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JACKSON, WALFORD, & HODDER, 27, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1867.

LOXDOX: UNWIN BROTHIERS, GRESHAM STEAJ PRESS,

BUCKLERSBURY, E.C.

PREFACE

TO THE

EIGHTH VOLUME.

NEW SERIES.

" THE MOTHERS' FRIEND” has now attained to its twentieth annual issue. Having been before the public for this long period, abundant opportunity has been given to judge of the merits of our little Magazine. The verdict upon

this

question is evidently not an equivocal one, for year after year, amidst a multitude of other periodicals, it has kept its ground. Let this speak for itself.

Our object in writing is not to gain applause, but to influence the minds and hearts of the Mothers of Britain for God. We seek to teach lessons of wisdom and piety which are of value for this world, and for that which is to come. Perhaps our circulation might be greater if we wrote to amuse rather than to instruct. We remember, however, the responsibilities of the writer who influences the minds and the actions of many thousands, and we try to discharge the duty laid upon us in the fear of Him who “requireth that which is past."

In this our work we invite the co-operation of our friends. We shall be thankful to receive any communication which they may think will be useful to us. For all such assistance rendered to us in the past we beg to offer our heartiest thanks; and we again appeal to all Christian mothers, all ministers of religion, and all Sabbath-school teachers, to aid us in instructing the

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