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THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS WORK ARE GIVEN TO

THE WIDOWS OF BAPTIST MINISTERS, AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CONTRIBUTORS.

(vol. I. THIRD SERIES.)

Speaking the truth in love.-Eph. iv. 15.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY WIGHTMAN AND CRAMP,

24, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1826.

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PREFACE.

In reviewing the labours of another year, the Editors cannot but express their gratitude to those kind friends by whose contributions their work has been enriched, and to the Public at large, for the increasing patronage with which it has been honoured. The success they have met with, and the testimonies of approbation with which they have been favoured, encourage them to persevere, and justify their hopes of continued and progressive prosperity.

In conducting this Miscellany, they wish to act without fear and without favour. They are, nevertheless, sincerely desirous of giving satisfaction to their friends in every part of the kingdom. But always to please, and to please all, cannot be expected. It remains, therefore, to seek useful and important ends, to cherish pure motives, and to give no unnecessary cause of offence; so doing, the results need not be dreaded. It may be proper to add, that if in any case their measures should not be approved, the Editors invite correspondence, and are ever ready to give explanations, and state the reasons of their conduct.

From rivalry and opposition, the Editors feel persuaded they have nothing to fear. They will only observe, that whatever may be their opinions of the comparative merits of contemporary publications, they will never obtrude those opinions on their readers ; much less suffer their pages to be disgraced by misrepresentation or scurrility. Weapons so contemptible and unholy they

leave to those who can use them. It will be their endeavour that this Magazine, in its language and spirit, shall be acceptable to the intelligent, edify the pious, and neither offend against good taste nor Christian decorum.

The Editors hope, in the ensuing year, to furnish their friends with many important communications, historical and theological. And while they promise to exert themselves to the utmost for the improvement of the work, they beg leave respectfully to solicit the aid of their brethren in the ministry, and of all who feel disposed to promote the great object they have in view. Their pages are open to free and temperate discussion ; and inquiries and essays relative to those points of faith and practice, in regard to which difference of opinion exists in the Denomination, will be readily inserted, in order to elicit thought and assist in the investigation of truth.

The friends of the Magazine are again reminded, that the profits are devoted to the widows of Baptist Ministers. For their sakes, therefore, the patronage of the Denomination is earnestly solicited, that by realizing a more extensive sale, the benevolent design of the work may be more fully accomplished. The sum of one hundred and nine pounds was voted at the last halfyearly distribution, making a total of TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND TWO POUNDS since the

year 1813. Well-executed Portraits and other embellishments will be given from time to time, and no exertion will be spared to render the work increasingly interesting and valuable.

Dec. 1826.

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