« PreviousContinue »
PUBLISHED BY FREDERICK WESTLEY AND A. H. DAVIS,
AND INNES, EDINBURGII.
AND SOLD BY
In laying before the Christian public the Forty-first volume of the Evangelical Magazine, its conductors cannot but express their devout gratitude to that gracious Being, who has made it the instrument of so much good to the human race. Little did its original founders imagine what an engine of moral power they were constructing, when they determined the plan on which it should be conducted, and issued the first number of the work. Theirs was the happiness of men who entered on their undertaking in the fear of God, with humble views of themselves and their labours, and who lived to see results which, in their most sanguine moments, they had never ventured to anticipate. How monitory to those who had the happiness of being fellow-workers with them, for a time,—they are all removed from their labours to their reward! Of late, every passing year has witnessed some diminution of their ranks, and the present year has been more fatal than any of its predecessors. The removal of Hill, and Parsons, and Thorp, and Winter,-men so eminent in their generation, and so long associated in the Trusteeship of this Magazine,-presents a loud call to survivors to “work while it is day, since the night cometh, in which no man can work.” It is truly affecting to think that, in a space not exceeding five years, thirteen of the early supporters of this work have been called away into eternity; so that none of “ the fathers” now survive to watch over the interests of a publication which has done so much to unite brethren, to spread intelligence, to advocate truth, and further the interests of our several religious and benevolent institutions. May “the wisdom that cometh from above” be granted to those who “have entered into their labours,” that they may discern the "signs of their own times," and that they may as faithfully, perseveringly, and successfully discharge their duty to their particular generation as they did to theirs !
It is the intention of the Editors to introduce into the future numbers of the Magazine a larger share of foreign religious intelligence; and for this purpose they have opened interesting correspondences with several respectable individuals on the continent of Europe, who have undertaken, from time to time, to furnish original and authentic details of the present state of