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ISSUED IN NUMBERS, ONE HALFPENNY EACH.
EDITED BY JOSEPH FOULKES WINKS.
EIGHTEEN monthly numbers of this little periodical having now appeared, they will form our first volume.
In reviewing our progress thus far, we may be permitted to make a few observations.
When the first number of this little Magazine appeared, we considerately asked for a circulation of twenty-five thousand. Some might have asked for ten times as many. But we consider. ately regarded all the circumstances, and modestly proposed a reasonable and attainable number. We were aware that the ground was to some extent already occupied, and that the views of scriptural truth which we must advocate would be such as would probably form an objection in certain quarters, and limit our circulation. All these, and other things, we duly considered. Could we have persuaded ourselves that we might be at liberty to suppress a portion of scriptural truth, we should in all probability have found more favour in the eyes of many, and, as a consequence, a wider circulation. But this we could not do. We would not willingly offend any, but we must be faithful to the truth. We regard it as one of the evils of the present day, that the Word of God is made of none effect by the traditions of men, or, by the pretensions of a spurious charity.
Setting out, then, on the ground of scriptural truth as regards both doctrine and discipline, we have not turned aside either to the right hand or to the left, and we design, by the guidance and help of God, to continue in the same course. It may not be so easy, or prosperous, but it is more straightforward and safe.
Well: how have we sped with our project ? Pretty well upon the whole. We are more than half way to the 25,000, and it would now be quite easy to accomplish the remainder. Quite easy : how? Just let each present subscriber secure another, and the thing is done. And in persuading a neighbour to spend one halfpenny monthly, no man, or woman either, will require much eloquence or power of persuasion. The thing, we say, may be easily done, and we hope it will, not merely that we may be remunerated, which we scarcely are with our present circulation, but that more extensive good may be effected.