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SHERWOOD, GILBERT, AND PIPER, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
BROTHER WILLIAM PRINGLE,
Of the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge, Edinburgh,
WHOSE RESEARCHES INTO THE CHRONICLES OF SCOTTISH MASONRY
HAVE BEEN DISTINGUISHED BY
LEARNING, ASSIDUITY, AND CHARACTERISTIC MODESTY,
WHOSE EXEMPLARY ZEAL HAS SUSTAINED MASONIC PRINCIPLE,
AND WHOSE FRIENDSHIP IS PRIZED BY THE INDITER OF THESE FEW LINES
AS A PEARL BEYOND PRICE,
THIS VOLUME OF
The Freemasons' Quarterly Review,
(WHICH, WITH EVERY PRECEDING ONE, HAS BEEN ENRICH ED FROM THE STORES OF
HIS GIFTED MIND)
IS GRATEFULLY AND SINCERELY DEDICATED.
NEW SERIES. - MARCH 31, 1843.
“I have ever felt it my duty to support and encourage its principles and practice, because it powerfully developes all social and benevolent affections ;-because it mitigates without, and annihilates within, the virulence of political and theological controversy—because it affords the only neutral ground on which all ranks and classes can meet in perfect equality, and associate without degradation or mortification, whether for purposes of moral instruction or social intercourse.”—The Earl of DURHAM on Freemasonry, 21st Jan. 1834.
The Reader may probably inquire, why is a new series necessary? We were content with an old friend, and yet not so very old; nine years can scarcely partake of age: perhaps it may be that a New Editor is about to start from the course of his predecessors, and treat us with a new lesson on consistency. Nothing of the sort, courteous reader; the same contributors that have for nine years greeted your favour, will, with some added friends, strive to maintain it. Our reasons for a very slight addition to our title are simple, and yet we trust sufficiently cogent.
First. Having kept the promises held out to the Masonic world faithfully for nine years, during which many eventful changes have taken place, we flatter ourselves that there appears to be a tendency to a general good understanding, and therefore consecrate ourselves to the maintenance of peace and good-will, reserving to ourselves both the will and the power to speak out to the first that shall disregard this principle.
SECONDLY. As we have concluded all current matter, a New Series cannot commence at a better time.