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ASHBEL GREEN, D.D.
FOR THE YEAR 1832.
By manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's
A. FINLEY, N. E. CORNER OF CHESNUT AND FOURTH STREETS.
Clark & Raser, Printers, 60 Dock Street.
On completing the tenth volume and the tenth year of our editorial labours, we solicit the indulgent attention of our readers, while we briefly advert to the origin and design of our work, the manner in which it has been conducted, the patronage it has received, the obstacles which have impeded its circulation, and its present position and prospects. At the time this Miscellany was com
mmenced, although there were several periodical publications whose general tenour was that of friendliness to the Presbyterian church, there was not one in which her peculiar doctrines, government and discipline, were advocated, and her institutions and operations specially commended to publick favour and patronage. It was to supply this deficiency, which was perceived and lamented by many who cherished an ardent attachment to our church, that the Christian Advocate,--succeeding to the Presbyterian Magazine-was brought before the publick. In the Prospectus to this publication, it was promised-and it is believed the promise has never been broken—that the general contents should be such as were calculated to gratify all, to whom the doctrines of the protestant reformation were precious; at the same time, nevertheless, it was distinctly intimated, that the Miscellany would be strictly Presbyterian in its character, scope and bearing. Such a publication, it was clearly foreseen, was to look for its principal support to the ministers and members of the church whose interests it professedly sought to promote; and a sanguine expectation was indulged-more by the friends of the editor than by himself-that the support would be large and liberal. This anticipation has never been realized; and why it has not, may deserve a short inquiry.
We believe that we may affirm without reserve, that there is not an institution in the Presbyterian church which this Magazine has not advocated, nor a controverted doctrine of our standards which it has not defended, nor a dangerous innovation on our ecclesiastical order which it has not resisted, nor a benevolent enterprise of the Presbyterian body which it has not commended, and earnestly endeavoured to aid and urge forward. Why then,
Why then, it may still be asked, has the patronage of this work been always so much less than was expected and predicted at its commencement? To any who may be disposed to make a short answer to this inquiry, by saying that the want of talent apparent in our work, accounts at once and sufficiently for its lack of patronage, we only reply, that in this opinion we know that they who offer it, differ from a good number of the best judges in our country, who are still our steadfast patrons and constant
readers. We have not a doubt that one, and a very influential cause, that our subscribers have not been more numerous is, that this Miscellany has not contained so much light reading, as was necessary to attract and gratify the popular taste. It was believed that there was already too