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1798 TO THE SECOND VOLUME.
T this conclusion of the second year of our Miscellany, wc
look back and bless the Father of Mercies with heart-felt gratitude, that He has brought us hitherto, and helped us thus far. Our work was begun in weakness, and we have had shame, poverty, and reproach to struggle with; but we have persevered, and still mean to persevere: testifying , That the living God is the (soter) Restorer of all men, especially of those that believe.' In oppofition to this
fcripture testimony, we see on the one hand our Calvinift brethren declaring that God doth not love all; but that he made the greater part to be endless monuments of his implacable vengeance: and on the other hand our Arminian brethren declaring we love of God to all; but admitting his final failure of restoring all. The God of the former, is great in power and wisdom; but capricious in his conduct, and deficient in goodness: Who that views this character can sincerely love it? The God of the latter, is exceeding good; but deficient in power and wisdon: Who car trust such a being? If, therefore, Calvinists and Arminians both love and trust the Deity, it is not under the characters which their several systems ascribe to him; but they are constrained to hide the imperfections which their views caft upon him, and boast of a God whose highest glory their several schemes will not admit of. We are happy that our feeble labours have had some success, and that the veil which has covered the divine character-through the errors of modern fashionable fyftems of religion-has, in measure, been removed: and that the glory of God has hone' forth on many minds, in the face of Jesus Christ. Truth, however long it may be obscured, will finally be triumphant; it will make its way, in spite of the united influence of force and fraud; it will enlighten the earth, and bless mankind with its benign and cheering inAuence.
The Universal cause, though still comparatively feeble, is increasing in numbers, learning, and respectability. A witness to its truth has lately appeared among the Episcopal Clergy, in the person of Mr. John Brown, M. A. late of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, who, in the present year, has published an Essay on the subječt. Our correspondents also are increasing, and we take this opportuuity to express our gratitude to them in general; and especially to our friend, Mr. Richard Wright, Pastor of the Universal Church at Wifbeach, whose acceptable labours have formed no inconsiderable part