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“ If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

VOL. I.

LONDON:
F. BAISLER, 124, OXFORD STREET;

2, EXETER HALL ;
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO.; R. GROOMBRIDGE;

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

MDCCCXL.

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In reviewing our labours for the past nine months, we find much cause for gratitude to the Giver of every good and every perfect gift, for the measure of success which has attended our feeble efforts to promote the glory of our God and Saviour. We trust that the blessing of the Almighty will rest still more abundantly upon future exertions in this most important sphere of Christian duty—that the minds of our Operative brethren, who are dear to us in the bonds of the everlasting gospel, may be more and more enlightened by the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit to discern the Antiscriptural character of the doctrines of Popery, the antisocial nature of her practices, and the intolerant and persecuting spirit by which her “infallible” councils have been animated, and her base and cruel bulls, canons and decretals conceived and carried into execution.

We feel it a peculiarly pleasing occupation to convey information on these vital matters to the Operatives of England—and if, by so doing, we are instrumental in putting any of them on their guard against the insidious approaches of Popish influences, the subtle sophistries and specious reasoning of Romish emissaries, and the “cunningly devised” tracts and papers put into circulation through the length and breadth of the land by the agents and abettors of the great Apostacy—we shall feel ourselves amply repaid for any little trouble which may attend our humble labours in the cause of Christ. Doubtless, if upholding the glory and honour of our dear Redeemer, if maintaining His rights and prerogatives against Popish assumptions, His truth and faithfulness against Popish corruptions and innovations, be a good work, we may consider ourselves engaged in one. For our earnest and sole desire in undertaking the management of this little journal has been “ to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints,” and to stir up the pure minds of our Operative brethren by way of remembrance to the faithful and zealous discharge of the same momentous duty.

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