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PANOPLIST,

AND :

MISSIONARY MAGAZINE UNITED.

FOR THE YEAR ENDING

JUNE 1, 1812,

VOLUME IV. NEW SERIES.

BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL ”T. ARMSTRONG,

Cornhill.
The former volumes, bound and lettered, may be had of him, price $2,75

per volume.

1812,

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PREFACE.

W ITH the last number of another volume it becomes. our duty to address our readers.

On looking at the contents of this fruit of another year's editorial labors, we do not find occasion to offer many 'remarks. It is not always safe for authors to discourse concerning their own productions; and perhaps the conductors of Magazines are not less exposed to make an erroneous estimate respecting their works, than other writers. Into whatever mistakes of inadvertence, or of ignorance, we may have failen, we are convinced that the Panoplist has been engaged in a good cause, in the cause of piety and virtue, a cause which will finally be victorious over every species of delusion. Being thus convinced, it has given us great pleasure to learn, that a considerable number of persons read our pages with candor and with interest, and that the continuance of our work is probably more anxiously desired, than at any former period. It is proper to observe, in this place, that the religious public must decide whether any religious Magazine can be permanent in this country. It is already decided in the mind of every reflecting man, who has the interests of the Church at heart, that such a work will be always needed. Nor is there less doubt, that in order to keep up a monthly publication with spirit, it inust receive an extensive and general patronage. After much hesitation we have determined to continue our labors, with the Divine permission, another year. If, at the end of this term of probation, there appears to be a prospect of vigorous and zealous support, we shall look forward with pleasure to future editorial cares, and shah

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