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BAPTIST MAGAZINE

FOR

1837.

THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS WORK ARE GIVEN
TO THE WIDOWS OF BAPTIST MINISTERS, AT THE RECOM-

MENDATION OF THE CONTRIBUTORS.

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PREFACE.

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In completing the twenty-ninth volume of the Baptist Magazine, and the third series of its numbers, the Editors would respectfully solicit the attention of their numerous readers to a brief retrospect of its history.

The work was commenced in the west of England, January, 1809, and numbered among its earliest contributors, in London and the country, ministers and friends of eminent piety and distinguished attainments, as Ryland, Fuller, Hinton, Newman, &c., &c. ; who, during the continuance of their estimable lives, enriched its pages by their valued communications, and, by their extensive influence, effectively patronized its benevolent design.

After having, for some time, encountered the disadvantages almost necessarily connected with provincial management, it was deemed expedient that this periodical should be conducted in the metropolis ; and arrangements for that purpose having been effected, the transfer took place in the early part of 1812.

Since that period, the Baptist Magazine, in common with its numerous contemporaries, in endeavouring to adjust itself to the rapid increase of weekly and monthly publications, has, on various occasions, attempted such improvements as progressive events appeared to suggest; and further improvements—in reference to typography, &c.,—were in contemplation for the ensuing volume. Moreover, in pursuing, through nearly thirty years, its beneficent course, it has had the honour of competing with several confessedly rival publications, and of witnessing these ephemeral efforts become successively defunct.

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