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VOL. FIFTY-FIVE, FROM THE COMMENCEMENT.
LONDON: WILLIAM COOKE,
EDITOR AND BOOK-STEWARD,
No. 3, ALBANY CRESCENT, ALBANY ROAD, OLD KENT ROAD.
In committing to the hands of our friends the closing number of another volume of the Magazine, we are reminded of our mortality, of our duties and responsibilities. Another year has taken its rapid flight, and so much of the brief period of our probation has passed away. Thus we swiftly approach the end of life and the solemn hour of judgment. Many who commenced the year with us have entered the eternal world. Some gifted minds that used to enrich these pages with their thoughts have gone to their everlasting home. Amid these mutations, how forcible the admonition, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” The venerable Wesley justly observes, “ I am á creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulph, till a few moments hence I am no more seen.
I drop into an unchangeable eternity. I want to know one thing, the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore." If the pages of our periodical have contributed to point out that way to the anxious inquirer, to restore to that way the unhappy wanderer, and to preserve in that way the endangered traveller, our most important designs and aims have been accomplished. In such results we shall feel a holy satisfaction that, though deprived the opportunity of labouring, as formerly, in the pulpit, we have not lived in vain.
The existence of a Connexional periodical is, in the present day, essential to our Connexional existence. Indeed, without one we should have no suitable chronicle of our operations, no memorial of departed worth, no organ to express our sentiments, to expound and defend our principles, to stimulate to intellectual action, to rouse to Christian enterprize and zeal. Nutnerous as are the periodicals which in the present day are thrown forth on the surface of society, it is certain that no one, however excellent, would be adapted to answer the special and peculiar purposes
of our own. On this ground, therefore, it stands foremost in its claims to the support of all true friends of the Connexion which it represents.
The Editor feels it a duty to present his cordial thanks to those ministers and friends whose productions have helped to enrich our pages, and to interest and edify our readers. Thanks are also due to
those whose friendly influence and exertions have contributed to augment the circulation of the Magazine to near twice the extent that it was some years ago, and to realize an unprecedented amount of profits for the several benevolent objects of the Connexion. Most earnestly does the Editor solicit a continuation of these important services.
It may not be improper here to refer to the purposes of the coming year. It will gratify our numerous readers to be informed that the Magazine in future will be enlarged to fifty-six pages. This has long been felt by the Editor to be a desideratum to afford more ample scope for articles of general interest; and the experiment is now to be entered upon in the earnest and confident hope that the expense of this enlargement will be more than met by an augmented number of subscribers. If the circulation be raised to 4000 copies per month we shall be indemnified against loss, and a clear surplus will be realized as a further augmentation of the profits of the year. The Editor is aware that this announcement will involve additional obligations and responsibilities on himself; but he is ready cheerfully to sustain them for the interests of the Connexion and the glory of God. Besides, while his present stock of materials is not small, he is encouraged by the assurance of help from gifted ministers and friends, whose contributions will impress our pages with mental power, and be perused with avidity by our readers, and, by the divine blessing, enlighten, edify, and profit the souls of our people.
Having made these statements, the Editor calmly commits the hands of his readers both the past and the future, being confident that his efforts will be received with candour and sustained by kind co-operation; and looking with humble expectation for the blessing of that God who has graciously promised that his truth shall not return unto him void, but shall accomplish that which he pleases and prosper in the thing whereto he sends it. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the Church, by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
3, ALBANY CRESCENT, ALBANY ROAD, LONDON.
November 18, 1862.