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LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY JOHN MASON,
WESLEYAN CONFERENCE OFFICE, 14, CITY-ROAD;

AND SOLD AT 66, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

LONDON: PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.

PREFACE

THE “ copy" for the last month of the year is already in the printer's hands, and we are now called to supply the Preface for the entire volume of the Magazine, and thus, to conclude our editorial labours for 1848. The call reminds us of our annual duty. Once more we have to acknowledge the kindness of the correspondents who have contributed so materially to enable us to furnish our readers, regularly, with a monthly Number not altogether unworthy of their acceptance. We do this with an unfeigned gratitude ; fully assured as we are of the value of the articles which have been sent to us, and which we have gladly used according to the intention of the contributors. And as our own labours are continuous,-month after month succeeding to each other, nay, year after year, (we could almost say, if we only regarded our own feelings, and not that regular course of time which is altogether independent of them,) with increasing rapidity, -in returning our customary hot sincere thanks for the favours of the past, we must earnestly solicit their continuance for the future. And we are the rather induced to do this, from our growing sense of

mportance of the work in which we are engaged, and of the

necessity of its accomplishment in the most efficient manner. T he most ordinary times, and only looking at circumstances that never vary, our task is most responsible. We are not onnointed

once that we may afford a monthly opportunity of agreeable Telaxation and amusement to the many thousands who honour our aces with their perusal, nor even that we should seek to promote their

mont in subjects merely secular. The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine was originally designed for the spiritual welfare of its readers,

struction in righteousness of immortal souls. Our object is as that which is proposed by the divinely instituted ministry

though the means to be employed are, in some respects,

tward form, somewhat different. We speak thus compafor substantially, even the means are the same, namely, the

ation of TRUTH, whether by direct statement, or by its communication of TRUTH, whether by

tive defence against the often-changing but always-imposing argumentative defence against the oft

or. And it is impossible to look back on the events of the forms of error. And it is impossible to loc

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