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District. Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty second day of January, A. D. 1817, and in the FortsAre Year of the Independence of the United States of America, the Trustees of the Baptist Missionary Society of Massachusetts, of the said District, bave deposited in this office the Title of a Book, lhe Right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to sit : “ THE AMERICAN BAPTIST MAGAZINE, AND MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCER. NEW SERIES. That they all may be One...***Jesus. One Lord, one faith, one baptism..................Paul."
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JOHN W. DAVIS,
Clerk of the District of Mosatbarets:
TO THE FRIENDS AND PATRONS OF THE
Baptist Missionary Magazine.
ENCOURAGED and assisted by your liberal support, the Editor has been enabled to complete the fourth volume. He is sensible, that to your candour and liberality he is indebted for the increasing patronage and respectability which the Magazine has obtained.
To propagate religious intelligence, and promote a Missionary spirit, were the great objects which first induced the Trustees of the Baptist Missionary Society of Massachusetts to propose this periodical work. While these objects have been kept steadily in view, its pages have been occasionally occupied by other subjects. Fee. bly as this work has been conducted, the Editor indulges the pleasing satisfaction, of its having contributed, in no inconsiderable degree, towards elevating the tone of religious feeling among his brethren, and exciting a more ardent and systematic zeal in the missionary cause. Through this medium, churches, widely dispersed, have been made acquainted with each other's circumstances, and with the wonderful things which God has been doing in our land.
The propagation of the Gospel among the heathen, the distant bope of which we at first but faintly cherished, has now become a subject of the highest interest. In this, as in leading the Israelites through the wilderness, the Lord evidently went before us, and marked out our way. Hence in what we have hitherto done, we have but followed the leadings of divine Providence. These cir. cumstances, with which you have already been made acquainted, have determined the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, to fix on the Burman empire, as the scene of their future efforts in the heathen world, should divine Providence favour their design. Our fondest hopes and wishes rest upon this mission. God grant that they may be more than realized.
lo procuring the publication, distributing the numbers, and in collecting the proceeds of the Magazine, the Editor has hitherto been the sole agent. This trust he has now resigned to the Board, The subscribers therefore will, in future, receive their numbers either of Deacon James Loring, No. 2, or of Messrs. Lincoln & Edmands, No. 53 Cornbill, who are appointed agents for the above purpose.