Deliberative Directory,
Bower's Luther, 363.
Sumner's Evidences, 367.410.
Dana and Stuart on Atone.
ment, 416, 455,
Gibson's Help from on High,
Duncan's Sermon and Miller's
Lecture, 504. 552.
Dickey's Letters, 559.
Report of Serampore College, 182.
Report of Board of Education, 90.
Report of Directors of the Theological
Report of British and Foreign Bible So.
Revivals of Religion, 46. 400. 453.
Russia, 47. 190.
Reynold's Life of Christ, Extract from,
Rocking Stones, 420.
Roses in New York, 318.
Roads, Improvement in, 515.
Salt, Epsom, in Illinois, 42.
Steam-boat Improvement, 42. 563.
counts, 46, 93. 142. 189, 239, 284, 333.
380), 429, 477.525. 572.
Susquehanna Trade, 87.
Ship’s Compass, Improved, 87.
Season, The, 131.
South Sea Islands, 140.563.
Steam Vessel in India, 181.
Slavery, 181. 317.
Sinith, Rev. Mr., Account of, 185.
Scott's Bible, 230. 560).
Spinning Machine, 266.
Sumner's Evidences, 367. 410.
Swiss Liberality, 420.
Ships preserved from Sinking, 421.
Smollet's England, 515.
Singular Phenomenon, 515.
South Pole, Expedition to, 515.
Trifling, Learned, 23.
Tanning, a New Method of, 41.
Thornton, John, Lines by, 118.
Three Sisters, an Allegory, 159.
Wheat, New Species of, 131.
Wayland's Sermon, reviewed, 81.
Weather, The, 87.
Water Proof Cloth, 180.
Worcester's Sketches, 181.
217, 229, 258,
Year, Thoughts on the close of, 549.
Zeta, 303, 441.