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METHODIST NEW CONNEXION
FOR THE YEAR 1879.
VOLUME XLVII., THIRD SERIES.
VOLUME LXXXII. FROM THE COMMENCEMENT.
LONDON: JOHN HUDSTON,
EDITOR AND BOOK STEWARD,
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION BOOK ROOM,
4, LONDON HOUSE YARD, ST. PAUL'S.
WE present another volume of our Connexional Magazine with some
degree of satisfaction, so far as the character of its contents is concerned. By the kindness of our correspondents, our pages present a somewhat larger chronicle of the life and operations of our churches than in former years. These records are very encouraging, and we trust have been stimulative of the zeal of many who are wishful to see the cause of God prospering among us.
We thank our several contributors for the excellent articles supplied by their pens. The subjects on which they have treated are of a general and abiding interest, and, speaking comprehensively, their articles are worthy of the themes on which they are written. The information given, and the admirable way in which it is presented, give to many of them a more than temporary interest. Our aim has been to furnish a magazine which may be referred to in years after its issue for useful reading, and in it, by the aid of those who have written for its pages, we have not altogether failed. Not that we expect we have met all demands, or gratified all tastes; to do this, the circumstances under which we work render impossible. The demands which some make on a denominational magazine are unreasonable, and the tastes cherished such that we should be sorry to minister to their gratification. The desire for flashy, sensational writing, which so much prevails at the present day, even among professedly religious persons, we have no sympathy with, and never expect to attract such readers to our pages.
Still we do not claim that our magazine is perfect. We can see many things relating to it in which improvement is possible, and indeed desirable. To attain such improvement will be our aim while we have the conduct of it, and we hope to find many helpers, with the all-prospering blessing of God, in our endeavour.
December 1, 1879.