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FOR THE YEAR 1804;
Religious and Interesting Communications,
TO EDIFY CHRISTIANS, AND INFORM THE RI.
The Profits of this Work are to be applied to the support of Missionaries
in the New Settlements and among the Indians of North America.
THE EDITORS APPOINTED BY THE SOCIETY ARE,
SAMUEL WORCESTER, A. M.
JACOB NORTON, A. M.
PAUL LITCHFIELD, A. M.
FOR THE EDITORS.
THIS MAGAZINE was commenced with no very
I raised expectations. In addition to the seri. ous discouragements, which, at all times, attend an undertaking of this kind, other Publications, upon a similar plan, and of acknowledged merit, had fe. cured a deserved patronage, which forbade the hope of obtaining for this a very extensive circulation, or a very numerous subscription. The desire, how. ever, “ to do good and to communicate," and the persuasion that there is no other way, in which, at fo cheap a rate, so much might be expected to be done, for the diffusion of religious knowledge, for the edification of the Lord's people, and for the promotion of the general interests of his kingdom, prevailed over all the obstacles which presented, and induced to the experiment of a religious periodi. cal Publication in MASSACHUSETTS. The experi. ment has hitherto succeeded beyond expectation. Notwithstanding all the embarrassments with which it has been attended, the net proceeds of this work have made a very handsome addition to the funds of the MisSIONARY Society. Encouraged by this success, the Society at the late meeting directed the EdsTORS to continue the PUBLICATION. · The task is arduous. To conduct a work of this nature with advantage requires, as will readily be perceived, no inconsiderable share of attention and labour; and after all the attention and labour which can be bestowed, it is not to be expected that all, who feel themselves concerned, will be satisfied. By some it is wished that a greater proportion of the MAGAZine might be made up of doctrinal dissertations, and elaborate discussions of the higher points of Theology. Others would prefer a great. er proportion of short narratives, interesting scraps, or pieces of a more practical or experimental nature. By some it is wished that different senti. ments and controversial pieces may be freely ad. mitted ; by others, that they may be totally exclu. ded. Amidst this diversity of tastes and wishes, it is impossible that all should be suited. But though the EDITORS cannot promise to give universal fat. isfaction"; yet they hold themselves pledged to conduct the Work according to their best judg. ment; and to use their best endeavours to render it as extensively acceptable and useful as the case will admit. And while engaged in this service, as their labour is not for their own emolument, but for the public good, they ask for candour, for Christian patronage, and for generous assistance. Individuals, who may not be perfectly pleased, may yet suppose, that, on the whole, the Publication may be useful; and, therefore, will not, it is hoped, refuse it their friendly countenance and attention. Communi. cations of every description, suitable for the MAGAZINE, are earnestly solicited, and will be grateful. ly received. The MEMBERS of the Society, espe. cially, as they are individually as deeply interested in the success of the Magazine as the EDITORS themselves, will feel their obligation, according to their ability and influence, to contribute to enrich its pages and to extend its circulation. Exertion is, required; and if suitable exertion be made, there is reason to hope that much good may be done. Let it be remembered, that the whole prof. its arising from this work are to be faithfully appropriated to Missionary Purposes; and, therefore, while it promotes religious knowledge and Christian edification, within the limits of its circulation, it procures, also, the means of spreading the gospel in other regions. Let every member of the Society, then, let every friend to the kingdom of the ReDEEMER, be alive to the object here presented. And may He, whose cause it is intended to pro. mote, vouchsafe upon the undertaking, his gracious benediction.