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LONDON : HOULSTON AND WRIGHT. GLASGOW: DAVID ROBERTSON.

MDCCCLXIV.

MURRAT AND GIBB, PRINTERS, EDINBURGH.

PREFACE.

In completing our Volume for 1864, we have to express our grateful acknowledgments to those friends, who have encouraged our labours by intimations of their approbation, and especially to those able contributors whose papers have given to this Journal any interest or utility it may possess.

While admitting a due proportion of literary and biblical matter, and in

every number some contribution on practical religion, we have always studied to give prominence and space to topics of denominational interest. The free admission of articles and correspondence, taking somewhat diverse views on the question of Union with other Presbyterian Bodies, besides being fair and just in itself, has probably not only lent some attraction to our pages, but contributed in a certain degree to the formation of opinion throughout the Church.

The determination, announced on the fly-leaves of some of our later numbers, to avoid the common abuse of inserting reviews of new publications furnished by friends of the authors and publishers, has, we are glad to know, met with general approval. It will be acted on with strict impartiality, and must enhance the real value of that department of the Magazine. When the hired claqueurs are silenced, there is some chance of the real merits of a piece being known.

For the growing popularity and increasing circulation of the Magazine, we have reason to be thankful. But we might be, and certainly ought to be, more than we are, indebted to the efforts of friends for its introduction to new quarters, and the restoration of its favour with old readers, who may, from caprice or on good grounds, have discontinued it for a time. To plead any personal claims to support in the performance of a sometimes

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