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DUBLIN:
WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. AND COMPANY,

9, UPPER SACKVILLE-STREET.
SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, LONDON.

1833.

PREFACE.

OUR Periodical having ñów brought to a close the Second Volume of a Second Series, as usual, at the termination of our year's labours, we deem it necessary to say something in the way of congratulation for the measure of success we have attained toof thanks to those who have continued to support us—and explanation as to wherefore we have not been more prosperous. That we have existed now for nearly nine years, and worked our way through evil and good report, is, we confess, to ourselves, no small matter of surprise and thankfulness—surprise, because, on looking back at the difficulties contended with, we wonder much how we have stood the struggle—thankfulness, because, flattering ourselves that we have done the Christian Cause and the Church in Ireland some service, we acknowledge our gratitude to that Great Directing Hand that has led us along, serving with good intentions, unfettered by the fear of man, his cause. Those merely conversant with the easy and generally prosperous course of a British periodical, may, perhaps, give little credit to our assertion, that we have had great and peculiar difficulties to contend with; but our Irish friends will, perhaps, appreciate, to some extent at least, our obstacles, and allow that, not only in a literary, but commercial view, our course may not have ran smooth. It is easy for the editor of a periodical, even of a religious character, to find, in the larger, more prosperous, and Protestant Isle, a class whose tastes are peculiarly suited to the matter he is able and willing to afford. He has, therefore, nothing to do but fit his supply to the taste and bias of the class, who are both able

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