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THE STATE OF RELIGION

IN

GENEVA AND BELGIUM.

GLASGOW:

PUBLISHED BY JAMES MACLEHOSE.

EDINBURGH: A. AND C. BLACK. 11

OLIVER AND BOYD.

JOHN JOHNSTONE. LONDON: JACKSON AND WALFORD.

HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO. DUBLIN: JOHN ROBERTSON.

NOTICES

OF

THE STATE OF RELIGION

IN

GENEVA AND BELGIUM.

BY H. HEUGH, D.D.

GLASGOW:

JAMES MACLEHOSE, 83 BUCHANAN-STREET.

MDCCCXLIV.

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PREFACE.

The following chapters contain the substance of six Addresses, delivered in the course of November and December last, accompanied with some modifications, and considerable additions. The chapter on Belgium is the substance of a lecture delivered in April last, in Edinburgh, at the request of the Continental Society of that city. All the subjects treated would have admitted of much enlargement; but I was desirous of presenting them in a form as condensed as their importance would allow.

I am unable to account for the fact, that the religious condition of the European continent, and its claims on the zealous interest of Christians in this country, attract the regard of the friends of evangelical religion to so small a degree, comparatively, as they seem to have done hitherto. Far from me be the wish to abate exertion for the diffusion of the light of the Gospel over these populous regions, in the East, in the West, and in the South, which Divine Providence has subjected to the empire of Britain, or in any other quarter of the world. My fervent prayer is, that it may please God to augment those efforts a hundred fold. Nor do I wish to overlook or undervalue the influence of individuals, and of some Societies, whose benevolence has been directed to various parts of the Continent. But what

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