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METHODIST NEW CONNEXION
FOR THE YEAR 1871.
VOLUME XXXIX., THIRD SERIES.
VOLUME LXXIV. FROM THE COMMENCEMENT.
LONDON: J. H. ROBINSON,
EDITOR AND BOOK STEWARD,
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION BOOK ROOM,
THE Editor presents his compliments to the numerous readers of this Magazine at this season of the year, and wishes for each of them health, prosperity, and spiritual advancement during the year which will shortly open upon us.
He also presents his thanks to the valued correspondents who have aided him in his work, and hopes to receive that assistance in the future, so far as their time and convenience will allow.
Tastes are different different among contributors, and much more so among readers of such a Magazine as this. Ideal perfection is perhaps unattainable; and perfection itself, even in its ideal form, is an uncertain factor in the account. Everything in this account is relative; and perfection to one is not necessarily perfection to another.
All that can be hoped for or aimed at is to keep the main end in view, which the Editor understands to be to produce a Magazine which shall advance the interests of true religion, good morals, and earnest piety; affording at the same time a medium whereby to herald our Connexional progress, defend our principles, and stimulate Connexional liberality, zeal, and enterprise. A considerable portion of such a publication must necessarily record the incidents which have filled up the lives, and the triumphs which have honoured the deaths, of our brethren and sisters who are called to their reward before us. Our Biography, to us at least, is the richest part of the contents of our Magazine; and we have ever read with care, attention, and profit, what has been said of the holy living and happy dying of those beloved ones who have "gone up higher." Our Missionary work has assumed dimensions and an importance which give it a claim to frequent and sometimes to lengthy notice; and this, with the matter in our usual Connexional department, is among the most attractive of the contents of our Magazine.