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VOL. II.—NEW SERIES.
HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO., PATERNOSTER ROW;
JAMES NISBET AND CO., BERNERS STREET;
AND TO BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS.
We now complete another year and another volume, and we desire to acknowledge that good hand of our God upon us wủich has brought us hitherto.
We would also tender our best thanks to our kind contributors. The Moderator (the Rev. G. J. C. Duncan), the Rev. Dr. Paterson, the Rev. Messrs. Berry, Burns, Chalmers, M. Harvey, Huie, D. Munro, Nicolson, Ross, Weir, and Welsh, as well as the Rev. Messrs. Horatius and Andrew Bonar, and our late lamented friend, the Rev. W. H. Hewitson, Colonel Anderson, Robert Barbour, Esq., G. F. Barbour, Esq., and W. Hamilton, Esq., as well as some anonymous Correspondents, have laid us under many obligations. We have also to thank clerks of Presbyteries and others who have supplied us with our local intelligence. And we are sure that our readers join us in gratitude to the Correspondent whose rapid pen has preserved so many precious memorials of our honoured missionary, Mr. Burns. The index of last volume was compiled by Mr. John Hair ; that of the present volume by Mr. John O. Moore, and both expended much labour on this indispensable addition to the work. Nor are there any friends to whom the Editors are more indebted for help of every sort than to their kind coadjutors, Alexander Gillespie, Esq., and Hugh M. Matheson, Esq:
Will our readers bear with us while we entreat them, before the close of the year, to make an effort to extend our circulation ? There are two ways in which this might be materially promoted :
1. If those of our subscribers, who can afford it, would take in one, two, or more extra copies. We know at least one friend who regularly receives two copies, one of which he locks up the moment it arrives, that he may preserve an immaculate set for binding when the volume is completed, and the other copy is at the service of the children, and all the household. And who is there amongst us who has not friends in Scotland, Ireland, or the Colonies, to whom we could not do better than send a fourpenny “Messenger” once a month, which, besides interesting them in our Missions, would apprize them of our internal affairs ? Doubtless, there are many in our congregations by whom this small expenditure would