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VOL. VI. NEW SERIES.
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PUBLISHED BY SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND Co.,
STATIONERS' HALL COURT.
MEMENTOES associated with departed excellence possess a mournful interest. The completed volume now placed in the hands of our readers is one of these. The first two numbers were issued under the supervision of one who for twenty-six years had been actively employed in connection with this Magazine. The earlier part of the third number was arranged by him for publication, and an editorial note appended to the opening memoir, in which the news of the death of the Rev. G. Judd was referred to as "unexpectedly coming upon him ;" but before the number could be carried through the press, it was our painful duty to announce that, with equal suddenness, he also had been snatched away from our midst.
Called upon, thus unexpectedly, and while still smarting from recent bereavement, to take up the standard which had fallen from his hands, as he sank on the high places of the field, we threw ourselves on the kindness and forbearance of the Connexion, and carried it forward till the last Annual Association,
The willingness with which, during that interval, help had been given by “certain men of our company,” and the slightly increased sales of the periodical, induced us to propose to the brethren in Association assembled, to take the conduct of the Magazine on the terms agreed to by the late Editor ; and the brethren, after a friendly discussion of other plans, were pleased, by a cordial and unanimous vote, to accept our offer.
Since that time it has been the Editor's aim, by carrying out improvements determined upon by the late Editor, but which he did not live to accomplish, to throw increasing attraction into its pages. If, therefore, any excellencies are recognized by our readers in the later numbers, or indeed in any, during the period the Magazine has been under our management, they will now know from what source they originated.
The Editor frankly acknowledges that the periodical has never fairly reflected the intelligence, culture, and piety of the denomination ; nor