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THE

UNITED SECESSION

MAGAZINE.

VOL. I.--NEW SERIES.

HLO

EDINBURGH:
WILLIAM OLIPHANT AND SONS, 7, SOUTH BRIDGE.

MDCCCXLIV.

MURRAY AND GIBB, PRINTERS, GBORGE STREET, KDINBURGH. TO OUR READERS.

On bringing our annual labours to a close, we seek to be indulged in a few parting words to our Readers, not with the intention of bidding them farewell, but in the way of tendering to them our acknowledgments for their accompanying us so steadily in the past part of our way, and of expressing our good hope to meet them again, and to receive their accustomed welcome when we commence for another year our monthly communications. If we have come short of the expectations of our friends, we can truly say that it has not arisen from any want of good will to make our lucubrations acceptable and useful; and that the approbation of the candid, and their suggestions of improvement, will equally stimulate and encourage us to do our utmost to make our Miscellany worthy of acceptance among all classes of our Readers. In the meantime we are glad to have it to say, that the testimonies of approval with which we have been favoured, are such as to afford ample encouragement to persevere in our labours.

We should be greatly wanting to ourselves as lying under obligations, as well as seeking to confer them, were we to omit the present opportunity of cordially acknowledging the steady assistance of our contributors, to whose promptitude and ability, it is plain, we must stand indebted for the means of meeting the wishes and promoting the improvement of the readers of our Journal.

We solicit more frequent communications of a practical and devotional character, as it is our great wish

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