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LONDON: JOHN HUDSTON,
EDITOR AJTD BOOK STEWARD,
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION BOOK ROOM,
On completing our Volume for 1875 we feel that grateful acknowledgments are due to those Contributors who have so efficiently aided us to make its pages interesting and useful.
We refer, first of all, to the able and instructive Essays and Discourses on various important subjects, which by their kindness wo have been able to present monthly to our readers. Many of these are of more than passing interest, and will have a frequent perusal by those who become acquainted with their excellence.
The Contributors to the Biographical Department have laid us under special obligation. In this department the Volume is unusually rich. Besides the Sketches of our Early Ministry by the Kev. W. Baggaly, other pens have furnished many excellent memoirs and obituaries of beloved friends taken from our fellowship to join the society of heaven; excellent alike in their literary composition, and the instructive and encouraging incidents with which they are fraught. Their effect must be salutary on the minds of all careful readers, stimulating them to the resolve, not to be slothful in their Christian life, but rather imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
"We also refer with pleasure to the contents of the Connexional Department. Having no denominational newspaper, our people are mainly indebted to the Magazine for information of the work carried on in our churches. We have endeavoured during the past year to have the record of our material progress as complete as possible. Our desire with respect to this has not been fully realized, yet by the prompt help of some of our ministers and other friends we have reached a point which we think will be as gratifying to our readers as ourselves. The zeal and liberality manifested in material improvement and enlargement in nearly all parts of the Connexion, to which our pages give evidence, must fill the minds of our friends with thankfulness and joy.
It is our wish that the Magazine should also be the record of the spiritual life and work of our churches. At present difficulties are in the way of accomplishing this; we hope, however, they are not insuperable, and that before long it will become the usage of our ministers to supply us with information of any gracious work of God going on in their Circuits as it is now to furnish accounts of debts liquidated, or new chapels and schools erected.
To the Giver of all good we present our adoring thanks for His blessing which, beyond our deserts, He has bestowed upon our labours during the past, and earnestly pray that in the future He may yet more abundantly prosper upon us the work of our hands.