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Having, against hope, and we may almost say against prophecy, brought our third volume to a conclusion, our first purpose is to render our humble thanks to Almighty God, for the help which has enabled us to do so: secondly, we have to acknowledge our obligations to the friends, who have supported our work: and, thirdly, we are bound to express our gratitude to those Christian brethren, who have, with great plainness and affection, pointed out to us what displeased them in the conduct of the publication.
The idea of a general censorship exercised by a quarterly periodical, is liable to the obvious objection, —How many bad things it must of necessity leave unassailed and unnoticed! What entire masses of evils, errors, and abuses, moral, political, and religious, has our own work left untouched, up to the present moment! Yet some benefit may arise from our undertaking, though we cannot do all. We may set the church on her guard; by constantly sounding the alarm we may help to rouse her to a general watchfulness against all her foes, though we warn her only of a part;-^and, also, we may set an example; we may lead the way to plain speaking in others, and thus