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Good Words 1860
Edited by Norman MacLeod


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.

From the 1875 edition edited by the Rev. Donald MacLeod

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