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WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTORE ?"
THE second year of Editorial labours is now terminated. In reviewing our progress during the publication of our enlarged series, we have met with many discouragements on the one hand, and much to encourage us on the other. The circulation of the Advocate has not increased in proportion to the additional expence incurred by its enlargement; but we have been assured on good authority, that its improved form and enlarged size has given general satisfaction to its readers, and this is some compensation.
We never expected that the Christian Advocate would obtain a very extensive circulation, or that it would become a Magazine for the multitude ; we knew the name it bears, and the doctrinal sentiments maintained in it would prove an insuperable barrier to its popularity. We have not therefore been disappointed by its comparatively limited circulation; on the contrary, we have much cause to rejoice at the progress it has made, and the numerous friends it has secured in various quarters; intimations of which have been conveyed to us several times in the course of the year. And not a few have expressed their deep regret at the bare possibility of its being discontinued. Nor has this been expressed in words only, but by deeds. To ensure its continance, a considerable number have volunteered to take two copies instead of one; and to avail themselves of every opportunity of making it known, and extending its circulation; and we take this opportunity of returning our sincere acknowledgment to these friends for their kind exertions on our behalf.
We are indebted for much of the original matter contained in the present volume to a few able correspondents who have favoured us with their articles; and to all and every of them we tender our hearty thanks; not excepting those with whom we have not had the happiness to agree in all matters. We scorn the narrow-mindedness which would close the pages of a Periodical intended for the investigation as well as the propagation of truth, against every article which does not happen to square with the Editor's views, or even of the body to which he belongs; truth has nothing to fear from investigation.
With regard to the Editor's own share in the production of the present