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OF BAPTIST MINISTERS, AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CONTRIBUTORS.

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PUBLISHED BY HOULSTON AND STONEMAN,

65, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1844.

LONDON:

J. HADDON, PRINTER, CASTLE STREET, FINSBURY.

PREFACE.

The volume to which this leaf is prefixed is the thirtysixth of a work that has yielded more than five thousand pounds to the necessitous widows of deceased ministers, among whom its profits have been divided.

It is also the seventh of a series intrusted to the superintendence of the present editor. He desires to acknowledge the candour with which bis efforts to render it subservient to the highest interests of the baptist churches have been received by many of the most respected of their ministers and deacons, and to say that he values highly the expressions of approbation with which he is occasionally favoured.

To conduct the Magazine in accordance with the motto that has been for so many years on its title-page,—"speaking the truth in love;" to cherish a spirit of harmonious co-operation among all who are of one mind in reference to that divine institution by which believers "put on Christ;" and to promote the consistency, the spiritual-mindedness, and the efficiency of those churches which are formed on New Testament principles, are objects which the editor wishes to keep continually in view, and for which he labours night and day. How far his endeavours are successful, it is for others to determine.

WILLIAM GROSER.

London, November 25, 1844.

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