I cannot allow Good Words
to close the first year of its existence without addressing a few
Editorial words to its numerous Readers.
When I accepted the
Editorship of this Magazine, my principal motive was the desire to provide
a Periodical for all the week, whose articles should be wholly original,
and which should not only be written in a Christian spirit, or merely
blend "the religious" with "the secular," but should also yoke them
together without compromise. As I have said in a former Number, it was my
earnest wish that our pages should, as far as possible, reflect the
every-day life of a good man, with its times of religious thought and
devotional feeling, naturally passing into others of healthy recreation,
busy work, intellectual study, poetic joy, or even sunny laughter! The
tens of thousands who buy the Magazine confirm me in the opinion, that I
have not misinterpreted the wishes or the wants of the great mass of our
Christian community. There are now, I hope, few who will sympathize with
the old Scotchwoman who remarked to her son whom she found reading a
"religious" book on a week-day, "O Sandy, Sandy! are ye no' frichtened to
read sic a guid buik as that, and this no' the Sabbath-day?"
It is my resolution to
carry out my original purpose more energetically than ever. The faithful
exhibition of Evangelical truth shall go hand-in-hand with every
department of a healthy literature.
I am glad to be able to
add, that the prospects of the Magazine are as bright as could be wished.
In addition to our old and much valued staff of contributors, to whom our
success is greatly owing, and to whom I return hearty thanks, we have been
able to add others, whose names will be familiar to all our Readers.
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