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IN QU I R E R.

VOLUME I.

1838.

What saith the Scripture ?—Rom. iv. 3.

LONDON:

THOMAS WARD AND CO., 27, PATERNOSTER-ROW,

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

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PREFACE.

In reviewing the proceedings of the year, now drawing to a close, ve trust that we have been enabled, as conductors of THE INQUIRER, o accomplish, to some considerable extent, the important and interestng objects we had in view in commencing this periodical.

We would express our grateful acknowledgments to the many kind riends by whose substantial and effective aid we have been enabled to arry forward our undertaking until the present time; and also wish to Icknowledge the good wishes and fellow-feeling evinced by others, who have not yet been prepared actively and openly to co-operate with us. We have pursued our course thus far with less animadversion than night reasonably have been expected; and trust that where we may lave failed in fulfilling the desires of those whose judgment we respect, ve shall meet with all that candour which is due towards those who ustain the difficult position of Editors, and who have to decide immpartially respecting the admission of essays submitted to them for ublication.

We leave to the judgment of our readers to decide how far we have ucceeded in filling up the outline proposed in the Prospectus. In ne particular, however, we must admit a considerable deficiency to xist—that of GENERAL INTELLIGENCE. Our hopes on this head ave been disappointed, as the prospect had been held out to us, i the commencement of our periodical, that it would offer to our riends scattered through the country, an easy, agreeable, and advanageous medium of communication on those subjects of vital and aborbing interest which abound at the present crisis : it has, therefore, een a subject of surprise to us, while we find it has occasioned renark in some quarters, that comparatively so small a portion of inteesting intelligence relating to movements within the borders of the Society of Friends has found its way into our pages. Those who have

erused the work will readily allow that the defect does not rest with he conductors; and in thus adverting to the subject, we hope an

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