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NEW SERIES -VOL. XI.I WHOLE SERIES-VOL. XXIX.
EDITED BY JOSEPH F. WINKS.
The Editor's Prefatory Address .
This volume is our twenty-ninth, and therefore we shall, next year, if Divine mercy permit, enter upon the thirtieth year of our humble labours.
We trust we shall not be considered as indulging in vain-glory in thus referring to a remarkable fact in the history of this periodical and its Editor, throughout a period which is usually regarded as a "generation" in human existence. For if there be one feeling predominant in our mind on a review of that history, it is gratitude to God for his great goodness in permitting us for so long a period to fulfil our engagements, however imperfectly, in our own opinion or the judgment of others, they may have been discharged.
a remarkable fact,” for we believe it is one; that for so long a period one individual has been permitted, alone, and unhelped by assistants, to publish every month, without one failure, a periodical of this character; which, though of very humble pretensions, has required great care in the selection of its articles, and in the preparation of its intelligence for the press. And it is not with any desire of claiming distinction or seniority that we say, we know not an Editor of any religious periodical who has been engaged at his work for a longer period.
Moreover, we may venture on permission to state, that this is not the only publication which the Editor has prepared and published. As many as four others, mostly of a juvenile character, but each requiring considerable care and labour, are now, and have been for some time, also issued monthly.
But we have said enough, perhaps too much in the opinion of some, about ourselves and our services in this department of christian labour. Well: may God forgive us if we have! We would give to Him, and Him alone, all the glory of any good we may have been instrumental in effecting. One thing we know; if He had not permitted us we could not have done what we have.
And now as to the future. Through the good hand of God upon us, we feel as fresh and as vigorous for the prosecution of our peculiar work as we ever did. When this publication and the Baptist Children's Magazine were commenced, there were no such cheap publications among the Baptists. The attempt to introduce them was so successful that it attracted the attention of other denominations—of Dr. Campbell, among the Independents, especially, who referred to them pointedly in the spirited address which he circulated among that body previously to the appearance of the cheap magazines he afterwards issued.
Since then, numerous periodicals, both of a denominational and a general character, have appeared, and, as might be expected, their appearance has, to some extent, affected our circulation. But the Baptist Reporter yet lives; and it is the desire of its Editor to continue its conduct on the principles set forth at its commencement—as the impartial reporter of the proceedings of every section of Evangelical. Baptists.
He hopes, therefore, that he may ask for a continuance of the patronage of the whole body of baptists, especially of those whose circumstances, do not