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ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS WORK,
TO THE WIDOWS OF BAPTIST MINISTERS,
RECOMMENDATION OF THE CONTRIBUTORS.
SPRAKING THE TRUTII IN LOVE.
Eph. IV, 15.
AND SOLD BY
B. J. HOLDSWORTH, ST. PAUL'S-CHURCH-YARD.
N reviewing their labours at the close of another Volume of the Magazine, the Conductors devoutly and gratefully acknowledge the Divine Goodness which has been manifested" from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the rear."
The recent accession of some of their brethren, highly distinguished for talents and usefulness, as contributors to the work, has greatly strengthened the hands of the Editors.
It is a subject for mutual congratulation, between the Proprietors and the Supporters of the work, that, from its sale, the Funds for assisting our Widows are unimpaired; wbile the harmony of its Managers and Editors have been winterrupted.
Respecting the peculiar tenets of the Denomination, while the Editors had no reason to expect they would not, or even to wish they might not, be scrutinized, yet they had concluded, that empty decla:nation and scurrility would have been no more enıployed. That those who conduct a publication, professing loudly to respect the “ congregational order” of our churches, should have displayed greater hostility and virulence than most of their predecessors, is a cause, if not of surprise, yet of regret. The Congregationalists of the Baptist Denomination are called upon to discountenance such illiberality; and we should expect the “confessed Baptists,” also, who “ belong to the Independent Churches:"_unless they can tamely submit to the charges of being "great gossips,” and “ great zealots;" as those who interrupt their harmony, and destroy their peace, will evince. a dignified and Christian disapprobation.
Sec the Congregational Magazine for October; Articles of Rcr. F. 1. Cox's Work on Baptism."
The Editors have thought it right, during this year, to admit papers on a controverted subject, relating to their own denomination ; viz. “ Whether baptism be or be not a term of communion at the Lord's table :”—They are aware of the delicacy which is required in regard to this dispute, and must claim the confidence of their brethren as to what shall be printed, and as to the extent to which the controversy shall be carried. They feel persuaded that all their readers would have regretted, had not two admirable letters, from brethren differing in opinion, been published in answer to taunts and inuendoes that have recently appeared in a monthly dissenting Review ;* which, from the first of its establishment, has been indebted chiefly to the able support and liberal encouragement of persons belonging to our Denomination. While the spirit manifested in the letters, referred to, is maintained and preserved, there will be no danger that any disruption of the Denomination will be occasioned :—for, though there may be a difference in sentiment, yet the most cordial interchange of kind and friendly offices, it is hoped, will be continued, and the associations of our churches remain undisturbed.
The Editors earnestly request Ministers, and others of reputation in the Denomination, to employ their influence to promote the increased circulation of the Magazine: if some active person in each of our churches, would undertake to make its objects generally known, its sale, though considerable, might be greatly extended.
That the Divine blessing may descend in copious showers to water and fructify every hill of Mount Zion, and to make the places round about it a blessing; and that the Magazine may be rendered an eminent mean for promoting evangelical and correct principles among our Churches, is the ardent and sincere prayer of
Dec. 1, 1824.
See the Eclectic Review for Sept. 1824; Article, « Mr. Hinton's Portraiture."