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NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
No. 97. JANUARY, 1862. Vol. IX.
It is not without a feeling of self-distrast that we enter on the duties of an office which has been held for five-and-twenty years by such a man as Mr. Smithsou. Acting in accordance with a rule which we long since adopted for our guidance, never to seek office, but never, except for urgent reasons, to refuse it when freely and fairly offered, we have undertaken this work in obedience to the call of the Church. Sensible of the importance and responsibility of the trust which has been committed to us, it will be our endeavour, in dependence on Divine assistance, to discharge its duties with fidelity, according to the best of our ability. It will be our aim so to conduct ^fte Magazine, that it may be a faithful exponent of the principles of the church of which it is the recognised organ; that it may not only reflect but improve the moral and intellectual character of her members; and that it may secure the approval of those within the church, and the respect of those who are without. We are not so vain as to cherish or hold out the hope that we can do more for the magazine in this respect than our estimable and able predecessor has done. Indeed, we fear that, if thrown, as much as he has been, upon our own resources, we should find ourselves unable to do nearly as much as he has done. Convinced of this, and satisfied that it indicates an unhealthy state of things when the main burden of supporting our Periodical rests on the shoulders of the Editor himself, our first efforts, as the time for commencing our labours drew near, were to secure the cooperation of friends in the Church who were known to us to possess the abilities requisite for maintaining the usefulness and character of the magazine.
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